While most of us survive the long and gloomy long winter months cooped up around fireplaces, many Hungarians warm up by dipping into the steaming hot springs the country is famous for. In Budapest especially, where thermal water pools abound, it is a favorite spare time activity for every age group from pensioners to teenagers to go for an afternoon dip or play a relaxing chess game in the soothing pools built around hot springs surrounded by January snow.
Budapest thermal waters are fed by an extensive underground labyrinth of wells. Most of these springs are clustered around the Buda hills, right on the west shore of the Danube river that slices the city right across. The thermal waters of Budapest contain sulphur, magnesium, sodium chloride, iodine and other trace elements that combined with the heat, get absorbed thought the skin and soothe aching and arthritic joints, relax muscles and detoxify. They also bring relieve to some degenerative nerve conditions and help healing fractures. Drinking the water is beneficial for gastrointestinal and urinary tract infections and inhaling its steam helps chronic bronchitis.
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A typical Hungarian thermal spring spa offers a variety of different baths, mud packs that are prescribed by the spa doctors as part of the spa packages depending on the guests' condition like "Champaign bath", traction bath, electrotherapy, underwater jet massage. Manual massages and curative gymnastics complete the treatment regime at these resorts.
Why not surprise the folks you left at home with a complete change!. It is also possible during a three week thermal spring spa vacation to have minor cosmetic surgeries done. The spas are in direct contact with California trained plastic surgeons and several Budapest hospitals. Hungarian prices for cosmetic surgeries and other general health care programs are considerably lower than in North America or Western Europe.
Bathing in hot spring waters goes back to a very long time in the region. First there were the Romans who used the curative hot waters of Hungary regularly for recreation and cure. This practice was followed by an extensive bathing culture during the times of the Turks who ruled the country for 150 years in the 16th and 17th century. Some of the old Turkish baths with their typical cupolas are still open to the public but nowadays most locals and visitors alike use modern facilities in the several hot spring bathing establishments
Hygiene is of utmost importance in all of these bath centers. Instead of circulating the mineral waters or adding chlorine, fresh thermal spring waters are let to flow into the pools continuously at a steady speed.
The supply of hot spring waters is so abundant that changing the waters of the pools is not an issue, the surplus hot spring water sometimes is used for heating the buildings as well. For further information go to
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