Others believe the origin of the word "spa"
comes from the Belgian town of Spa, known since
Roman times for its baths. They speculate that
the town was so prominent that the very word spa
became synonymous in the English language with a
place to be restored and pampered.
Modern spas have their roots in ancient towns
famed for the healing powers of their mineral
waters and hot springs. Travelers would come to
"take the waters" and restore their health.
The practice of bathing in hot springs and
mineral waters dates at least to the Babylonians
and Greeks, and knowing people, probably much
In the 19th century, Europe's great spas were
destinations for the wealthy, who went there to
"take the waters." Water treatments are still
considered the heart of the spa experience in
Europe. Today massages and facials are by far
the most popular spa treatments in America.