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An impressive new book about therapeutic spas and wellbeing in Eastern Europe

Healing Sources – Spas and Wellbeing from the Baltic to the Black Sea

By Sophie Benge

Research by Alla Sokolova

Photography by Christian Banfield and Helen Abraham

ISBN: 978-3-79135394-4  RRP £40 Hardback 192 pages, 200 colour illustrations

Published by Prestel

Healing Sources is one of the most impressive and interesting books ever written about natural health resources and therapeutic spas. The book is essentially a journey through the rich and varied wellness cultures of twelve Eastern European countries,  stretching from the Baltic to the Black Sea. In this relatively undiscovered part of Europe, Healing Sources finds a culture of wellbeing that is authentic, potent and, importantly, affordable.

Each region’s holistic approaches to wellbeing are revealed – from Estonia’s smoke saunas to Hungary’s mineral water therapies, to the respiratory cures in Poland’s salt mines and many more. The various elements of healing are beautifully described – complemented by stunning photographs of the different regions’ architecture, landscapes, food and natural remedies.

Healing Sources gives the reader a unique insight into the affordable and rich health heritage of Eastern Europe, a heritage that deserves to be far better known than it currently is.


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