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Look up spa, Spa, SpA in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.

The term spa is associated with water treatment which is also known as balneotherapy, spa towns or resorts offering such treatment, or the medication or equipment for such treatment. The term thus has various related meanings. Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Wiktionary (a portmanteau of wiki and dictionary) is a multilingual, Web-based project to create a free content dictionary, available in over 150 languages. ... Spa can refer to a therapeutic water treatment; see spa Spa, a town in Belgium A spa town, noted for its spa, for example Bath in England A hot tub A destination spa or day spa the racing circuit Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps As an abbreviation, SPA can refer to... Treatment bath at a spa in Hot Springs, Arkansas Balneotherapy involves the treatment of disease by bathing. ... A spa town is a town frequented, in times past, for health reasons, to take the waters. The name derives from the Belgian town Spa, and in continental Europe, a spa was known as a ville deau (town of water). ...

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Origins of the term

See also: Mineral spa

The term is derived from the name of the town of Spa, Belgium, where since medieval times illnesses caused by iron deficiency were treated by drinking chalybeate (iron bearing) spring water.[1] In 16th century England the old Roman ideas of medicinal bathing were revived at towns like Bath, and in 1571 William Slingsby who had been to the Belgian town (which he called Spaw) discovered a chalybeate spring in Yorkshire. He built an enclosed well at what became known as Harrogate, the first resort in England for drinking medicinal waters, then in 1596 Dr Timothy Bright called the resort The English Spaw, beginning the use of the word Spa as a generic description rather than as the place name of the Belgian town. At first this term referred specifically to resorts for water drinking rather than bathing, but this distinction was gradually lost and many spas offer external remedies.[2] Mineral Spas were naturally occurring mineral spring locales which grew a reputation in the nineteenth century on into the late middle-twentith century for healing or healthful benefits to those wealthy enough to partake of their waters. ... Spa is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Liège. ... The Middle Ages formed the middle period in a traditional schematic division of European history into three ages: the classical civilization of Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and modern times. ... The Calybeate Spring Tunbridge Wells Chalybeate water was early in the 17th century said to have health-giving properties and many people have promoted their qualities. ... (15th century - 16th century - 17th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 16th century was that century which lasted from 1501 to 1600. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem specific to England — the anthem of the United Kingdom is God Save the Queen. See also Proposed English National Anthems. ... Ancient Rome was a civilization that grew from a small agricultural community founded on the Italian Peninsula circa the 9th century BC to a massive empire straddling the Mediterranean Sea. ... Bath is a city in Somerset, England most famous for its baths fed by three hot springs. ... Look up Yorkshire in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... , Harrogate is a large town in North Yorkshire, England. ...


There are various stories about the origin of the name. A Belgian spring of iron bearing water was called Espa from the Walloon language term for "fountain", and was used in 1326 as a cure by an iron master with such success that he founded a health resort which developed into the town.[3] It is also suggested that the term Espa may be derived from the name of the resort, and that its source could be the Latin word "spagere" meaning to scatter, sprinkle or moisten.[4] Walloon (Walon) is a regional Romance language spoken as a second language by some in Wallonia (Belgium). ... Latin is an ancient Indo-European language originally spoken in Latium, the region immediately surrounding Rome. ...


It is often suggested, with little evidence, that the word is an acronym of various Latin phrases such as "Salus Per Aquam” or "Sanitas Per Aquam" meaning "health through water", all of which seem to have modern sources.[2] Although such expansions are widely used, they are almost certainly backronyms – words formed from acronyms are very much a twentieth-century phenomenon. [5] It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Backronym and Apronym (Discuss) Acronyms and initialisms are abbreviations, such as NATO, laser, and ABC, written as the initial letter or letters of words, and pronounced on the basis of this abbreviated written form. ... A backronym (or bacronym) is a phrase that is constructed after the fact from a previously existing abbreviation, the abbreviation being an initialism or an acronym. ...


Spa meaning a resort or place of treatment

  • A spa town, a town visited for the supposed healing properties of the water.
  • A destination spa, a resort for personal care treatments.
  • A day spa, a form of beauty salon.
  • A health spa; see balneotherapy.
  • Spa, County Down, a small village in Northern Ireland.
  • Spa, County Kerry, a village in the Republic of Ireland.

