Since 73 73C., Hot springs or baths have served as a health and recovery center. King Herod, the Roman emperor of Judea, made one of the first places on earth in the Dead Sea. Queen Cleopatra built a jewelry and medicine factory there. During the Roman Empire, virtually every city had baths that served as public baths, gymnasts, and entertainments. From the United Kingdom to Germany to Algeria, bathrooms are available.
The famous Baden-Baden fountains in Germany have been attracting visitors for centuries. Situated on the banks of the Oos River, Baden-Baden welcomes the ancient Romans, Queen Victoria of England, and visitors of modern architecture. Compared to some of the most beautiful bath houses in Europe, Baden-Baden is made up of 29 hot springs, which are transferred through pipes to various baths in the city. Patients still come today looking for relief from gout, paralysis, skin diseases and more.
White Americans recognized the healing power of electricity, believing that it was a special gift to people from the Holy Spirit. All of these early spa-modern therapies found that salinity was effective in treating a variety of ailments, including Psoriasis, acne, rheumatism and constipation. Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto encountered the Vapors valley in the early 1500’s. He was one of the first Europeans to gain access to the power supply system known as Hot Springs, Arkansas.
DeSoto was just one of many who come to discover these magical fountains, where they make up Hot Springs National Park. Named “The American Spa,” Hot Springs has a prestigious reputation and others have been followed recently. An American movie, the Roosevelt Bathhouse in Saratoga Springs, New York, drew the best travelers in the 1800s to dry it in its salt water. Part of the Gideon Putnam Resort, guests believe that water provides good preventive measures and the use of water fountains helps reduce stress and improve overall fitness.
This pool also provided the opportunity to become the stadiums for players and celebrities. About a century ago, the V.I.P. visitors traveled by rail to Mount Clemens, Michigan, or “America’s Bath City” to experience the salt water there. Created from 1,400 feet of water below the city, Mount Clemens water was enjoyed by the likes of Henry Ford, William Randolph Hearst and Babe Ruth. The baths have been known to reduce arthritis pain, rheumatism and eczema. It was also Mecca for polio sufferers. The therapeutic auxiliary industry was assisted by 11 large bath houses and many city-owned hotels.
Opened on the Gilded Age, the West Baden Springs Hotel in French Lick, Indiana, played a wonderful opening game known as the “Eight Wonder of the World.” The National Historic Landmark, West Baden’s history as a national museum is based on visitors from the U.S. never to rest and to recover. The 2007 renovation included a 27,000-square-foot spa with full body cups and renowned mineral water that have made West Baden Springs an unofficial destination for beginners.
Aquatic springs have also provided excellent ways to treat the body. For example, at Harbin Hot Springs in Middleton, California, medical expert Harold Dull created Watsu, which is a combination of Zen shiatsu and water. The scenic pools and summers of the spring are within a 2,000-acre site. Homestead of Hot Springs, Virginia, first welcomed Thomas Jefferson who bathed in his water three times a day for three weeks. Visitors nowadays can “take a shower” and receive spa treatments.