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07 The Ancient Baths

Since very early times many different cultures have enjoyed the benefits of soaking in hot water. Following is a summary of how the spa bath has developed into what we use today. In the Pre-Hellenic civilization of the Aegean great use was made of baths. The buildings of Knossos, Festus and Tirinto, contain different types of bath chambers. The baths, perfusions of healing water, were usually accompanied by the sound of musical instruments. These baths were popularly called aquae, while the treatments undertaken at these aquae were known as Sanus per Aquam -of that SPA is taken into account to be an acronym- which means health by or through water.