Sunday, May 4, 2008

History of Bathing (Part I)

The Romans were famous for their baths. They included hot and cold rooms, and medium temperature lounging rooms with a variety of extra services such as food, wine exercise and/or personal training being offered. At different points in history, baths were segregated by gender, while at other times the bathing was mixed.

It was so interesting to read that people used to visit the thermal baths not only for medicinal purposes, but to "flee from gloom, to seek amusement and to think of nothing except how to live happily and enjoy their pleasures."

This then led me to find out more about where the word "Spa" comes from. Apparently there are 2 theories: One is that "spa" is an acronym for the Latin phrase "salus per aquae" or "health through water". The second theory is that the word "spa" comes from the Belgian town of "Spa" known since Roman times for its baths which is also synonymous in the English language with a "place to be restored and pampered".

So, it guess its safe to surmise that people were stressed out back before the 1600's and had their version of our modern day spa retreats.

To "take the waters" and restore your health, create a spa experience at home using what may have been used in Roman Baths.....Lavender Enjoy Either a lavender bubble bath or lavender bath oil.

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