“Mineral Bath Springs of Italy”

Natural Thermal Baths Near Rome

Natural Hot Springs Are Italy’s Best-kept Secret


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Italy, and Tuscany in particular, is peppered with natural hot springs rich in minerals that have been used by people since the ancient Romans for their health and beauty benefits.


But one hot spring, found amid the hills of Maremma, is actually one of Italy’s best-kept secrets. Cascate del Mulino is just off the beaten path and away from most tourists radars.

Centuries of waterfalls, have carved the rocks into beautifully round pools. Locals like to come and soak year-round, especially since the waters stay luxuriously warm at 37.5°C, or about 99.5°F.

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“Hydrotherapy – Waters of Wonder”

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Consider your perfect spa retreat] in a location where mineral-rich spring water (and sometimes seawater is used to give medicinal baths. Spa towns or spa resorts (including) hot springs (resorts) typically offer various health treatments, which are also known as balneotherapy.

The belief in the curative powers of mineral waters goes back to prehistoric times. Such practices have been popular worldwide, but are especially widespread in Europe and Japan.

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SPA ETIQUETTE: From Stripping to Tipping By ANITRA BROWN

Spa etiquette can be a source of anxiety for first-time spa-goers<, but it’s easy once you know a few basics. Here are some basic rules of spa etiquette to help you know what to expect and feel at ease.

5 Most Relaxing Massage and Spa Destinations in the World

1. Kerala

Massage and Spa Services in Kerala

In India, Kerala is the most recognized wellness destination. Here an abundance of greenery and the charm of backwaters make a perfect backdrop for a spa treatment. There are super luxurious resorts and budgeted massage centers where you can choose from an amazing variety of spa treatments. Ayurveda treatments, however, are the most popular here. Luxury or budgeted, Kerala has a spa treatment to suit everybody and every pocket.

2. Thailand

Massage and Spa Services in Thailand

This beautiful country is famous for offering the most soothing massage treatments. You can book a luxury spa resort or a budgeted hotel for a spa package. Traditional Thai massage is not to be missed when you are in Thailand. Indulging in a relaxing body massage in an urbane therapy room that overlooks the azure ocean is an ultimate holiday idea. If you feel a desperate need for a break from your hectic life, it’s time to head to Thailand for a spa holiday.

3. Bali

Massage and Spa Services in Bali

Bali is a picturesque spa destination that attracts wellness holiday seekers from all over the world. Its fabulous jungle spa and resorts vow you the most rejuvenating spa treatments. Whether you are looking for traditional spas and body massage treatment or a spa package that is inclusive of modern amenities such as Jacuzzi, sauna, salon etc, Bali offers you both, in the most luxurious to the most comfy budgeted setting. You can even book spa resorts overlooking the enchanting terraced paddy fields or one near the ocean. They offer an amazing choice in spa indulgence packages, so pamper yourself as much as you can.

4. Budapest

Massage and Spa Services in Budapest

Famously called, “The Spa Destination of the World”, Budapest boasts of several natural thermal springs that cause the formation of many mineral-rich baths. Romans built many luxurious public and private bath around these springs in the 16th-century that paved way for making Hungary a famous spa destination. Some of the ancient baths still exist, while many modern spa centers use the water from the thermal springs to offer an ultimate spa experience to their guests. Taking a dip in these natural mineral-rich water provides relief from many types of body aches, sports injuries, and skin ailments. Luxuriate in an ancient Turkish spa and experience the healing power of the mineral-rich waters.

5. Turkey

Massage and Spa Services in Turkey

If you have always been enamored with the sight of movie actors pampering themselves in exotic hammams (traditional Turkish bath), its time you spoil yourself with a holiday in Turkey. A hammam in a regal mansion dating back to the Ottoman Empire is an ultimate indulgence; you would surely not like to miss if you have a passion for wellness holidays. From the capital city of Istanbul to Cappadocia, you can find plenty of options for booking a spa or massage package.

If pampering yourself is on your mind, spending a few days in an exotic spa destination with your beloved or BFFs make for a fabulous holiday idea. Book yourself an indulgence package at a retreat of your choice and treat your mind and body with rejuvenating relaxation.

Soothing Soaks For Feet

Best EOs for Swollen Ankles, Legs & Feet

If you’re on your feet all day or do a lot of driving, chances are your feet and ankles look like this by the end of the day, uncomfortable and swollen.

