SPA and Wellness
SPA is the abbreviation for “sanus per aquam” which translates to “health through water” (A van Tubergen, S van der Linden, 2002). Until today it hasn’t been clarified, if the meaning of SPA might have another origin. It may also derive from the Belgian seaside resort of the same name, where British tourists enjoyed applications as early as the 16th century (A van Tubergen, S van der Linden, 2002). Alternatively, many people believe that SPA is a synonym for wellness and that both terms have the same meaning. This is not true.
What means wellness
The term wellness basically stands for all applications that have a positive effect on our well-being. These include, for example, massages, Far Eastern relaxation methods, meditations and gentle movement types such as Qi Gong. SPA, on the other hand, only covers applications that use the energy and power of water. While such treatments were only possible in hotels and health care facilities until a few years ago, the current trend is very much in the direction of Home SPA.