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Sophie Benge's Healing Spas

by Rona Berg

 
A spa veteran and author of the sumptuous Tropical Spa (Periplus Editions), Sophie Benge has just come out with a new book, Healing Sources: Spas and Wellbeing (Prestel). It is a beautiful bird’s-eye view of spa and wellness cultures from the Baltic to the Black Sea, where traditions of therapeutic spa treatments run deep. Benge takes us off the beaten path to a salt mine spa in Poland, a medical spa hotel in Estonia, a spa in Lithuania where amber treatments help regulate sleep and balance the central nervous system, and to rural Slovenia, where herbs are gathered for tinctures and teas. This book is a testament to the timeworn truth that what’s old is new again.
 

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