Story: Thermal pools and spas

Spa treatments (1st of 3)

Spa treatments

Until the middle of the 20th century there was widespread belief in the power of mineral water to cure a range of diseases. Lacking effective medical treatments for some chronic conditions such as rheumatism, people visited spas in desperation. The man in the metal cage is undergoing a douche (spray) bath, while the attendant regulates the water pressure.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Tourist Department Album 11 (PA1-o-503)
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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Thermal pools and spas - Health benefits', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 September 2020)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 12 Jun 2006