History of the Thermal Spa



Since time immemorial,water was believed to have miraculous properties.The belief in the superior nature of water had many applications in various rituals,which were often associated with healing practices.The connection was made because people quickly realized that the liquid component coold be used as a means to relieve pain and as a remedy for permanent cures.Many researchers consider the spa as the first form of treatment,which has been used by people for different aliments.Indeed,its history closely connected with the local history of our region since the ancient Greeks were the first to use the baths for hygiene and considered it an examble of civilization.

The Asclepiea,temples built in Greek antiquity,were devoted exclusively to treating disease.Built near the springs,they offered patients a combination of baths as well as dietary and psychological treatments.

The first person to witness to the therapeutic springs was the historian Herodotus,whose writings recommend spa treatments.References to the spas are made in Herodotus' texts and in the writings of the father of medicine,Hippocrates(5th centure BC),who defined the effects of cold and hot baths on the human body,as well as for which illnesses the baths are beneficial.Hippocrates also sets our rules for using the baths.

THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES OF MEDICINAL HYDROTHERAPY

A. BALNEOTHERAPY
Medicinal balneotherapy has a therapeutic function on a wide range of aliments that are better than other therapies(circulatory system,nervous system,musculoskeletal,skin,etc.)Specifically,it treats:

1.Rheumatism
2.Trouble with the circulatory system (high blood pressure,insufficient circulation of the coronary arteries,and arteritis of the lower extremities).
3.Dermatological problems(eczema,dermatitis,etc.).
4.Gynecological problems(chronic past infections of the ovaries and uterus,leucorrhea,insufficiency of the ovaries).
5.Diseases of the peripheral nerves(neuritis,reticulates,neuralgias).
6.Nervous system problems
Β.HDROKINESOTHERAPY
This tretment prevents permanent injuries (pathological lesions,atrophy,deformities,stiffness) and helps in their rehabilitation.

Area



Located in a beautiful area 13km from the site of the Municipality of Thessaloniki, on 7,2 hectares is Loutraki Pozar.The name comes from the words "po" and "zar" meaning "under fire". This is a land of lush, natural harmony and many special attractions. This special landscape combines the wildness and grandeur of a natural miracle: a ravine created by magnificent rocky mountains where the river Toplitsa runs forming small waterfalls and shallow riverbeds along its bangs.

The river is created by springs at an altitude of about 360-390 meters,which are in turn fed by rainwater that penetrates the ground and reaches a large depth.After is heats up,it rises to the top enriched with minerals beneficial ingredients.

The intense natural landscape dominates the area and human intervention has come about with minimal change to the landscape's sculpture.To serve bathers,we have created individual baths,indoor and outdoor Olympic size pools specially designed along the river.Walking,hiking,and other outdoor activities are made possible because of bridges and trails that follow the topography of the land.Some trails and up in the caves that surround the resort and are the first Cave Park in Greece.The park consists of 17 caves and caverns,as well as paleontological discoveries that have been found inside testify to the area as being inhabited since the Neolithic Age.Many are displayed in the Physiographical-Folklor e Museum of the Baths and are accompanied by rich photographic material.

Loutra Pozar is a destination that combines two keys elements of Greek nature:time carved from the Earth the running water that comes from six sources and is famous for its medicinal properties.