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Hydrothermal Bathing: Past, Present, and Future

{4:18 minutes to read} For thousands of years, cultures have incorporated the healing powers of water and heat. From the use of geothermal waters to bathhouses, hydrothermal bathing has a long history:

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What is a Hamam?

{2:06 minutes to read} In your typical hydrothermal suite found in your typical American resort spa, you have the usual suspects—saunas, steam rooms, whirlpools, relaxation areas, showers, maybe an ice/snow room. The combination of these features provides the guest the … Continue reading

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Hydrothermal Spa & Wellness Development Standards, 2nd Edition 2016

{2:48 minutes to read} At the 10th Global Wellness Summit held October 16-19 in Kitzbuhel, Austria, Design for Leisure CEO Don Genders, in his capacity as Chair of the Global Wellness Institute Hydrothermal Initiative, launched the Second Edition of the … Continue reading

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The Importance of Staying Cool!

{4:06 minutes to read} In our last article, we talked about snow rooms, so it seems appropriate to follow up with a conversation about the importance of staying cool. The cooling-off stage of any thermal bathing experience, particularly the parts … Continue reading

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Let it Snow! Let it Snow!

{4:18 minutes to read} Thermal bathing is the practice of getting very, very hot, and then very, very cold. The greater the extremes, the greater the benefits, and there is no greater extreme for getting cold than getting into a … Continue reading

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The Health Benefits of Thermal Bathing Part 2

{4:12 minutes to read} In Part 1  of this series, we looked at the process and benefits of thermal bathing. In this article, we will explore the preventative health measures provided by this activity. It could be argued that hot … Continue reading

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ROI of Wet Spa Facilities

{3:48 minutes to read} When built using modern methods and technology as discussed in our recent article, Hydrothermal areas in wet spa facilities can involve a significant investment. This investment can provide equally significant returns; however, there are barriers to … Continue reading

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Building Methods for Wet Spa Areas

{3:42 minutes to read} There is a long history associated with the construction of hydrothermal facilities, dating as far back as ancient Roman times. More recently, European manufacturers, predominantly German based, have come to the forefront of the industry as … Continue reading

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Emergence of Wet Spa Areas in Spas

{2:42 minutes to read} Wet spa areas, commonly referred to as wellness or hydrothermal areas, are gaining more popularity in the American spa model. Wet areas can be much more than just an amenity like a sauna, steam room and/or … Continue reading

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Educating the Designers and Architects

Spa and wellness evoke different meanings in different parts of the world. In the U.S., it is most often associated with body and beauty-based treatments. In Europe, the spa culture is centered around large wellness centers and public bathing facilities. … Continue reading

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