Στιγμές ευεξίας στις ιαματικές πηγές της Ελλάδας
The “miraculous” waters of the thermal baths, which spring through the rocks of the ground, are enriched with metallic components that are collected along the way towards the surface of the Earth. Those components are responsible for the waters’ incredible healing properties, which make people look for them to enjoy unique wellness experiences, both for healing and for relaxing the body throughout the year.
In Greece, there are more than 200 thermal springs and baths. Some of the ones the public can use are:
– Pozar, Pella
The Pozar Baths are located in Almopia Province, 13 km. northwest of Aridaia and is spread on the foothills of Mount Kaimaktsalan, while the area is built on the banks of the hot water crossing the area. The hot, warm waters, with a constant temperature of 37 °C, spill over thousands of years from the mountain where they create an impressive landscape of mountain and forest. Visitors arrive at Loutra from every part of the world either to escape to the beautiful mountains with the caves or to dive into the thermal waters. The facilities of the entire complex are organized in a small spa town with hotels, swimming pools, changing rooms, restaurants, bars, offering every possible service.
– Edipsos, Evia
The famous cave, where the Roman general Sulla had his inhaling-therapy and was cured by urinal arthritis, was revived by the Thermae Sylla Spa & Wellness hotel in a modern area in the center of the hotel’s sanitarium. The visitor sits in the warm stone room, sparking healing water from a depth of 3,000 meters, inhaling 80 °C water vapor while sweating and detoxifying. Another wonderful experience involves hot (38-40 °C) mineral mud, rich in magnesium and calcium, ideal for musculoskeletal disorders. The therapist smears it on them and, after leaving it on the body for a while, they immerse themselves in a bath with healing water and a special massage. This particular treatment has been followed so far by two groups of astronauts as part of their restoration upon their return to Earth.
– Vouliagmeni, Athens
The scenery is a geomorphological spectacle; a lake, as a secret spot for fairies, hidden in the Athenian Riviera, in a rocky environment with pine trees and reeds. The latter also give the color to the deep green waters with the healing properties, ideal for rheumatic diseases, musculoskeletal, dermatological, gynecological and other problems. The temperature remains constant at 22 ° C throughout the year. And if the visitor likes walking, they can follow the short path that starts just above the lake, on the hillside of Faskomilia – the view from the top of the coastline is stunning.
– Loutraki, Korinthia
The most famous baths for the treatment of rheumatic and arthritic diseases and dermatological problems, the baths of Korinthia, have been utilized by Loutraki Thermal Spa, where one can enjoy them in the two indoor pools of thermal water. The visitor can get the popular volcanic stones massage, where the healers do not simply touch the hot stones in the neck, back and waist, but they also do massage with the stones where it is needed. Alternatively, one can choose one of the other spa treatments offered by the treatment center.
– Agios Nikolaos, Santorini
The shallow waters of Agios Nikolaos’ beach exude a light aroma of sulfur and are covered with a layer of pale mud that is rich in sulfur, manganese, iron and other metals excellent for skin, rheumatism, arthritis and other pains. While swimming in them, in addition to seeing one’s skin gradually become yellowish and sensing their body relax, they feel hundreds of tiny bubbles struggling to be released to the surface. They are naturally mud baths formed after the volcanic eruptions. Inside the small bay of Agios Nikolaos the temperature of the water is 30-35 degrees Celsius and is constantly mixed with that of the sea water.
The secluded Therma Spa Lesvos is located right on the seafront, where one can, in absolute calm and overlooking at the bay of Gera, immerse in the outdoor overflowing pool with the thermal water that comes from a depth of 2,500 m at a temperature of 39, 7 ° C. It is indicated for rheumatic diseases, arthritis, neuralgia, musculoskeletal, autoimmune diseases, gynecological diseases etc. Yet the jacuzzi, the beautiful indoor baths with the vaulted ceiling of the Ottoman period and the channels where the water spouts with natural and continuous flow are great choices for a full day of body care. Recently, even internal round baths with or without hydromassage were added.
Inside the rock is built the modern hydrotherapy center of Lakkou Adamas sources, otherwise known as Hippocrates Cave. The “father of medicine” had referred to the healing properties of the hot springs of the island with the marvelous geological mosaic. Thermal Sulfur Water feeds a small indoor pool with a vaulted ceiling and a waterfall and two individual hydromassage baths. It is recommended to sufferers of chronic rheumatism, arthritis, myalgia, neuralgia etc., while one can complete their visit with a steam bath and a sauna.
– Thermia Paranestiou, Serres
Thermal springs of Thermes Paranesti are located 25 km north of the city of Paranesti, at an altitude of 620m. where an old stone hydrotherapy center proves the human presence throughout the centuries. In the spas there are no special facilities except natural baths, creating images and senses that make the mind travel. The water temperature is between 20 °C and 58 °C and has particularly therapeutic properties as there are therapeutic indications for rheumatism, arthropathies, back pain, sciatica, liver and biliary tract diseases.
– Thermopylae, Lamia
According to the legend, Athena asked Gaia to create Thermopylae baths for Heracles to renew his body after his feats, Hippocrates praised the beneficial properties and Roman General Sulla attributed his health to them. Visitors to the baths can enter them all year long for half an hour, waters which have a temperature between 30 and 40 degrees Celsius, which is said to detoxify and oxygenate the body, regulate the pressure, dilate the blood vessels, relax the muscles , cleanse the lungs, strengthen the bones and relax the nervous system.
From the pine-forested mountainside where the thermal baths of Sidirokastro are located and overlooking Mount Belles, the river Strymonas and part of the plain of Serres, all outdoor spaces have rare beauty and views. The main feature of the area of Sidirokastro is the extensive geothermal field so that hot reactions reach 65 degrees Celsius and have healing properties. The source that the public can use is hyperthermal alkaline and reaches 43.7 degrees Celsius, giving health, beauty and well-being.