The word spa and its expansion emerged since the Greek and Roman Empire. If we look back to the history of spa, there are few articles that share about spa emergence in Asia, Africa even India which became the birth place of yoga. One of the treatment that offered in spa packages which trusted as a way to gain peace and relaxed body and mind. To start this working through the spa emergence according to the eastern culture we should understand what continents included in Eastern hemisphere group. From worldatlas.com we can see that Eastern hemisphere consist of most of the Europe continents, Asia, most of Africa, Australia, and some Antarctica.
This article will be focusing in Asian continents which we already know have magnificent culture that mostly related to the nature. In Asia the people were taught to be connected with the nature and live together with nature and gain interrelationship with nature itself. This believes might be caused by the demography of Asian continents which mostly consist of tropical forest, even tropical rainforest with its various kinds of plants and its advantages for people.
Most of the spa treatments in Asia use the mixture of plants like herbs, spices, flower and many other variations. You might see diversity in their spa treatments variations such as Chinese foot massages that you can meet in every street of China with its big foot sign, Javanese treatment to tighten the genital organ for women who prepared for a marriage called ratus from Indonesia, or ayurvedic spa treatment from India.
Let’s take a look back little further to 1800 AD, the ancient years in Japan and South Korea as it mentioned to be the first place of Spa emergence in Asia. Through the centuries the volcanic activities cause numerous hot springs emerged through out the lands of Eastern Asia. Those are used to continue a large part of Japanese and Korean cultural heritage: traditional bath houses and spas, also called onsens (Japanese hot spring resort towns).
A hot spring in Japanese believes is related to religious meaning which is originated from the practice of Misogi. It is a ritual of purification as part of the preparation to worship. The practices of Misogi usually take place in hot springs, saunas or standing under waterfalls as well as sleep deprivation or fasting. There is a hot spring that is believed as the most ancient hot spring resort in Japan built by Buddhist monks in the 8th century called Arima-onsen. It has seven springs that known to heal specific pains and ailments for each springs. Mostly some of the spa places in Japan still use the original spring because the minerals from original hot water spring heals better and give more benefits to people.
In 13th century, the bath houses are popular in Korea; it called Jjimjilbang in Korean language. Hot water and herbal treatments are usually coupled to massages and body care. For Korean people having a blast in public bath house is the best pampering selection. Different with Japanese spa, Korean spa mostly are public spa that is built to use together.
The Asian blending of traditions, nature and the wellness treatments itself originated new kind of spa therapy. From the beautiful natural scenery of Mount Fuji attraction, to hot stone massages and fish pedicures. Korean also innovate their spa treatment using Vichy shower. This horizontal shower set above a massage table that allows you to experience enjoyable massage whilst a cascade of water is poured over your body. These innovations are created on purpose of giving the best natural relaxation experiences and wellness for everyone.