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May 26, 2014

Top 9 Water Sources

This morning's blog was about the current research on hydrotherapy, and the benefits of regularly soaking in mineral water.  Below are 9 of the most formidable sources for soaking.  

Bad Sulza, Germany
Toskana Therme is known for its natural, warm salt water that springs from an ancient underground ocean, allowing guests to float as if in the Dead Sea.

Ojo Caliente, N.M.
Revered by Pueblo Indians for over 3,000 years, the springs at Ojo Caliente are heated by subterranean volcanic aquifers and fill 11 pools with 80- to 109-degree waters with different combinations of minerals.  One of the pools contains a high arsenic content.  Arsenic is said to relieve arthritis.

Hot Springs, Va.
The Omni Homestead touted as the “oldest spa structure in the U.S,” contains waters that remain a consistent 98 degrees, even in winter.   This spa is where Thomas Jefferson soaked to relieve his rheumatism.  

Saturnia, Italy
Here at the Terme di Saturnia Spa and Golf Resort, the water pours into a large mineral pool fast enough (132 gallons a second) that it is refreshed every four hours.  The spa has been favored by discerning travelers as well as cutting-edge beauty clinics of Switzerland, such as La Prairie. The mineral water is known for having a lot of sulfur which is a building block for collagen and makes skin feel soft and smooth.

Baden-Baden, Germany
Baden means “bath” in Germany, and the old joke is the town is so charming, special and lovely, they named it twice. Situated in the foothills of the idyllic Black Forest, it is one of Europe’s classic spa towns where Roman emperors once came to ease their aches.
The Caracalla Spa is famous for its glass walls.  The mineral waters come in both hot and cold (alternating temperatures are believed to stimulate circulation and build the immune system). The second floor is for those who prefer to go au natural, a common practice for Germans. 

Brittany, France
The Thalasso Center was built by three-time Tour de France winner Louison Bobet after thalassotherapy helped him recover from several surgeries following a car accident. Everything about the property embraces the ocean.

Montauk, N.Y.
The closest the U.S. has to a thalasso center is in Montauk on the tip of Long Island. Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa, pumps ocean water into its heated indoor Olympic-size pool.