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Recent trends

By the late 1930s more than 2,000 hot- or cold-springs health resorts were operating in the United States. This number had diminished greatly by the 1950s and continued to decline in the following two decades. In the recent past, spas in the U.S. emphasized dietary, exercise, or recreational programs more than traditional bathing activities.
Up until recently the public bathing industry in the U.S. remained stagnant.Nevertheless, in Europe, therapeutic baths have always been very popular, and remain so today.The same is true in Japan, where the traditional hot springs baths, known as onsen, always attracted plenty of visitors.
But also in the U.S., with the increasing focus on health and wellness, such treatments are again becoming popular.


  • Day spa, a form of beauty salon.
  • Destination spa, a resort for personal care treatments.
  • Spa town, a town visited for the supposed healing properties of the water. Foot spa
  • Hot tub, in United States usage.
  • Soda fountain, in United States usage.
  • Spa (mineral water), from the sources in Spa.
  • Spas usually offer mud baths for general health, or to address a variety of medical conditions. This is also known as ‘fangotherapy’. A variety of medicinal clays and peats is used.