history of the spa

When we seek to define a ‘Spa’ most of us automatically think of the modern day spa, a luxurious place for relaxation and therapy, providing an array of treatments to soothe, calm and revitalise. However the original spas probably go back as far as prehistoric times when people took advantage of the naturally occurring resources of the landscape such as mineral springs and thermal muds, to improve their own health and wellbeing. Nomadic people were constantly travelling with no roots or permanent shelter, so to provide themselves with a warm place to bathe they would heat rocks and bury them in a hole in the ground, you could say it provided an early example of today’s under floor heating!