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Spa Tourism in Greece

#Greek Spas


The Healing Thermal
 Ancient Greek Springs
 

First Bathing in the world in Ancient Greece

The very #Greek, ancient origin of today’s #spa


Greek baths of Ancient Days are considered the foundation for modern spa concept

Euripides once wrote a piece about the curing virtues of thermal and sea waters. Spring waters in Greece have been around since highest antiquity and many were considered sacred and gave way to construction of temples, like in Delphi, the Castalia spring and in Vravrona. Since the spa is the temple of the 21stcentury, it is only natural that thalassotherapy complexes and thermal spas of Greece today are built today in exceptionally gifted places.


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Kosl , the island of Asclepios , the Father of Medicine

Since the 6th and 5th century BC, water therapy was practised in Asclepieia , the Temples of Healing dedicated to Asclepius, therefore most of them  were  located next to water sources (thermal springs, rivers or the sea)

  • In the Homeric poems and in Hesiod continuous references are made to the use of baths which was by then  were constructed near naturally occurring hot springs or volcanoes.
  • Hippocrates, the father of Health Science, described the Therapeutic Properties of natural warm waters in 400 BC – a time when the Greeks were known to have built structures around hot springs to create an indoor spa . 

 

Hot Springs in Greece used for Health benefits since 7th century BC, studied scientifically by Hippocrates 


It was the Greeks, attracted by the strange phenomena of thermal springs that attempted to classify them and study their properties and effects on man.Hippocrates,  analysed its chemical composition by disease indication...

Some of them are still alive today, and you should definitely try!


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Thermal Springs in Greece today
 

The most well-known Thermal water sites today in Greece have been built in historical Thermal towns during the 20th century, when  wide range of new medical and health treatments were developed, and such are  the healing baths of Aidipsos, Lagadas, Ipati, Loutraki  Kamena Vourla, Therma and Polichnitos in Lesvos 

  • Samothraki , Healing Waters Waterfall
    Samothraki: According to tradition, Olympiad conceived Alexander the Great in Therma. Springs were built in 1981
  • Lake Vouliagmeni, Thermal Spring
    Vouliagmeni Lake, in the heart of the Athenian Riviera, with high concentration in salts and minerals and in particular of potassium, sodium, lithium, ammonium, calcium, iron, chlorine and iodine.
  • Thermal Springs Pozar, Kaimaktsalan North Greece
    Pozar Hot Springs in Pella (at the foot of Kaimaktsalan Mountain
  • Thermal Spring Kaiafas, Peloponese
    Kaiafas Thermal Spa in the Peloponnese, a unique ecosystem including the spas, the lake, the pine forest of Strofylia, the historic mountain of Lapitha, as well as the sandy beach of Zacharo.
  • Loutraki Famous Spring since Antiquity
    Walk under the waterfall in the famous Loutraki Loutropolis near Athens
  • Edipsos, Evia Greece
    hot springs of Edipsos in Evia, known since Antiquity, by Homer and Aristotle , and later Roman Emperor Sylla who healed himself in the Hot Spring named Thermae Sylla
Samothraki , Healing Waters Waterfall
Samothraki: According to tradition, Olympiad conceived Alexander the Great in Therma. Springs were built in 1981


Thermal and mineral natural therapeutic springs could be found at some 850 locations around Greece. Their beneficial action offers visitors the opportunity to receive treatment for chronic conditions in a natural way (hydrotherapy), whereas the healing properties of seawater, seaweed, or sea mud help the visitor conquer stress and anxiety, and improve mental performance, revitalizing the spirit.


Visitors can choose among fourteen (14) hydro-therapeutic centres managed by the Greek National Tourist Organisation (G.N.T.O.) with 1,400,000 therapeutic treatments (baths, etc), while dozens of other spas are operated by local authorities and offer modern high-quality services.


Thermal Spring Pozar in Pella , Greece
Thermal Springs Key to Boosting Wellness Tourism in Greece

Thermal springs in Greece can bring in tourism revenue and tourists all year round, according to Konstantinos Kouskoukis, a dermatologist and president of Greece’s Thermal Medicine Academy.
Thermal Springs, Healing Waters in Greece













 Places with warm water springs where the combination of the essence of nature prime elements, minerals and water, mix with the senses... 

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Elena Kountoura  

Greek Minister of Tourism , #WTM London

"About 700 natural hot springs are scattered in the mainland and on our islands, with unique characteristics and beneficial properties, and we now accelerate procedures in order to encourage sustainable tourism activities and new investments for high quality health and wellness facilities and services.

Some of them in small hidden island and mainland paradises, which we support to emerge as new destinations..."


Baths Through The Ages 

 

Three young women bathing. Side B from an Attic red-figure stamnos, 440–430 BC

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In addition to mythologically-based rituals involving natural springs and tidal pools, the Greeks utilized bathtubs and basins for hygiene and healing.

