A brief history of Spa
There are two common theories about the origin of the word Spa. One is that the word comes from the Latin phrases “Salus Per Aquam”, or “Sanitas Per Aquam” meaning “healing through water”, because in the Roman Empire legionnaires used thermal water for bath to relieve the aches of their wounds. The other theory says that the origin of the word spa comes from the name of the town Spa in Belgium. In 1316, in that Belgium town iron deficiency illnesses had been treated by chalybeate (non –bearing) spring water. After that the town of Spa had become popular of its baths, which later turn into a common name for all health resorts using mineral waters to be called a Spa.
According to some writers, in 500 BC ancient Greeks are the first who began bathing regiments, which formed the foundation of today’s spa procedures. First the Aegean people utilized some small foot baths, bath tubes and wash basins for personal cleanliness, later in their gymnasium complexes they established showers and public baths, and also developed a primitive vapour bath. The Romans imitated a lot of the Greek’s bathing practices, but their baths was bigger in size and more complex. In Rome Spa wasn’t only a place for baths or other cleansing treatment, but was also important centre for social and recreational activity.
While Greeks used Spa usually after vigorous workout, the Romans become more focused on the pleasure and the relaxation from the bath. Beside Greeks and Romans other cultures also formed third Spa traditions. For example today’s sauna appeared in Finland approximately 900 A.D. In Renaissance era more and more resorts become popular because of their baths and healing places located around natural thermal springs.
Today’s Spa is a combination between modern and ancient traditions. Accordingly to Prof. De Vierville Spa ritual has four steps. First – shower, for cleansing the body; second – heat the body; third –massage or body scrub; and last fourth is rest and relax.
What is Spa treatment?
Services that Spa provides are called Spa treatment. This is non-medical procedure that helps to maintain good health. Typical treatment includes:
- Sauna or steam room
- Mud bath
- Hot tub, whirlpool
- Body wraps
- Exfoliating, chemical peels, microdermabrasion
- Manicure and pedicure
- Weight guidance
- Yoga and meditation
Spa is not only a way for relaxation or revitalization, it has a lot more benefits for your body. Since stress is the major reason for illnesses, stress relief is one of the main purposes of Spa, besides rejuvenation and beautification. The Spa treatment helps to remove toxins and metabolic wastes from body, it boosts metabolic rate to burn more calories, and it also soothes muscles and nourishes the skin making it look youthful and glowing. Other benefits of Spa are – improving digestive and immunity system, lowering cholesterol, regulating blood pressure, insomnia and fatigue.
There are different types of Spa.
- Day Spa – it is a place where you go just for the day. You can get facials, massage or body treatment. Many of the Day Spa combines hair salon and Spa.
- Resort, Hotel Spa – you stay overnight and enjoy treatments.
- Medical Spa – it operates under the supervision of medical doctor. The atmosphere is more clinical than Day Spa. There you can usually get laser treatment, chemical peels, photo facial etc.
- Mineral Spa – it is a Spa that has a source of natural mineral water.
There are a lot of places in Winnipeg for Spa. Find the right one for you and experience the benefits from your Spa treatments. Escape from the daily stress and the environmental aggressors. Spoil yourself and start harmonizing your body, spirit and mind!