Mineral hot springs are naturally found all over the world. I live near two that bring a great curative quality to millions of visitors from everywhere. Colorado natural hot springs locations can be found by typing in those search terms, and no doubt you will run across many others in other states. I know I was surprised that so many are available. I have enjoyed various Colorado and New Mexico hot springs.
Natural hot springs are often considered as miracle hot springs because users often feel miraculously pain free for some time after a nice soak. Hot spring soaking as therapy was popular back in the 1940's. Enthusiasts included doctors, resort owners, and of course the public users. The supposed cures from the rich mineral waters is more of an alternative or even secret knowledge, because western medicine never embraced it for its healing powers. I, for one, have definitely felt great healing from a nice soak in natural hot springs.
Many of us have joint aches from degenerative joints or pain associated from arthritis. Some of us have muscle soreness from exercise, or inflammation. The heat and ambience from the springs is enough to just settle in for awhile and really relax. It's really nice to be outside in any kind of weather and feel warm and relaxed. Recently I enjoyed a soak at the Penny Hot Springs. I loved observing the river and mountains in the narrow Crystal River Valley where the springs are located. There are many pools separated by rocks, and they are right next to the river. It's really pleasant stepping in from one to another because the temperature varies. The feel of squishy sand mud on my feet, then my whole body as I lay in the pools is really delightful. People of all ages were enjoying themselves, some were clothed and some weren't. It really doesn't matter. I loved observing the river and mountains in the narrow Crystal River Valley where the springs are located. There are many pools separated by rocks, and they are right next to the river. It's really pleasant stepping in from one to another because the temperature varies. The feel of squishy sand mud on my feet, then my whole body as I lay in the pools is really delightful. People of all ages were enjoying themselves, some were clothed and some weren't. It really doesn't matter. It's nice to get in the river after a nice soak because the icy river water feels quite refreshing. The Penny Hot Springs is an example of a non-resort place. It is located off a highway, alongside a river. There are no signs to alert drivers that they are nearing the springs, or any public facilities. One has to know about them, and learn how to get there. Nowadays, that isn't too hard with internet help. I noticed that my body was ache free for a good three days after that soak! Well worth the trip.
Spiritual soaking is quite popular, too. Native Americans and others believe that hot springs are natural power spots. Healing ceremonies, like-minded gatherings, and sacred meetings have been traditionally held at these power spots. I do like what soaking does to my attitude, my mental and spiritual state of being. There is a definite connectedness to the natural settings that lingers in my cells. At-one-ment is a deep comfortable state that I get from the healing waters.
I recall being in Bath, England and touring the historic Roman Baths. I so wanted to get in, but they were in the restoration process when I was there. The sense of historic marvel that so many people from way back forever regularly took pleasure in the geothermal waters encouraged my agreement that the timeless wonder isn't such a secret after all. The Roman Baths in Bath are a tourist destination, and they differ from the non-resort natural hot springs because they are a real publicly enhanced place.
Here in Colorado, the Glenwood Hot Springs are a tourist destination resort too. I love the largest in the world Glenwood Hot Springs (2 plus blocks long). They are close by, in a beautiful Rocky Mountain setting, and the resort is world class. However, they do cost for use, and rarely are there only a handful of people enjoying them. Those are the main differences from non-resort springs. I can still get the marvelous pain free cure for a few days, and rest my weary soul for a spiritual lift. It is the revitalizing geothermally heated mineral water that soothes so well, no matter where the waters reside!