Lucky for us, there are several essential oils you can use to get your circulation moving as well as a couple of ideas for DIY spa treatments that can really make a difference too. Combine both and you have a few new entries for your EO journal!

If you’re a slave to your feet these days, try an EO remedy…
Apply 2 drops each of Lemongrass, Grapefruit and Cypress essential oils diluted in 1 T. of fractionated coconut oil, massage into feet, ankles and calves upwards towards the heart. If you can someone to do it for you, all the better!
DIY Spa Treatment, try this!
All you need are 1 dozen or so smooth stones. You can find them at your local nursery, even Walmart has them in the craft and candle section.
A large, shallow bowl ~ big enough for both the stones and your feet.
Very warm water and 2 drops each of Lavender and Cypress (flower petals optional, but nice!)
Now, roll the soles of your feet slowly over the pebbles for a few minutes. Bliss!
When you consider the science ofReflexology, a simple remedy such as the stone foot massage will not only relieve swelling, it will benefit many other areas of your body as well ~ don’t you just love DIY, multi-tasking beauty treatments?
For generally poor circulation, especially for the elderly (thin skin), Geranium essential oil is lovely and can show great improvement with regular use!
An added bonus is the mood and skin brightening effects of Geranium.
Add 10 drops of Geranium to 2 T. of fractionated coconut oil and massage from the hands to the elbows and from the feet to the knees. Always with an upwards motion. Geranium is one of the best revitalizing oils and will make your skin softer and smoother while aiding circulation, a win win!
Geranium is also Spark’s Oil of the Month Club feature EO for the month of JUNE, sign up to receive a 15ml bottle delivered to you every month at a discounted price {FREE shipping too}.


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Hot springs spas and thermal baths: why you should visit one

by Carol Perehudoff

Natural hot springs, also called thermal springs, have been used for healing and wellness for centuries. The Romans built temples and towns around them, the Georgians loved thermal bathing and so do spa fans today.

Here are some reasons why hot spring spas are good for you, and why you should put one on your travel itinerary.

The joy of natural hot springs

Is there anything as soothing as slipping into a pool of steaming water? Natural hot springs have a lot to offer wellness fans. But what’s behind our love for these mineral-rich springs and why are they better than simply soaking in a heated pool? Here’s a deeper look at why thermal springs are so good for us.

How are hot springs formed?

The core of our earth is hot. The lower down you go, the hotter. A natural hot spring occurs when water sinks into the earth, gets heated geothermally from magma (molten rock under the earth’s surface) and gets forced back up again. As the water travels through underground streams or rock, it can soak up minerals, which is what makes a hot springs spa so healthy. Usually. There are exceptions, but if you go to a hot springs resort, it’s more than likely that the water has been rigorously checked.

Why are hot springs healing?

Hot springs are healing because of their warm temperature, which soothes sore muscles and alleviates stress, and because of the minerals the water contains. Some of the healing minerals and salts hot springs can have are: calcium and magnesium salts, selenium, sulphur, lithium salts, zinc and iron. Because thermal water is heated, it can hold more dissolved salts and minerals than regular water.

Hot springs were so revered that temples were built around them like the springs at Bath and places such as Saturnia were considered a place of the gods.

Here are just a few of the medical issues hot springs are said to help with:

  • Skin infections: Sulphurous springs are said to be helpful with skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema and rashes.
  • Muscle and joint problems: From muscle aches to rheumatoid arthritis, hot springs are said to soothe and help heal.
  • Circulation: Soaking in bicarbonate water is said to open peripheral blood vessels which improves circulation
  • Stress relief: I don’t think I need to explain this one. Is there anything more relaxing than sinking into an outdoor hot springs pool? Especially if it naturally contains lithium?
  • Detoxification: Soaking in hot springs promotes sweating, which helps rid the body of toxins. (People have argued with me over this, but I still believe it and I’ve met several spa doctors who do, too.)



Termas Geometricas

Pucon, Chile
Located at the bottom of a canyon in the heart of the lush Villarica National Park, this Asian-inspired hot spring consists of 20 pools connected by bright red, suspended wooden walkways. In addition to matching changing huts, there’re also two cooling waterfalls, a fire pit, and a café.

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The Blue Lagoon

Grindavik, Iceland
One of Iceland’s most famous/photographed sites, this picturesque geothermal lagoon in the country’s black lava fields is rich in mineral salts, sulphur, and a silica-heavy mud; in fact, the 98 to 102 degrees Fahrenheit water is so good for your skin that the lagoon boasts its own line of skincare products, not to mention an on-site research facility determined to use the water to cure other ailments. Healing powers aside, the Blue Lagoon also rocks a restaurant and swim-up bar.

