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Relaxing at a spa town
Warm Springs : traces of a childhood at FDR's polio haven
Susan Richards Shreve.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., 2007.
An indelible portrait of the fallout of childhood illness, separation from a protective mother, and first love, Shreve chronicles her stay at the Warm Springs sanitarium during the height of the polio epidemic. Her memoir is both a fascinating historic record and an intensely felt story of childhood.
     
Start your own day spa and more : destination spa, medical spa, yoga center, spiritual spa
Entrepreneur Press and Preethi Burkholder.
[Irvine, Calif.] : Entrepreneur Press, c2007.
Get started with Entrepreneur Magazine's Start-Up Series Balancing the technical components of starting a spa with the aesthetic, this valuable guide provides the tools you need to succeed in this $12.4 billion industry, one of the fastest growing in the United States.
     
Healing waters : Missouri's historic mineral springs and spas
Loring Bullard.
Columbia : University of Missouri Press, c2004.
Missouri's mineral springs and resorts played a vital role in the social and economic development of the state. In Healing Waters, Loring Bullard delves into the long history of these springs and spas, concentrating particularly on the use and development of the mineral springs from 1800 to about the 1930s. During this period, there were at least eighty sites in the state that could be described as resorts. Because so many people were drawn to the springs by their faith in the healing virtues of the springwater, towns were frequently founded at the mineral springs. These places fought hard to capture the attention of Missourians who were seeking better health, relaxation, or good times in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Bullard first examines the development of mineral water resorts in Europe from ancient times, early spa traditions in America, and Missouri's frontier spas. He then discusses the establishment of saltworks at the state's saline springs and the importance of the early salt trade; the brisk business that grew around the bottling of mineral waters; the use and development of mineralized groundwater resources; the geologic and biologic factors that create Missouri's mineral waters; and public and professional belief in the curative values of mineral waters.
     
Healing springs : the ultimate guide to taking the waters : from hidden springs to the world's greatest spas
Nathaniel Altman.
Rochester, Vt. : Healing Arts Press, c2000.
Healing Springs is the first book to present medical evidence that mineral springs can prevent and cure disease-and to tell you which spas are most effective. The author guides us through more than 200 of the best hot springs and mineral springs in the world.
     

Spa towns around the world continue to attract visitors as people look for relaxation and relief from their busy lives. 

These towns have natural mineral springs that some people believe have healing benefits.  The mineral water can be used in different ways depending on what a visitor wants.  In some towns the springs are located throughout an area where people can walk from one to the next.  The springs may be enclosed in a building or just covered with a gazebo.  Using special cups people can sip the warm water as they stroll.

Some people visit spa towns to treat an illness or for pain relief.  Warm thermal baths and hydrotherapy are common practices.  Spa town resorts also offer nonmedical body treatments like aromatherapy, exercise regimes, massage, and nutritional plans.  Even when not participating in these activities the scenery and ambience are pleasant, as many towns are located in picturesque mountain areas.

Pamper yourself with a spa treatment to remove stress and improve circulation. It will leave you feeling refreshed and uplifted.

The word spa itself comes from the name of a town in Belgium.  Since the 14th century locals and visitors have taken advantage of the hot springs found there.  Some Europeans refer to spa towns as ville d'eau, meaning town of water.  The Japanese are famous for their onsen, which is the word for hot springs as well as the facilities and inns around them.  Once only for the wealthy, spas are now affordable to most people.  Besides individuals and families, some businesses also take their employees to spas for retreats and team building.  Spending time in a spa town may be just the thing to help us feel rejuvenated and refreshed.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff