Health & Wellness Spa
Well-being does not concern physical health only. It is a general feeling, an internal ray of health, force and beauty. It is an on-going process.
The successful endeavor by anyone for a better life, the coverage of internal desires, his particularities, the freedom to choose comprise his personal recipe for well-being. I feel good, I’m having a good time, means that I am feeling mentally well-balanced and I feel healthy. Because if health –in accordance with the definition prescribed in the constitution of the World Health Organization (1946) – is “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not just the absence of an illness or a disability”, a person can easily understand that the meaning of health is not given only by medicine, but also by other factors such as environment, economy, work, etc, and is based solely on a feeling of well-being.
Apart from the rare landscapes and special natural beauties, nature also endowed Greece with springs with important therapeutic properties. Spas are part of the country’s national wealth, while their therapeutic properties were already known in ancient times.
Natural therapeutic springs are found in many different places in Greece, and the water from specific springs differs from ordinary water owing either to its high temperature, or to the presence of rare active components.
Greece is one of the richest countries in the world in terms of natural spas. Thermal and mineral springs appear at 850 different geographical locations.
In addition to revitalizing the spirit, the large number of mineral springs in Greece offers visitors an opportunity to receive treatment for chronic conditions in a natural way (hydrotherapy). Ailments like arthritis and rheumatic disorders are traditionally associated with the elderly, and therefore everyone believes that spas are for the “therapeutic” treatment of mainly senior citizens. However, the beneficial properties are much broader as they also benefit people of all ages. They start by improving appearance (concerns mainly the condition of the skin) and arrive at the more generalized feeling of relaxation and well-being.
The development of health and spa tourism in Greece has been rapid and there is to observe a significant growth of supply and service differentiation. The forms of hydrotherapy treatment applied in Greece are spa or mud therapy, drinking or inhalation therapy.
Fourteen hydro-therapeutic centres (owned by G.N.T.O.) annually treat around 100,000 persons, with 1,400,000 therapeutic treatments, while dozens of other spas operated by local authorities offer modern high-quality services to visitors. In addition, spa centers with state of the art facilities and specialized staff can be found in the majority of the five-star hotels, while other spas can usually be found in Athens or Thessaloniki.
Moreover, thalassotherapy is used as a combination of relaxation, revitalisation, recreation and healing that is achieved in the ideal climatic conditions of Greece and with the use of its excellent seawater. Natural resources are still in use but a holistic provision of body and soul is being introduced including wide spectrum of fitness and wellness products and services.
With one of the best climates in the world, with a unique variety of nature, as well as one of the healthiest diets in the world, Greece is the ideal proposal for psychological and physical health and the search for well-being!
Mineral natural springs
Loutraki, close to Korinthos Peloponnese
Loutraki is widely known for the extraordinary quality of its waters, which are ideal for the fresh water therapy. It offers a Therapy Center of fresh water in an old building where there are mosaics of great artistic value. The water of Loutraki is said to heal uric disorders, kidney grit, gallstones, minor liver disorders and dyspepsia.
Kaiafas, on the western coast of Peloponnese
At a relatively short distance from Pyrgos town, the hot springs of Kaiafas are known for their therapeutic qualities since the ancient times. According to the ancient Greeks, the centaur Nesos washed the wound caused by the arrow of the mythical hero Hercules in these hot springs. These springs have the following therapeutic indications: skin and arthritic ailments, gallstones, gastric and intestinal disorders.
Methana, on the eastern coast of Peloponnese
The springs of the area were already known in the 3rd century A.D. when, according to historians, there was a volcanic explosion. These waters are ideal to treat skin conditions, arthritic, gynecological diseases and disorders in the peripheral nerves.
