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All About Natural Hot Water Springs

Aug 18, 2008
For some of us there is simply nothing as relaxing after a long work day than coming home, drawing a deep hot bath, and soaking until our heart is content. It helps to soothe away all of the stress and body tensions we build up during the day. People have been doing this for thousands of years, but in past history it was not always as easy for others as it is for us. Heating enough water for a large bathing tub and keeping it hot throughout the soaking time could be quite difficult unless you were fortunate enough to have servants to do the water heating for you.

Almost everyone has heard about how the ancient Romans used natural hot water springs to build some bathing facilities. One place that was developed by the Romans was a place called, not surprisingly, Bath in Somerset, England. During the Elizabethan period Bath experienced a resurgence of popularity because of the spa like baths. The aristocrats loved to visit there and take the waters, as they would say, because they believed that they had healing properties that could relieve or even cure many ailments.

Natural hot water springs such as the ones in Bath can be found literally all over the world. These springs can be found in several states in America and Canada. They are caused by geothermal heat. To put it simply, the rocks are heated underground sometimes by volcanic magma, sometimes not, and the ground water is heated. Not all springs, such as the geysers in Yellowstone National Park are suited for using to bathe in because they are super hot to the point of boiling. These super heated springs are usually the ones that are in volcanic areas.

People believe that the heavy mineral content in these springs combined with the heated water can promote healing for those with disabilities. There have been many rehabilitation clinics built at these springs because of this belief. A good hot bath can usually make anyone feel somewhat better and if it promotes healing that is even better.

Not all of the effects from natural hot water springs are good ones. These springs are sometimes just the right temperature for infectious bacteria to thrive. It is possible that bathers over the years could have become infected with some really serious things, even meningitis, as a result of using the hot springs. So before you decide to jump into a natural hot spring somewhere, it might be a good idea to read up on them a little more to see if the risk of using them might be greater than the therapeutic value they could have.
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