Before I get into the virtues of enjoying a Bulgarian hot spring spa I first need to apologise for taking so long writing another blog. I’ve had my website now for almost a year and only penned 2 blogs of my own. As a writer, I’ve written plenty for other people. This year, however, things are going to be different and I plan to spend more time writing my own. My goal is to write at least one every week and failing any unforeseen hiccups I hope to meet that target.
Anyway, onward and upward and a blog about the virtues of relaxing in a tub of hot spring water, something we’ve come to enjoy quite regularly. And it costs less than you’d pay in the UK for a cup of coffee in Starbucks!
We’re very fortunate here in Bulgaria, there are hot mineral springs in almost every area you visit. We live in a small village between the towns of Dimitrovgrad and Haskovo. The next town but one is Mineralni Bani (община Минерални бани), a popular tourist spot, thanks to its healing waters.
We’ve been partaking of this health giving water for many years, ever since we bought our house here more than a decade ago. We’re both getting on a bit now (aah shame) and it does wonders for our aches and pains. It’s also nice to lie in the bath together. We’ve only got a shower at home.
So what is it about this hot spring water that’s so special?
In Japan they’ve been soaking in natural hot springs for thousands of years and I have to confess to feeling pretty good after relaxing for half an hour in a bath filled with hot mineral water. As a medical treatment, there’s still a lot of research to be done, however, it is reputed to have several therapeutic benefits.
Balneotherapy is the name it’s been given, referring to the therapeutic use of water. The water found in natural hot springs, such as those in Mineralni Bani, contain a variety of different minerals. These minerals include calcium, sodium bicarbonate, fluorine, chlorine, sodium and potassium, among others. Drinking or lying in water that contains these minerals is beneficial because it is said to:
- Boost blood circulation
- Reduce stress and promote sleep
- Relieve pain
- Heal skin problems
We’ve decided to enjoy a hot spring mineral bath at least once a week, and so far we’re feeling much better for it.