A spa town is a town frequented, in times past, for health reasons, to take the waters. The name derives from the Belgian town Spa, and in continental Europe, a spa was known as a ville deau (town of water). ... A destination spa is a business establishment which people visit for personal health, life enhancement, fitness, personal care treatments such as massages, facials, in a resort setting. ... A day spa is a business establishment which people visit for personal care treatments such as massages and facials. ... Treatment bath at a spa in Hot Springs, Arkansas Balneotherapy involves the treatment of disease by bathing. ... Spa is a small village in County Down, Northern Ireland, close to Ballynahinch. ...

Spa medication or equipment

Spa is a brand of mineral water from Spa Belgium and is owned by the Spadel Group. ... Other Ingredients: dicalcium phosphate, microcrystalline cellulose, croscarmellose sodium, stearic acid, magnesium stearate, hypromellose, hydroxypropyl cellulose, polyethylene glycol, FD&C red #40 aluminum lake, FD&C yellow #6 aluminum lake, titanium dioxide. ... Soda fountain is a North American term referring to the carbonated drink dispensers found in fast food restaurants and convenience stores in the US and Canada. ... Hot tub at Big White Ski Resort A hot tub is a large manufactured tub or small pool full of heated water and used for soaking, relaxation, massage, or hydrotherapy. ...

According to the International Spa Association:

Spa - an entity devoted to enhancing overall well-being through a variety of professional services that encourage the renewal of mind, body and spirit.


TYPES OF SPAS:


Club spa - A facility whose primary purpose is fitness and which offers a variety of professionally administered spa services on a day-use basis.


Cruise ship spa – A spa aboard a cruise ship providing professionally administered spa services, fitness and wellness components and spa cuisine menu choices.


Day spa – A spa offering a variety of professionally administered spa services to clients on a day-use basis. A day spa is a business establishment which people visit for personal care treatments such as massages and facials. ...


Destination spa - A destination spa is a facility with the primary purpose of guiding individual spa-goers to develop healthy habits. Historically a seven-day stay, this lifestyle transformation can be accomplished by providing a comprehensive program that includes spa services, physical fitness activities, wellness education, healthful cuisine and special interest programming. A destination spa is a business establishment which people visit for personal health, life enhancement, fitness, personal care treatments such as massages, facials, in a resort setting. ...


Medical spa - A facility that operates under the full-time, on-site supervision of a licensed health care professional whose primary purpose is to provide comprehensive medical and wellness care in an environment that integrates spa services, as well as traditional, complimentary and/or alternative therapies and treatments. The facility operates within the scope of practice of its staff, which can include both Aesthetic/Cosmetic and Prevention/Wellness procedures and services. A medical spa is a facility whose medical program is run under the strict supervision of a licensed healthcare professional, according to The International Medical Spa Association. ...


Mineral springs spa - A spa offering an on-site source of natural mineral, thermal or seawater used in hydrotherapy treatments.


Resort/hotel spa - A spa owned by and located within a resort or hotel providing professionally administered spa services, fitness and wellness components and spa cuisine menu choices. In addition to the leisure guest, this is a great place for business travelers who wish to take advantage of the spa experience while away from home.


Notes

  1. ^ Historical Review (available as pdf)
  2. ^ a b Discover the Spa Research Fellowship
  3. ^ Taking the Waters, Introduction to Balneology (available as pdf)
  4. ^ A brief history of spa therapy, A van Tubergen and S van der Linden
  5. ^ World Wide Words

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Spa - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (180 words)
The term spa is traditionally used to mean a place where water that is believed to have special health-giving properties occurs.
The term is derived from the Belgian town of Spa.
Spa is a brand of mineral water from the sources at Spa, Belgium
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A SPA as a place should be more than a destination point, it should also be considered a health center, a place to transform your life nurturing both mind and body by better eating habits and exercise as well as education.
SPA is both an ancient body of knowledge as well as a place to regenerate and find harmony in nature.
SPAs should rethink their methods and return to the older system of group wrapping (lots of women in a large room together) in a heady steam-filled room that will enhance the process.
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