Published on Thu/28/2012 Meeting the expert of Japanese Spa Hot Spring Thermal Baths
Originally Posted in my Spareviewer Blog July 2011
Hooray for the plans to untap the thermal springs at Buxton by 2014. It’s such a pleasant place to visit and I like the idea of being able to immerse one’s body and soak up the healing properties of one of the only two natural springs currently accessible in the UK. Some recent research of mine showed that London once had some springs but they were put to use as coolers by the breweries during the industrial revolution. Thames water now owns the sources of London’s springs. My recent trip to Buxton proved to be informative as I bumped into the Director of Japan’s Onsen institute and while we waited 1hour at Stockport station for our delayed train to Buxton then travelled for another hour to our destination, we informed each other of the culture of spa treatments and hot spring bathing in UK and Japan. Part of our surmising’s was that Japan is rich in hot spring culture because it sits on much seismic activity from it’s many volcanoes. While the UK in lacking even one volcano means that it’s natural hot spring participation culture is poor. Hot springs come with territories that are volcanic.
My view of thermal pools are romantic. My thoughts marvel about how the earth generously produces it’s own elixir in the form of hot mineral rich warm spring pools, so that us humans can heal, perhaps. The conversation I had at Stockport station has inspired me to think more deeply when next I have the opportunity to have a dip in a thermal spring.
When I next happen to be melding with healing waters of either the Scandinavian coutries, the far east or Caribbean I shall contemplate how lucky it is that I came across a man who enlightened my knowledge. It was at Stockport Station that I began to appreciate that a sense of well-being and health can be gained from more natural sources than the UK’s artificial National Health Service . National it is yes. But as Natural? No.