Dunton Hot Springs

Dolores, CO
Part of a restored 1800s ghost town turned five-star resort in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, Dunton’s six pools range in temp from 85 to 106 degree Fahrenheit and are bright red in color, thanks to a restorative cocktail of calcium-bicarbonate, iron, manganese, and lithium.

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“Streaming the History of Spas”

The therapeutic use of water has been recorded in ancient
Egyptian Greek and Roman civilizations. Egyptian royalty bathed with essential oils and flowers, while Romans had communal public baths for their citizens. Hippocrates prescribed bathing in spring water for sickness. Other cultures noted for a long history of hydrotherapy include China and Japan, the latter being centred primarily around Japanese hot springs or “onsen”. Many such histories predate the Roman thermae.
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Spa Reads

By Vicky Raab

Royalty may go to the watery kingdoms of Bath, Baden bei Wein, or Marienbad to take the cure and imbibe culture; literary lights may thence repair to create “
The Magic Mountain” or “
The Gambler,” but the rest of the detoxifying masses need transport our entourages and amanuenses no farther than Spa Castle,in Queens, to hear the languages of the world if not the music of the spheres in its burbling baths and mineral-rich saunas of gold, jade, and L.E.D. This includes the bookish, who will undoubtedly wish to immerse themselves, while enthroned in an infra-red massage chair, in “Water Music: Making Music in the Spas of Europe and North America,” by Ian C. Bradley, a short yet exhaustive study of the musical culture that sprang up in these rarefied realms.

Unlike the spas chronicled in Bradley’s book, Spa Castle, a meditative, family-oriented Korean spa, had no orchestras down in the pump room, along the promenades, or out on the roof garden spouting Wagner or Lehár (although it did have waterfalls, a full moon, and a silent captioned TV coronating the dazzling final night of the Olympics, which no one was watching because, let’s face it, a chorus of well-clad hockey players can’t compete with a bevy of beauties of all sizes and nationalities in bathing suits). Nor, like its more raucous counterparts in Brooklyn, did it emit a hip-hop vibe. Those who go there hungry for a chance encounter with Brahms, Strauss, and the many other renowned and wet-behind-the-ears music-makers who grace the pages of this specialized book (“It was in Carlsbad that Beethoven met Goethe”) will have to slake their appetites with bibimbap, seaweed salad, and this font of delightful musical tidbits instead. article source

The Mato Grosso do Sul

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Brazil is home of the world’s largest hot spring resort in the city of Caldas Novas.
Caldas Novas is known throughout Brazil as one of the largest hydrothermal resorts in the world so in the high season the city receives as many as 100,000 tourists and at carnival as many as 300,000 people. Almost two thousand people are employed in this sector. The infrastructure of the city has more than 80 hotels and pensions (12,000 beds), (many with heated swimming pools and all with hot water produced by the natural thermal system), chalets, clubs, nightclubs, bars and restaurants.public domain”



The Geography

Mato Grosso do Sul is a state in central-west Brazil, bordering Bolivia and Paraguay. In the northwest, Corumbá is a gateway to the vast Pantanal wetlands, with diverse wildlife. Near the southwestern town of Bonito, Gruta do Lago Azul is a large cave with a vivid blue lake.

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Bonito is responsible for the transparency of the waters and for the existence of a wide variety geological formations, due to the concentrations of lime in its soil.

Local activities include diving in caverns observing the underwater fauna and walking along trails in the forest places like gruta lago azul (blue lake cave) and the fazenda estancia mimosa, aquario natural (natural aquarium), the rivers, sucuri, prata, and formoso, are popular.

Lagos Azul Cave (Wikipedia)

The Pantanal covers 12 townships in the states of Mato Grosso and mato grosso do sul. To the north, there are paracis, and the azul roncador mountains. And to the East, the Maracaju Mountain Range. To the South, the Dodoquena Mountain Range. And, to the West, the Paraguayan and Bolivian swamps. The Pantanal is so diverse that researchers subdivided it in sub-regions. Each “Pantanal” – North and South – has its own natural features, activities and ideal period for visitation.

The Pantanalis are an ecological destination in the heart of Brazil.

The Pantanal is the largest flooded lowland on the planet and the third largest environmental reserve in the world It is home to one of the richest ecosystems ever.

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