Far from being just a creation of wealth and indulgence, the origins of the spa extend far back into history to the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. It was believed that bathing, whether in a natural hot spring or in a concoction of specially treated water, had many healing properties, beneficial for both the psyche and the physical body. The traditions and practices that followed eventually led to the spas of today, as chronicled in the book Spa: The Sensuous Experienc. Authors Robert D. Henry and Julie D. Taylor offer their expertise on both the history and development of the modern day spa in this unique book, which also profiles dozens of beautiful spas from around the world.
Defining spas by categories such as resort spas, day spas and thalasso spas, the book goes on an eloquent journey of the world’s most luxurious retreats, complete with colorful, soothing photos. Particular spas of note include the Roman-inspired Retreat at Aphrodite Hills Resort, the exotic Banyan Tree Shanghai day spa, and a gorgeous thalasso spa in Greece called Delos Spa Center. Still, the book is a bit of a tease — by the first twenty pages, you’ll want to be on the next plane to some exotic spa resort, not sitting in your living room reading a book.