Who is responsible for saying if a spa has mineral-medicinal water?
In a real thermal spa, the water is mineral-medicinal (also known as thermal water). That is to say, it has minerals in its composition that makes it useful in the treatment of different ailments and as a preventive therapy for different diseases. Who is responsible for saying if a spa has mineral-medicinal water? This would be the State through a declaration file of public utility of the waters. It declares that the water is mineral-medicinal due to its health effects on the organism. In other words, to speak of mineral-medicinal water, a public record is necessary to declare such condition.
Each mineral-medicinal water is a different and unique "cocktail" because its composition is different, although it is the same type of water, due to the greater or lesser presence of each mineral, its combination with another, and the different effects produced by each one on the organism.
There are different classifications of mineral-medicinal water depending on its temperature or predominant component, but, it is important to note that each water is different, and only its use over the years determines exactly what would be the beneficial effects for people's health in each specific case.
A thermal spa has a doctor or medical service that ensures that the treatments enjoyed by clients are well designed, that the appropriate recommendations are provided, a beneficial use is made for the health of the facilities, and proper cleaning and disinfection controls are followed.
Why is the word thermal spa used to designate places on the beach or spas?
Why is the word thermal spa used to designate places on the beach or spas? The thermal spas were the typical option for holidays in the nineteenth century. When people started visiting beaches, the word thermal spa was used as a synonym for a holiday location, even if the water from the baths came from the sea. The so-called spas or places that work with tap water use the word thermal spa, knowing the prestige that comes with it, to try to make their customers recognize them better. Although, it is not to be confused: one thing is a thermal spa of mineral-medicinal water and another very different thing is the so-called "urban thermal spas" that use tap water without any benefit for the people’s health due to its composition.