Killini, on the western coast of Peloponnese
Due to the popularity of this location, it is preferable to combine therapeutic tourism with classical tourism. The therapeutic indications of Killini waters are disorders of the respiratory system, asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, laryngitis and skin ailments
Edipsos, on the northen coast of Evia
The hot springs of Edipsos are known since the ancient times. In the archaeological collection of the city, the visitor has the opportunity to see important ancient baths remains dating from the Hellenistic and Roman period. A large modern complex of hydrotherapy, including steam baths and Jacuzzi, operates in Edipsos. It has an outdoor Olympic-sized pool which waters come both from the hot springs and from the sea, as well as two indoor pools of thermal water. The hydrotherapy center does not have a hotel; hence, the visitor must book their rooms in a lodging option in the area. These waters are said to treat acute and chronic rheumatism, arthritis deformities, espondilartritis, neuritis, sciatica, lumbago and injuries caused by ankylosis, gynecological disorders (salpingitis, endometrial infections, ovaries disorders, leucorreas and even some forms of infertility).
Kythnos, Cyclades Islands
The therapeutic facilities are placed on the ground floor of the old hotel in Loutra, to the north coast of Kythnos. The stay is in the hotels near the centre. Therapeutic indications: chronic rheumatism, arthritis deformity, sciatica, muscle aches, espondilartritis, salpingitis and endometritis.
Thermopylae, in Fthiotida, Central Greece
The thermal springs of Thermopylae were already known in the ancient times and they are placed at 15 km south of Lamia, in the centre of Greece. A large flow of water is received and the rare phenomenon of a thermal waterfall is constituted. The therapeutic indications of this particular place are rheumatic conditions, arthritis, neurological and gynaecological disorders, diseases of the respiratory system, asthma, bronchitis and pulmonary emphysema.
Kamena Vourla, in Fthiotida, Central Greece
Kamena Vourla town is located 178 km to the north of Athens and it is one of the most famous therapeutic entities in the Greek territory. Their main therapeutic indications are chronic rheumatism, arthritis deformity, espondilarthritis, neuritis, sciatica, and disorders of the endocrine glands.
Ypati, in Fthiotida, Central Greece
A tranquil spa in an environment with lots of vegetation 18 km west of Lamia, in direction to Karpenisi. Access is easy and roads are good. It is famous for healing the following therapeutic indications: syndromes and disorders of the blood vessels, hypertension, disorders of the coronary arteries, disorders in the veins of the lower extremities, phlebitis, heart disease, disorders of the heart valves, tachycardia, arrhythmias, skin conditions, eczema, atrophic dermatitis, disorders of the peripheral nerves and muscles, paralysis, muscular atrophy, various forms of arthritis.
Elefteres, near Kavala, to the northeastern of Greece
These thermal spas are located in a beautiful natural surrounding with a lot of green vegetation, 45 km to the west of Kavala. Therapeutic indications: acute and chronic rheumatism, arthritic conditions.
Platistomo, in Fthiotida, Central Greece
The waters of Platistomo are indicated for nutrition-related ailments, arthritis, uric-oxalic grit (non phosphate), obesity, diabetes, liver ailments, gallstones, cystitis, minor liver disorders, disorders of the urinary tract, chronic pielitis and cystitis, chronic disorders of the digestive system, bile and chronic colitis. Apart from balneotherapy, the centre also offers therapy for drinking fresh water systematically.
Lagadas, close to Thessaloniki, Northern Greece
The thermal spas of Lagadas are good for the following therapeutic indications: rheumatic conditions, arthritis and disorders in the peripheral nerves.
Smokovo, in Thessaly, Central Greece
Smokovo lies at an altitude of 450 meters and is situated on the slopes of Mountains Agrafa, in an environment with lots of vegetation. Therapeutic indications: arthritic and rheumatic disorders, chronic rheumatism, sciatica, neuralgia, muscle aches, ailments of the respiratory system.
Nigrita, close to Serres town, Macedonia
There is a hydrotherapy centre that treats many forms of arthritis, disorders of the urinary system, stomach and intestinal disorders.
Ikaria, Dodecanese Islands
The spring is found in Agios Kyrikos village The place belongs to the Municipality of Agios Kyrikos and it offers spa for several health disorders.
Another less organized thermal spring is located in Santorini. There are famous thermal baths in Santorini which are naturally heated by the volcano. To reach the hot waters, visitors must go on a boat that stops at some meters from the hot area. Tourists must then swim till the area, where the temperature is higher than the rest of the sea. Apart from the healthy waters, the sea bottom mud is very rich in minerals, which are supposed to be good for the skin.
Sources: visitgreece.com, greeka.com