There is belief from a very long time ago in history that the minerals of water carry a healing power. Spa is a term that is related to treatment using water or other mineral containing fluids. This kind of therapy is also known as “balneotherapy” and believed to have its origin in Belgium. Later on it became popular in countries like England and Rome and with time the benefits of water soaking or bathing in medicinal water started to be appreciated all over the world.
Many treatment centers were opened which offered the services of medicinal treatment of fluids like herbal oils and mineral and herb treated water, and a people in huge numbers started to avail the benefits of the same. In modern times also, spas are very popular and offer a range of services for well being, tranquility and healing of various kinds of ailments.
There are a variety of spas based on the place where the treatment is done and the type of equipments or stuff used.
Day spa is a kind of spa which is more like a salon where beauty treatments are made.
“Destination” is another kind of spa which is visited more as a holiday destination and that involves intensive personal care.
“Town spa” is generally a place which is known to have natural resources like fountains etc which have medicinal qualities to heal certain ailments.
Mineral water spa, Foot spa, Fountain ( of soda) spa are some other types of spa classified by the use of materials in treatment.
Ayurveda is an ancient form of treatment procedure which is rooted to India and makes use of natural herbs, exercise and meditation to treat the root cause of the condition. It is different from the conventional form of medication and believes in the treatment of a condition by balancing the energies (Vatta , Pitta and Kapha) of human body. Ayurveda is a more holistic approach of treatment, where it does not aim on subduing the problem , but treats the cause in a natural way so that the chances of re occurrences are greatly reduced. Though Ayurvedic treatment and spa treatments sound same but there are major differences as outlined below:
- Ayurvedic treatment is a science which studies the energy imbalances in a human body and works toward balancing them properly which leads to good health. Spa treatments do not follow a science and can be considered artistic.
- Ayurveda has proved to be useful in treating serious health conditions. Spa treatment cannot do that, they are meant mostly for relaxation and rejuvenation.
- Spa treatments are based on application of fluids , massages etc. only. Ayurveda is a complete form of treatment including exercises and medicines to be taken orally. There is normally a course associated with an Ayurvedic treatment that may span from a few days to a few months or year, which is not the same with spa treatment.
- Spa treatments are usually very costly unlike Ayurvedic medication.