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Multiple theories exist for where the term “spa” came from, but many believe it is derived from a Latin phrase that translates to “health through water.” Experts also agree that spas have been sought after for centuries for their healthful benefits for the body and the mind.

The first “hot tubs” were naturally occurring hot springs. People would sometimes travel far to gather at these places in order to be pampered and feel rejuvenated. Hydrotherapy was certainly the main spa treatment. For the same effects, the ancient Greeks and Romans built large bathhouses, usually on top of or adjacent to natural springs. They also tapped into the benefits of water to treat and heal various diseases and ailments and to promote overall health. Spas and hot tubs were originally accessible only to the wealthy, but over time, more were available to the public.

Today, hot tubs can be part of any indoor or outdoor environment and used as a place to relax and renew, and perhaps gather with family members and friends. The benefits of spa are still recognized by health and fitness professionals, including physicians, personal trainers and practitioners of alternative medicine.

For specific guidance, please seek consultation with a licensed medical professional.