a: a mineral spring b: a resort with mineral springs
: a commercial establishment with facilities for exercising and bathing; especially:health spa
Spring or resort with thermal or mineral water for drinking and bathing. The word derives from a Belgian town whose springs reputedly had curative powers. Mineral springs usually contain various salts, trace minerals, and gases; many are naturally carbonated. Most thermal springs (seehot spring) also contain minerals. Warm-water bathing aids relaxation (seehydrotherapy), and high salt or sulfur content helps some skin conditions. Drinking mineral water is believed to aid digestion, and waters with specific minerals are used for particular conditions.