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Historically, the most unique attraction in Hot Springs, Montana is the one for which the town was named. Deep beneath the clay earth in the area, heated by thermal pockets and the warmth of bedrock, our hot mineral water springs have attracted every sector of society since their discovery by Native Americans, long before the area was home- steaded.

The practice of balneotherapy is defined by Wikipedia as “generally applied to everything related to spa treatment, including the drinking of waters and the use of hot baths and natural vapor baths, as well as of the various kinds of mud and sand usd for hot applications.

“Balneotherapy refers to the medical use of these spas, as opposed to recreational use. Common minerals found in spa waters are sodium, magnesium, calcium and iron, as well as arsenic, lithium, potassium, manganese, bromine, and io- dine. Mud-baths are also included in balneotherapy, and the dirt and water used to mix mud baths may also contain min- erals which are thought to have beneficial properties.”

In one form or another, balneotherapy has been practiced for centuries, the great Roman baths being a widely-known example. Mineral springs in Europe have been popular tour- ist destinations throughout history; in some regions, indi- vidual baths, each with different mineral content, are pre- scribed to patrons depending on their particular ailments. These spas and resorts are still faithfully visited by those hoping to benefit their health by “taking the waters”.

From Bath, England to Saratoga Springs, New York to Colo- rado Springs, Colorado to Hot Springs, Montana, untold num- bers have flocked to mineral springs for their health bene- fits. By drinking the waters and/or taking the many types of baths (hot, cold, mud), mineral and hot springs enthusiasts see increased health in the joints, skin, and other parts of the body, including brain function and the reduction of stress. Various cure regimens have developed; the “21-day cure”, for example, includes a series of baths, immersions, drinking, and inhalation that lasts 3 weeks. It has been proven by German studies that mineral water spa treatments such as this result in a decrease in absenteeism and loss of work due to illness by 35 percent in the two years fol- lowing treatment.

This and similar cures were popular with the idle wealthy, and spa vacations combined the notion of improving one’s health while providing a social outlet for the upper class- es, who would travel a circuit route of spas for months at a time. The popularity of the mineral water spa reached its zenith in the 1950s and 1960s, after which challenges from the conservative medical community and new pharmaceutical drugs for many ailments steered the masses away from the mineral and hot springs.

Today, however, with a renewed interest worldwide in alter- native and holistic health and medicene, hot springs are re-appearing in texts and teachings as a true gift of nature, a simple and undisturbed way for the earth to heal its own.

Among the ailments treatable through balneotherapy, the following are consistently mentioned:

- arthritis
- excema, psoriasis, fungal infections, and other skin problems
- rheumatism
- loss of appetite
- liver detoxification
- weight loss (sitting in a mineral spring for 15 minutes burns the same number of calories as jogging more than 1/2 mile)
- digestion problems
- circulatory issues
- stress, soreness

The following sources were used in this article: “All Waters Are Not Created Equal: Healing Remedies of the Sea”, Monica Tuma Brown, Massage & Bodywork magazine, April/May 2002.
Wikipedia
Settlers and Sodbusters, Hot Springs Historical Society
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Historically, the most unique attraction in Hot Springs, Montana is the one for which the town was named. Deep beneath the clay earth in the area, heated by thermal pockets and the warmth of bedrock, our hot mineral water springs have attracted every sector of society since their discovery by Native Americans, long before the area was home- steaded.
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Very nice stay, quaint, quiet, and relaxing.

Very nice stay, quaint, quiet, and relaxing. Billy was great and so was the massage from Kathy. This was our first time but would like to be back again. May 2015 ~ M & H

Having a perfect time here. Thank you for the coffee + kindness. June 2015 ~ E
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