The most popular spa in Slovakia is known well beyond the borders of Europe. This spa gained fame due to the healing power of the sulphur-carbonate and calciferous-magnesium water with a temperature of 69.5oC, the sulphur mud, the high quality medical care and the social life which took place here and which is an inherent part of the spa environment. At present, Piešťany is sought out for its special healing effects after accidents, scoliosis, spinal diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, rheumatoid spondylitis, etc. The mineral water is most frequently applied in the form of baths at a temperature of 35-38oC. Mud procedures are applied in partial and complete wraps. Along with the natural therapeutic resources, there is an entire array of rehabilitation methods and techniques, therapeutic calisthenics, water therapy procedures and therapeutic massages.
2. Bardejovské kúpele
The spa in eastern Slovakia was enjoyed by such important people as Mary Louisa, daughter of Emperor Franz I and later second wife of Napoleon, Russian king Alexander I and Elizabeth, the wife of Emperor Franz Josef I, (nicknamed Sissi). Good climatic conditions, little breeziness, air filled with the resinous scent of dense coniferous forests and 10 hydro-carbonate-chloride, sodium and carbon mineral springs comprise the foundation for the successful treatment of disorders of the digestive tract, metabolism and internal secretory glands, non-tubercular respiratory illnesses and circulatory problems. Water drinking treatments are among the main therapies, which complement the vast range of procedures offered in the balneo-therapy building
The spa, along with the nearby Bojnický Castle, was owned by a succession of monarchs such as Matúš Čák Trenčiansky, Ján Korvín, the Thurzo family and the Palffy family. In the 1930 , the owner of Bojnice was world-famous footwear manufacturer Ján Baťa. Nine springs with hydro-carbonate, calciferous-magnesium water with temperatures between 28-52oC comprise the foundation for treatment of illnesses of the locomotor organs, nervous illnesses and occupational illnesses. Individual treatment plans for each patient can involve 7 different hyperthermal and isothermal pools, water therapy procedures, massages, electrotherapy, rehabilitation, spine manipulation treatment, acupuncture, oxygen therapy and sessions in the salt cave.
According to available information, water with a similar composition to that at Dudince can only be found in Japan and at the famous French spa Vichy. There are many reasons to visit this place, but the main reason is the hydro-carbonate-chloride, sodium-calciferous, sulphur-carbon water with a temperature of 30oC. Because of the high content of gases such as hydrogen sulphide and carbon dioxide, this spa is sought out by clients who suffer from rheumatic problems, cardiovascular illnesses, rheumatoid spondylitis and non-joint forms of rheumatism. Some of the main treatment therapies are pool and tub baths, complemented by individual calisthenics, reflex segment massage, medicine ball exercise and other procedures.
The spa is situated not far from popular ski resorts in the Low Tatras. The only spa to specialise in treatment of female diseases - chronic gynaecolological infections, fertility disorders or menstrual disorders. The crucial factor for comprehensive therapy is the healing, plaster-earthy?, 32oC mineral water containing natural carbonic acid gas. The healing process uses tub baths, peat wraps, steam baths and other water therapy procedures, along with massage, and complemented by rehabilitative calisthenics and physical therapy.
6. Nový Smokovec
The spa is located in the popular mountain resort in the High Tatras. Spa founder Nikolaus Szontágh Sr. (1843 - 1899) was an important pioneer of the climatic healing method and established the first tuberculosis sanatorium in the Carpathians. Climatotherapy and the patients' active excercise in the fresh air are the main therapeutic methods for treating non-tubercular diseases of the air passages, metabolic disorders and mental illnesses.The treatment is comprised of individual inhalation therapy, breathing and relaxation exercises, massages, hydrotherapy, electrotherapy, thermotherapy and oxygen therapy.
The spa is located in an area with exceptionally clean air and mild wind conditions not far from the town Žilina and offers a wide range of wellness programmes. The beneficial effects of the therapeutic springs with 38oC thermal hypotonic water, known since the 14th century, are used to treat inflammatory and degenerative diseases of the locomotor organs, joints, spine, nervous diseases and occupational illnesses.The therapeutic-leisure-hotel complex Aphrodita is located in the central part of the spa and it also forms the dominant feature, with its hint of antiquity. The entire complex is equipped with the most modern diagnostic and therapeutic equipment, making Rajecké Teplice one of the most modern and most frequented spas in Slovakia. The healing therapies are complemented by a wide range of relaxation and beautification procedures.
The spa is situated near the town Banská Bystrica. Visits by important political, economic and cultural guests such as Hungarian revolutionary Lajos Kossuth, Austrian playwright Franz Grillparzer, Czech author Božena Němcová, T. G. Masaryk and Russian President Khrushchev contributed to the increased popularity and fame of the spa. Sliač is a highly professional therapeutic spa, specializing in the treatment of patients with cardiac and vascular diseases, the health problems of modern civilization, and illnesses of the circulatory and digestive systems. The success rate for treatment of the above-mentioned illnesses is due to use of the most bountiful 'spa spring', where the water is sulphur-hydro-carbonate, magnesium-calciferous and with a high content of carbon dioxide (CO2) and an isothermic temperature of 33.3oC. The spa also has the springs Štefánik, Bystrica, Lenkey and Adam, but because they are less bountiful they are used only for ordinary drinking. Other indispensable therapies are carbonic pool and tub baths. Patients also receive a dry carbonic bath, known by the name of BIO VAK. An interesting treatment instrument is the Vákuopress, which is used for treatment of peripheral venous disorders of the upper and lower extremities.
9. Trenčianske Teplice
This spa is located near the town Trenčín. The spa section, with treatment centers in both classic and modern styles, is situated in a beautiful park. The magnificent natural environment and the therapeutic effects of the thermal springs make Trenčianske Teplice one of the oldest and most popular spa centers in Slovakia. The spa treats illnesses of the locomotor organs and spine, psoriasis and nervous diseases. The basis of the comprehensive therapy is the thermal sulphate-hydro-carbonate, calciferous magnesium, sulphuric mineralized water with temperatures between 37 - 40.2oC, mineralized fango and high-quality balneo-grade peat.
10. Turčianske Teplice
The spa is situated in the region Turiec not far from the town Martin. With its unique composition, the therapeutic mineral water containing magnesium, hydro-carbonates, sulphates, calcium and iron is suitable for treatment of diseases of the kidneys and urinary tract, locomotor organs and neurological illnesses. Mineral water also has a high content of fluorine, magnesium and calcium. These trace elements are beneficial against osteoporosis and many types of kidney stones, and for gall bladder and intestinal problems. A broad range of modern treatment methods and physiotherapeutic procedures, along with an excellent climate and clean air, make up the foundation for treatment therapy.
11. Vyšné Ružbachy
The spa is located in the North Slovakia not far rom the High Tatra mountains and border with Polen. The fame and prosperity of these environments were aided by their former? owner, Polish Count Zamoysky, whose wife Izabela de Bourbon was the niece of the King of Spain, who visited the spa prior to World War II. The greatest attractions of this place are the clean air, the peacefulness, the glorious natural surroundings, the exceptional therapeutic springs and also its long history. Hydro-carbonate-sulphate, calciferous-magnesium hydro-carbonic therapeutic springs and comforting climatic conditions allow for treating oncological diseases, circulatory diseases, non-tubercular respiratory diseases, locomotor organ problems, menopausal syndrome and certain occupational illnesses. Therapeutic methods such as music therapy, biofeedback, psychotherapy and hippo-therapy (interacting with horses) are used for treating mental illnesses, fatigue, stress and exhaustion.