ISBN 9783791353944,Healing Sources: Spas and Wellbeing from the Baltic to the Black Sea

Healing Sources: Spas and Wellbeing from the Baltic to the Black Sea


Sophie Benge


Prestel Publishing



Prestel Publishing

Publication Year 2014

ISBN 9783791353944

ISBN-10 3791353942


Number of Pages 192 Pages
Language (English)


Discover the traditional and contemporary spa and wellness cultures offered from the Baltic to the Black Sea, and see why this part of Europe contains some of the best-kept secrets in the realm of travel and wellbeing. This book takes readers on a journey through the rich and varied wellness cultures of 12 European countries, from decadent Art Nouveau spas in Hungary to traditional pirts sauna rituals in Latvia. Throughout the book, the holistic approaches to wellbeing in each region are revealed, including those based in the power of natural resources, such as respiratory healing in Poland's salt mines, mineral-water therapies in Hungary, smoke saunas in Estonia, and mud pools in Slovakia. Stunning photographs of the region's architecture, landscape, food, and natural remedies are combined with fascinating tales from history and of famous visitors. This generously illustrated and informative book also explores cost-effective and culturally intriguing alternatives to the more frequently visited spa destinations.
About the Author: Sophie Benge
Sophie Benge is the author of the hugely successful book, Tropical Spa. She has worked in the spa industry for various global brands and was former editor of Elle Decoration Asia. Sophie writes and speaks frequently on spas, wellbeing, and energy medicine.