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Venus Aphrodite taking her bath, Louver



Marble statue of a naked Aphrodite crouching at her bath
also known as Lely’s Venus. 
Roman copy of a Greek original,
 2nd century AD. 
Height 120cm,
 British Museum 


 

Greeks invented Hydrotherapy, Heliotherapy, Shower &Thermal Baths for Hygiene, Beauty and Better Health    

First Hydrotherapy in the world in Greece

Hydrotherapy 
Hippocrates prescribed bathing in spring water for sickness. But it wasn’t until A Dominican monk; Sebastian Kneipp again revived it, during the 19th century. Today, hydrotherapy is utilized in treating arthritis, burns, and musculoskeletal disorders as well as for stroke patients with paralysis.

Cold Shower

Ancient Greeks invented the Shower

Heliotherapy 

Greece Used Sunlight to Treat Skin Diseases

Often considered the birthplace of modern medicine, the early Greek physician Hippocrates, among others, developed courses of treatment for numerous diseases based on exposure to sunlight. Solaria were structures devoted to sunbathing, which was prescribed to cure ailments of the skin and promote good health and vitality.

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Massage 

Massage in Ancient Greek Baths and Asclepieia, for Health and Beauty
The massage established itself in Ancient Greece as basic physiotherapy method and was  commonly used  in musculoskeletal, gynecological problems, in abdomiral issues but  also for relaxing, slimming and wellbeing.

Usually applied in hot baths,in wrestling and secondary schools and the famous polyclinics, Asclepieia
"Rubbing can cause loosening, tightening, growth or reduction of the flesh, the strong rubbing causes tightening, the gentle relaxation, prolonged decline in the flesh and moderate growth." 

Hippocrates

Bath Vessels in Ancient Greece
Clay Bath Vessels of Thesprotians, 400 BC -200 BC, Arch.Museum Igoumenitsa Greece




Beauty

The
Wellness Ancient
Greek Tradition 

Massage and Treatment for Beauty, Ancient Greece

What did they use , what was the look, what was the style do's... Find more 

 
Woman of Ancient Greece looking in golden Mirror


According to the Ancient Greeks, the appearance was directly linked to the
soul and the mind.

  • Physical exercise was believed to be a major component of beauty. As we are aware today, exercise can result in greater strength, weight loss, and toned muscles but it also helps the skin.

  • Part of the Beauty and Cosmetic procedures of those days was immersing in aromatic thermal baths filled with dried herbs. Find More



Lesvos Unique: Bath Like A Nymph 
 First Female Beauty Contests in the world , 2700 years earlier

Lesvos' Ancient Springs still Alive  
Hot Springs in Lesvos
 (with minerals of Chloric Nitrate the most highest temperatures in Europe  48°c - 91°c)
and many more, since the ancient times 

.. Surrounded by Hot Springs in Lesvos

Sappho Poet in Lesvos was leading the Chores that were Playing the Lyre in the First Beauty Contests in The World

FIrst Female Beauty Contests


Lesvos 700 B.C. Beauty contests - kallisteia - were taking place in Athens and elsewhere but only for young adolescent men.Though, Lesvos island only, the Female Beauty Contest were activated with enthusiasm since 7th century B.C... find that 


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Ancient Greece, the Women Boudoir



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George Patoulis, President of Athens Medical Association and Christos Karatzios President of  Greek Medical Association in Canada , Montreal after the fraternization of the two associations
 The Greek President of Athens Medical Association has sought support from the corners of earth where the Greek Diaspora is found... Go to story
 

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There's always the spa so close

Hotel Spa  in Santorini, Greece

Spa centres with state of the art facilities and specialized staff can be found in most five-star hotels, with majestic interiors, soothing lighting and décor carefully designed to enhance the serenity of your surroundings or in outdoor locations where the air is ozone-rich, the sun is bright and the sea embraces the landscape.


Romans and Arabs after the Greeks 

After the Greeks, Romans created  famous, luxurious Baths
  • The Romans took bathing to an entirely new level that included intricate bathhouses and complex rituals. Recent technological innovations, namely aqueducts and cement, provided bathhouses with running water and stronger foundations that spread to the edges of the empire.
  • After conquering the Greeks, Arabic and Turkish kingdoms were heavily influenced by bathing culture and implemented its facets into their own procedures. The Turks in turn became known for the hamam, or Turkish bath, an Islamic cleaning ritual utilizing steam bathing.
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The Herbal Factor

Herbs were extensively used in Greek Baths for Wellbeing, Beauty and Health 


Meet Herbal Medicine Tips by its  inventors

Santorini Ancient Greek Fresco, woman collecting Safran


The Greeks added lavender oil to the tubs for a relaxing, calming effect. Their first in the world hot-air baths and

steam shower  rooms they had constructed almost three millennia ago, would be enhanced with bay laurel, fir, pine, and juniper branches for aromatherapy

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Go Fresh in Greece ! 

Meet the Fresh Greek Markets 


 

Beauty Diet 

 Ancient Greeks' diets had ample amount of Omega-3 fatty acids to help the skin glow and keep the body slim. find that 

 
Modern science is just now catching up to what the Great Greek  Thinkers in Ancient Greece knew about the cognitive, social, and emotional benefits of hot water therapy.

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