It is no secret that we all love to relax, and what better way is there to partake in a leisure activity by going to a hot tub or spa? These spas, saunas and hot tubs offer many health benefits and have been around for years. Have you ever wondered about the history of the spa, and who came up with this wonderful idea? Read on to find out.
It was a long-held Greek belief that bathing in hot water was a great treatment for a whole host of sicknesses. The Greeks chose to bath in freshwater, such as in lake, streams, or in public baths with a freshwater source. In general, these public baths were limited only to the wealthy and were considered sacred places dedicated to multiple Greek gods.
Baths really grew after the Greek physician Hippocrates had his way with things — he believed that disease was caused by an imbalance of bodily fluids and this imbalance could only be mended by taking a bath or being massaged.
The Dark and Middle Ages
Once Christianity took over Europe in the late 400s, bathing was deemed improper and prohibited. Prayer was said to be more important than a bath, so this leisure activity was banned all across the continent in an attempt to make the people more pious. Baths only rose in popularity in the 13th century, most particularly in Southern Europe, due to the influence of the Moors.
Like the Dark Ages, the idea of bathing decreased around the 16th century because these spas simply required a lot of raw materials to run. Plus, the waters were said to hold contagious diseases such as syphilis, the Bubonic plague, and leprosy, so many stayed far, far away. Only the wealthy could afford this luxury, mostly the Italians and those in the Nordic Countries.
With the rise of medicinal technology, more and more researchers went back to natural mineral water baths to study their health benefits, and many researchers found ways to improve existing medications with these beneficial properties. These innovations turned this leisure activity to one that now can bring a whole host of health benefits, bringing the best of both worlds to bathers all over.
So it turns out that the Greeks were right in their belief that spas were great for our health– in a study of Finnish men over the course of 20 years, researchers found that frequent sauna baths may help you live longer. Don’t wait any longer, and call us today to bring a wonderful sauna into the comforts of your own home!