One of the oldest healing and wellness therapies, recognized since Antiquity and widely disseminated since the time of the Roman Empire is the SPA (Salus per Aquam). Water is used as a therapeutic agent since the pre-history: when the disease was seen as a punishment from God, the cure was sought in the water that sprang from the interior of the earth.
In the Ancient Greece the SPAS had names of gods, since persons attributed to the gods the cures obtained. The Romans built baths for all Europe and the techniques used were similar to those of the Greeks.
Hypocrates, the father of medicine, did not believe in healing by faith. He considered the disease as an imbalance of the body: to recover balance and cure, the patient needed four things: water, light, diet and relaxation. These assumptions are still valid. He considered hydrotherapy to be a cure. The ancient technics were very similar to those of to-day: baths, vapors, jets of water, wet and warm towels.
In the Middle-Age the practice of hydrotherapy was considerably reduced because of the influence of the Church, which despised the cult of the body. From the seventeenth century, however, thermalism has taken on a new life all over Europe, thanks to studies undertaken by researchers on the therapeutic and curative components of thermal water.
Since 1986, the World Health Organization has recognized and recommended thermal treatment because of the benefits for individual and collective health and for the reduction of medicines, as well as for the reduction of the number of sick days and consequent absenteeism at work .
Medical Hydrology is a new specialty that studies the action of source water on the body and its use for therapeutic purposes. The benefits resulting from the regular, even sporadic, practice of thermal therapy are the reduction of pain, improvement of mobility and functional capacity, autonomy, and physical well-being.
The effects of these treatments are prolonged: the followers of the thermalism are accustomed to do each year one or two sessions of treatment. Numerous scientific studies certify the positive interaction between thermal spring water and other complementary therapies. All thermal interventions are carried out under medical supervision, adapted to each case and monitored by specialized technicians.
Thermal treatments are preventive, non-aggressive and without side effects. There is no use of medicines, only the interaction of water and body, by means of immersions, showers, massages, sauna and swimming pool treatments, sometimes through ingested or aspirated water under the form of steam in recommended dosages
Some programs have a relaxing, antistress character, relaxation and physical, psychic and emotional rest; others help to fight bad eating habits or dangerous routines, others are specifically directed against alcohol and tobacco; others help to rejuvenate the skin and treat beauty and aesthetics.
Portugal has a very wide variety of spas, thanks to the quantity and variety of hot springs that spring up all over the country.
Why make a spa program
A thermal program is a treatment of physical well-being, without resorting to medicines, taking advantage of the healing properties of contact with thermal water, source of life and rejuvenation. The experience of thermal tourism provides at the same time rest, entertainment and a sustainable well-being.
The thermal baths are located in regions of rare beauty, offering emotional rest, the best way to combat the great dangers of the 21st century such as stress, food toxicity and excess medicines. By carrying out medical examinations before and after a thermal program, you will find that not only do you feel much better as you are in much better condition.
The old maxim of Hypocrates on water, light, diet and relaxation, continues valuable and produces its effects in those who follow it. As happens to millions of spa users around the world, you will want to come back.
LUSOTRAVEL, in collaboration with some spas, has created specific programs for the treatment of certain diseases, such as:
Fibromyalgia, Arthritis Growth (non-acute phase), Rheumatic Arthritis (non-acute phase), Spondilitis Anxiety, Rheumatic Fevers (non-acute phase), Osteoarthritis.
Chronic Bronchitis, Pulmonary Encephysm, Chronic Pharyitis, Alergic Rhinitis, Laringitis, Tracheitis and Sinusitis.