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Czech Spa Capital announced as the host of the 27th ESPA Congress

The largest and most renowned event within the health and spa tourism industry, the ESPA Congress, will take place between 4 and 6 October 2023 in the Czech spa capital Karlovy Vary. Three core events of the ESPA Association will take place - the ESPA Congress, the ESPA Innovation Award and the ESPA SPA-CE tradeshow for spa and wellness tourism. Set to be hosted in...

Thierry Dubois: “Balneotherapy can answer the new needs of our changing world”

As you see, the world is changing. Our fellow citizens have adopted a totally different lifestyle, and balneotherapy and health tourism can answer their new needs. This augurs a strong growth recovery.

Unveiling Climatotherapy’s Richness in Romania’s Balneary Treatment

Romania is blessed with a varied and at the same time unitary relief, in which the proportionality of the three characteristic forms is noticeable: mountains 34%, hills 35%, plains and meadows 31%, arranged in an amphitheater against the Carpathian arch that surrounds the great interior depression of Transylvania and, gradually, decrease in altitude towards the periphery. The location along the 45th parallel gives its...

Iuliana Tasie and Dr. Mihaela Cucu: The Future of Healing Climate in Romania

UNVEILING CLIMATOTHERAPY’S RICHNESS IN ROMANIA’S BALNEARY TREATMENT The spa and wellness industry has the potential to significantly improve the population's overall health. While traditional treatment methods frequently rely on medication or surgical interventions, both of which are risky, spa treatments can provide a safer and more natural alternative for alleviating certain conditions. We had the opportunity to speak to Iuliana Tasie and Dr. Mihaela Cucu, who...

Thermal Medicine develops in China: Harnessing the Power of Hot Springs

FIRST SPA HOTEL DEDICATED TO THERMAL MEDICINE OPENS IN CHINA With ancient Chinese legends and folk ballads extolling the enchanted healing powers of the water, thermal medicine has a long tradition in China dating back more than 2,000 years. On 15 November 2022 in Tengchong, Yunnan province in China, the first spa hotel dedicated to thermal medicine opened its doors. We invite you to read...

How Slovakian Spas introduced Post-Covid rehabilitation

Following the COVID-19 pandemic, Slovakian spas soon provided individuals who experienced long-term health complications the unique possibility to regain their strength and improve their health by offering various rehabilitation programmes. The well-received initiative commenced by the Slovak Spa Association quickly gained recognition and continues to attract visitors to Slovakian spa resorts. COVID-19 leaves many with long-term health problems that must be addressed as soon as...

Marlies Sobczak: “It is ESPA’s assignment to further develop opportunities for Thalasso”

We recently spoke to Marlies Sobczak, project manager of ESPA’s Thalasso working group, who played a pivotal role in bringing the annual congress of the DHV to Norderney. Marlies provided valuable insight into the event and the activities of the Thalasso group.

10 Myths About Seawater We All Believe

Baths in spas, thalasso cures, nasal hygiene, drinking blisters: seawater has many health benefits. Studies remain rare but the sector wants to revive research. 1. The sea relieves rheumatism True. It is even the oldest recognized virtue of sea bathing. In 1899, Dr. Louis Bagot opened the first thalassotherapy centre in Roscoff, Finistère. He invented the treatment of rheumatism in heated seawater, providing a muscle relaxant and “relaxing”...

Institute of Spa and Balneology Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic

C8: INNOVATIVE MEDICAL SPA SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH