Valuable information from the world of spas and spa medicine

The glossary of the European Spas Association contains a variety of definitions and explanations of all sorts of terms related to spas and health resorts. This extremely useful dictionary can be ordered from bookshops (ISBN 3-88907-014-0) or directly from ESPA's head office in Brussels. As a foretaste, a few excerpts from the dictionary containing plenty of interesting information are listed below.



Realignment of the spine and bone/body mechanics to relieve backache and postural problems. This treatment is used to analyse and correct vertebral spinal nerve interferences and helps to maintain the natural organisation of the body so that it can function at its fullest capacity.


Outdoor therapy in spas fulfilling severe regulations concerning air purity, a. o. to relieve respiration (according to indications: low mountain range, high mountain range, sea climate).

Cold Water Cure

The beginning of hydrotherapy (1843) as we know it today. It was devised in the early 19th century by Vincent Priessnitz (1799-1852), son of a Silesian farmer who had no medical training, as a therapeutic regime of cold water drinking and application by means of wet sheet packing, douches and immersion, combined with diet and exercise in fresh air. Swiftly swept through the whole of Europe and the USA. The cold water cure became known as hydropathy.


All types of treatment carried out with mineral water, mud or vapour.

Cures for children

Correctly indicated, structured and measured form of therapy, specially offered for children (see cure).

Cures for mothers

Correctly indicated, structured and measured form of therapy especially designed for mothers (see cure) in special spa clinics, sanatories or rehabilitation clinics.

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