International Six-montly Journal of Integrated Spa Medicine, Thalassotherapy and Techniques of Well-being

The Program "Health for all in the 21st century" was a difficult promise of  the World Health Organization, with particular reference to the most industrialized countries .We remember,also  the "Fit for Health" programme launched as WHO Day.

This is an important signal that confirms the worldwide trend of a strong growth in the demand for services linked to psychic and physical well-being and treatment and rehabilitation including by natural methods and techniques.

Thermae & Spas, widely distributed throughout all the wordl, represent one of the most deeply rooted components in the living cultural heritage of Europe . As well as an important opportunity for therapy, they are also a significant social phenomena.

The scene of spa-going in the past few years has undergone many changes. We have gone from a medical and health service presented to a certain target in a situation of a single market to a service that is not only medical and to a client in a highly competitive market.

In addition, a broader and more correct view of health is increasingly asserted, understood not only as the prevention or cure of disease, but as attention to the state of well-being, the development of the potential of each individual and as the achievement of inner serenity.

Consequently, it appears evident that Thermae,Spa Medicine and Thalassotherapy, supplemented by methods and techniques of rehabilitation and well-being, confirmed scientifically, today regain their full relevance. In addition to the scientific heritage of Western medicine, medical knowledge of ancient traditions, including those far from our own, but scientifically valid according to the research models of Western science (acupuncture, phytotherapy, techniques of relaxation, Chinese and Indian medicine) take on importance.

However, this situation does not always correspond to correct professional information being  circulated to the medical class and health personnel, who thus  unwillingly find themselves in a position of not having valid cognitive instruments at their disposal. This is also in the interest of the patient/client who addresses these structures.

This is the reason for THERMAE & SPA MEDICINE aimed at the medical class. SPA is the term now used all over the world to indicate a place (thermal spa or well-being centre) where hydrotherapeutic treatment takes place. It has a twofold origin: from the name of the Belgian watering place of the same name or from the abbreviation salus per aquam.

The journal is under the patronage of the World Federation of Thermalism and Climatology  (FEMTEC) and the European Association of Medicine of Well-being (AEMeB),in collaboration with the International Association of  Medical Hydrology (ISMH)

It will contain, on a six-montly basis, scientific works (clinical and experimental) on the above subjects by  internationals authors, researchers and operators at Spas and centres for Well-being, to provide an instrument of global knowledge that is not only theoretical but also practical for the specialists and operators of the sector.

SPA MEDICINE is honoured by an International Editorial Board that will guarantee not only international accreditation but also scientific and objective information for readers. Publisher is THERMAE CAMPUS, Postgraduate School of High Training in balneotherapy,thalassotherapy and complementary medicine and sciences of well-being

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