Our ancient future is our ancient past when it comes to spa and communal wellness.
From sweat lodges to public baths, rituals that have been geared to honour our journey of wellness has always been a part of our cultural customs.
From hand-built saunas or volcano-cut cauldrons of bubbling water, our therapeutic methods of wellness have evolved over time.
Cleopatra's daily self-care methods, including milk & honey baths and the use of essential oils, remain aspirational. These ancient methods are still revered as beauty regimes for many women today.
The Bible holds many stories about the use of sacred oils such as frankincense, myrrh, cassia. These oils along with many herbal remedies assist with mind, body and spiritual wellness.
Throughout many cultures and sacred texts, water has always been spoken about in regards to its miraculous ability to heal.
Spas became popular during the Roman era as a solution to those fatigued by war. Water was a remarkable aid in rejuvenation, relaxation and treatments for wounds.
Roman Spas also had a medicinal emphasis and were used largely as recuperation centres for the wounded military soldiers.
Even back then they understood the need for therapeutic centres and no matter whether they were wounded or not soldiers had access to these.
In 500 B.C. many social gatherings often centred around these mineral and thermal baths. Many famous philosophers, including Hippocrates and Plato, wrote about the benefits of hydrotherapy.
This is also why people would indulge in bathing in the ocean for medicinal purposes.
As access to spas were restricted to those of wealthier classes, an opportunity for other classes to experience something similar was born: public baths.
When the Roman Empire fell, there was a decrease in the recognition of the thermal springs and its healing properties all over the world.
However we have found ourselves steadily in a renaissance of ancient wellness coming back to life.
The first ever day spa was introduced by Elizabeth Arden in 1910, known as Manhattan’s Red Door Salon. This was the shift for humanity to begin to honour self-care through manicures, facials, etc., which is what creates our modern-day experience.