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    THERMAL SPRINGS
    Therapeutic use of Natural Hot-Water Springs of Greece

    Hot springs are called those springs whose waters have healing properties. The thermal waters spring up through the rocks and on their way to the surface of the Earth, acquire mineral ingredients which accounts for the therapeutic effect.

    The healing properties of these waters have been known since historic times. Herodotus claimed to be the first to note the therapeutic effect in humans, while Hippocrates was the first to systematically dealt with the subject, categorized and recorded sources of the diseases to which they had a beneficial effect.

    Depending on the composition of mineral water, the springs can be defined as alkaline, iron-, sulfur, radioactive, etc. The therapeutic effect is triple nature: mechanical, thermal and chemical. The mechanical action is mainly due to the buoyancy and the hydrostatic pressure. The thermal effect due to the temperature difference between water and human body. The chemical action is due to skin contact with the mineral water and the penetration into it.

    Some of the diseases in which there is a positive effect of spas are various skin diseases, hypertension, respiratory disorders, rheumatic disorders etc. Because there are contraindications to hydrotherapy, the use ofhot springs should be done after the agreement and following doctor strict rules would indicate. InGreece there are over 200 spas.

    Eight Greek thermal springs have been certified following the recent launch of the Natural Thermal Resources Protection Committee.

    The committee aims to develop spa tourism and thermalism (therapeutic use of hot-water springs) in Greece and promote the wealth of Greek hot-water springs.

    The certified thermal springs are 

    Loutraki-Pozar (Aridaia)

    Probably the most popular among young baths that are flooding particularly during the winter months when the combination bath in hot natural springs in the snowy landscape offers a rare experience.

    The spas of Loutraki Pella located in Almopia at an altitude of 360-390m. foothills of Kaimaktsalan offering the beneficial effects of the mountain along with the healing properties of the hot mineral water springs on its surface at a constant temperature throughout the year.

     

     

    The spa offers group and individual baths, changing rooms, restaurants and bars. With the cool river and impressive waterfalls, Pozar are becoming stronger holiday destination, whatever purely therapeutic reasons, so the area has organized tourist facilities and hotels particularly neat

    Temperature: 37 ° C

    Indications: Diseases of the digestive system, liver, biliary tract, urolithiasis (drinking therapy). Rheumatism, arthritis, peripheral nerve disorders, gynecological, sprains, fractures (balneotherapy).

    Open: all year

     

    Souroti (Thessaloniki),

    With one of the fanatic water lovers of Alexander the Great, the source of Souroti spouting the famous mineral water since antiquity. The favored by the nobility, the First World War, the French bottled the first time to send in their homeland, in 1930 Prime Minister Eleftherios Venizelos stated that "water Souroti is comparable, if not superior, European" and in 1935 officially recognized the source as healing. Today belongs to the municipality who participates with 17% in the company that produces and markets the namesake mineral water.

    Temperature: 16 ° C

    Indications: digestive system, urinary

     

    Kanistra (Kassandra, Chalkidiki)

    In southern Kassandra, rocks, sand, pine trees and the sea give a landscape that works anxiolytics alone, the settlement of St. Friday got its name from the hot springsthat are known for their effectiveness. It is said that the first source discovered by a farmer who was looking to sprinkle sulfur vines, and after the Second World War the residents blasted the rocks with dynamite and sprang the hydrosulfide water temperature 39 ° C from the volcano, creating new Thermopigi. Today, you will find a modern hospital with group and individual tubs, Olympic swimming pools, saunas, steam baths, showers, hot tub, etc. The spa is growing, having already several hotels and resorts, restaurants and bars.

    Temperature: 37.5; 39 ° C

    Indications: Diseases of bones and joints, muscle disorders, skin diseases, urinary, gynecological inflammations.

    Open: all year

     

    Kallithea (Rhodes) 

    Sources located in Kallitheathesis Kallitheaand just 9 kmfrom the city of Rhodes.
    The hot springs of Kallithea Rhodes is known since antiquity for its beneficial health red water that gushes from the rocks. During the months of August and September, crowds of people visiting the site regularly or undoing in makeshift makeshift homes so close to the source..

    They opened their doors on July 1, 2007 and welcome you to the majestic spaces of the restored monument beside the sea. The unique combination of nature, architecture and history travels in a separate cinematic backdrop.

    The unique architecture and monumental grandeur of space with its unique mosaics, the Hall Rotunda where once the thermal waters gushing, the Terrace and every corner of Kallithea Springs nostalgically refer us to another era.

    Today Kallithea Springs is a UNESCO unparalleled beauty and unique architecture, unique natural beauty, with a presence in the community, high level events and conferences intense cultural activity (artistic exhibitions etc.).

     

    Loutraki-Perachora (Corinth)

     In ancient Greece organized spa (here was the first service center thermalism in 1914), the visitor finds one of the most sophisticated hydrotherapy centers coexist harmoniously with the unique architecture building classic luxury baths in 1934.

    The thermal and natural mineral waters of Loutraki and sometimes Baths, are comparable to the most famous abroad, while Loutraki Thermal Spa (EDF management) offers hydrotherapy pools or individual bathtubs, rain showers, sauna, steam room or squirted from a distance, massage essential oils, mud and thalassotherapy.

     

    Temperature: 30,4 ° C

    Indications: Psamimiaseis, kidney stones, gallstones, digestive diseases (drinking therapy). Gouty arthritis, skin diseases, gynecological diseases of the urinary tract (balneotherapy).

    Open: all year


     

     

     

     

    Vouliagmeni Lake ( Athens )

    The hot springsare natural springs, known since ancient times for its ability to help to cure a variety of diseases. The thermal waters are not usually sources of recommendation which simply show increased temperature.

    As the water of Lake Vouliagmeni from sources 50 and 100m depth from deeper layers of the earth at high temperature (22-30oC throughout the duration of the year) receive a variety of trace elements and minerals (potassium, sodium, lithium, ammonium, calcium, iron, chlorine, iodine) which due to the high temperature to dissolve in high percentages.

    Thus the content of the mineral water in a variety of vital data is higher compared to other natural sources.

     

    Kamena Vourla ( Ag.Kostantinos )  

    A rare composition in natural minerals, salts and classify radon spas of Kamena Vourla on 2 major radioactive country (along with Ikaria) and Europe. Created by geological changes Maliakos bay and mountain Kallidromos - Knimida and around them has developed one of the most active and popular spas in the country. From the thermal spring water fed Hippocrates modern spa, featuring individual and group baths and an outdoor pool.

     

    Temperature: 36 ° C to -33 ° C baths pool

    Indications: Chronic rheumatism, arthritis, kidney disease, gynecological, skin, circulatory diseases, etc.

    Open: May to October

     

     

     

    Krinides ( Kavala )

      Healing Clay Krinides
    3 km from the village of Krinides Kavala, modern Pilotherapeftirio Krinidon visitors have the privilege of combining thermal mineral waters and therapeutic clay prepared and matured naturally. After the recent renovation, the complex has accommodation that can accommodate up to 100 people, but you will find many apartments.

    It is worth visiting the archaeological site of the ancient baths, the ancient theater of Philippi, and the Baptistery of Saint Lydia, the first Christian of Evropis.Temperature: 29 ° C

    Indications: rheumatologic disorders, traumatic treatment, gynecological disorders, cardiovascular diseases, dermatological diseases, nervous system disorders, gout, kidney stones, cosmetic use.

    Open: June - October