European Tradition of Med Spas

European Tradition of Med Spas: a Series Introduction

There is a long history of participation in wellness retreats and spas in Europe.   Especially prominent are centers offering thermal baths, hydro-therapy and skin treatments.  While hiking in the Alps this summer, my wife, Lindsay and I decided to investigate some of these historical practices and explore what new trends might be developing.   Located within the Rhone-Alpes region, there are over a dozen stations thermales or thermal spas, most developed around the 17th Century.   Early on, the spa towns attracted the wealthy and later, they were followed by patients afflicted with a wide variety of ailments.  Today the hybrid model of medical/wellness spas drives a thriving business.

This special series will take a look at the current trends in Europe and what influences we might expect in the US.

Next:  Chamonix- Mont Blanc region




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