Merano Italy boasts of being home to the oldest known mineral bath/ spa that is still in existence even to date. Evidence exists showing that the spring was being used in an organized manner way back about 5000 years ago. Well, it is very interesting to imagine that Italians had for more than five millenniums ago realized the benefits of getting their feet shocked in warm water. The history of hot tubs has also found to manifest itself greatly in the Egyptian world. According to history hot baths were used by the Egyptians in the early 2000 BC for therapeutic purposes.
In fact, there is evidence of actual construction of spas in Egypt from Phraortes who was the king of Media as early as 600BC. However, these early forms of spas were just a caldera whereby the water was heat by stones. The Greeks are yet another lot of people who are not know to hot tabs because historians note that The Greeks had realized the benefits of hot tubs way back in 500 B.C. Essentially, these baths were constructed by the Greeks near the Volcanoes or natural hot springs and were mainly used by the Greek elite class and celebrities of that time.
The Romans Enjoyed A Hot Tub
The Romans have also been enjoyed the power of hot tubs for as long as history can inform us. However, hot baths used by the ancient Romans were mainly recreational areas where hundreds of people congregated at any given time rather than for aquatic therapy and personal hygiene. Well elaborate aqueduct systems existed and were used for servicing stone bath tubs by carrying the mineral water to the steam rooms, public baths and private rooms. Diocletian remains as the best known historical hot tub of the Romans and dates back to AD 305 with coverage of about 130, 000 sq. yards.
In England, warm water was used for purposes of healing and this essentially dated back to 800 B.C. Mostly, the warm water was used by the British royalty especially in 20th Century. Historians note that around 1589, Queen Elizabeth 1 used to take a hot bath once a month at the very least. Within the town, five baths were constructed which included the popular King’s Bath as well as the Cross Bath that became associated with rheumatics and lepers. These spas in Britain had high contents of potassium, magnesium, calcium and sulfur.
Hot Tubs Are Big In Japan
The Japanese and The United States also have a history of hot tubs as well that dates back way before the World War. Ofuro is a family custom that has existed in Japan for centuries and denotes bathing in hot water in a freestanding wooden tab. In the US, the Native Americans used to enjoy the natural springs way back before the arrival of the European settlers. Berkeley Springs is noted as among the oldest spas in America and hot tub establishment in the country were greatly promoted by Franklin D. Roosevelt during his administration that spanned for about 12 years between 1933 and 1945.
In the 1960’s, the first hot tubs, which were actually wooden, started to appear in California and Japanese ofuru was the inspiration behind these tubs. They were made from wine tanks, olive vats and oak barrels sourced from wineries at the nearby. These were later replaced by Redwood hot tubs even though the difficult in keeping them clean and their continued leaking and the fact that they lacked bubbles and effervescence marked their downfall. Since then, the hot tub and spa industry has been experiencing tremendous growth that has resulted in the state of the art hot tubs present today.