Not many people know that the fashionable term spa is an acronym of the Latin expression “sanus per aquam” – “healthy through water”. This is why new health clinics and hotels, where water is used for health purposes, are called spa centres. For health and beauty, one can also opt for wellness treatments, which improve the mental state, as well as relax and unwind. They usually include a session in a sauna or a bath, which lets you feel extremely fresh and invigorated.
In Małopolska, where hydrotherapy has been present for a long time, a number of towns are renowned health resorts, e.g. Krynica-Zdrój, Szczawnica, Piwniczna-Zdrój, Muszyna, Rabka-Zdrój. Today, next to the old sanatoria, new luxurious spa hotels are constructed, where European standards go hand in hand with exquisite offers. This is confirmed by certificates and awards, as well as customers appreciating the atmosphere and professionalism in these facilities.
Health through water means not just spa & wellness centres, but also swimming pools and bathing resorts. Most thermal waters have therapeutic properties. Poland can boast a wealth of thermal springs, with a larger number of them only in Słovakia and Hungary. During the colder months of the year, bathing in warm water becomes a magical experience, and lets you get close to the so sought-after state of wellness (harmony of body and mind). Water parks constitute another pro-health element of the mosaic. Extremely popular, they combine relaxation with excellent fun.