Below you'll find popular hydrothermal areas and features to consider when designing your spa.

For thousands of years, people around the world have harnessed the cleansing and healing powers of water and heat, including the unique wellness benefits of hot/cold contrast therapy. People are often unaware of the wide array of hydrothermal bathing experiences available. Depending on space and cultural considerations, as well as the health and wellness benefits required, hydrothermal spa areas come in a myriad of sizes and shapes. We've gathered some of the most essential experiences and arranged them from hottest (sauna) to coldest (snow room). Whether you're interested in designing a home spa for private use or need to design a luxury spa that can be enjoyed by many, take some time to explore the various types of thermal cabins and hydrotherapy pools/baths that are available.


Authentic ways to positively impact wellbeing.

Hydrotherapy offers a wide array of applications and health benefits. Whether combining soothing water temperature with jets and other features for self-massage, using a shock of cold water to stimulate blood circulation, or taking advantage of water for low-impact exercise—all are proven to promote and impact wellness.



The Guide to Hydrothermal Spa & Wellness Development Standards, Third Edition

Produced by the Global Wellness Institute's Hydrothermal Initiative, the book provides design and building guidelines for hydrothermal areas. Our CEO, Don Genders, acts as the Initiative Chair, leading a committee of global experts to promote the Hydrothermal Industry. Design for Leisure provided our expertise for the guide's content and sponsored the production.


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