It sounds slightly clichéd, but in the busy word of the 21st century, many people just don’t have the time to relax at all. Many people try to involve themselves in too many things – work, sport and children can take up so much of a person’s life.
Everybody would love to keep as healthy as possible to live a longer, happier life. Many people sign up to gyms or start on strenuous walking routines to cut down on that belly fat, but what some people don’t tend to realise is that it is possible to relax and stay healthy at the same time.
The term ‘medical tourism’ is often associated with people travelling across borders to access cheaper or more effective medical care. However, medical tourism also comes in the form of singles, couples or groups taking a short trip to another country, usually in Europe, to take advantage of relaxing spa resorts there.
Europe is very popular among medical tourists as many nations on the continent are rich with natural resources such as soothing thermal springs and healing mud pools. The diverse nature of the European continent gives the prospective medical tourist several options to choose from – the saunas of Finland to the thermal springs found elsewhere are great stress-reducing adventures.
Since the expansion of the Roman Empire, spas have been very popular throughout Europe. At the same time, many natural therapists discovered how much simple mud and water can help in the healing process. Roman spas became very popular, and have persisted to this day.
Two key reasons have driven people back to spas in Europe for centuries. Firstly, spas offer the opportunity to get healthy. Many spas offer a range of services from massage to metabolism checkups, in addition to any nearby springs. Secondly, people continue to patronise spas for the relaxation offered – a getaway from the ‘trials of modern life’.