It is claimed that the word “spa” comes from the Latin expression “salus per aquam”, which makes water the most important part of a wellness circuit. The water area in a wellness centre is not only essential, but is also its core feature as it is used by the majority of people and it is where they spend most of their time during a circuit.
The water area is important because it brings in the most returns. It provides yet another “sales pitch” for establishments that have one and also delivers on added value in terms of health because of the contrast in temperatures, the functional value of treatments and because it allows users to relax for a few minutes.
There are also other factors that should be highlighted in favour of a water area. As opposed to booths or massage areas, the hot tubs and pools found in a wellness centre are usually in more open spaces, whether indoors or outdoors, which makes them extremely attractive from an architectural point of view. Furthermore, choosing to have a water area enables a wide range of activities to be run and is more fun for users thanks to the water features that can be added to it.
As returns are a key part of every business, it should be remembered that the greater the user capacity per square metre in a wellness space, the more profitable it is.
In respect of capacity, it should be underlined that the distribution of users in a pool and other water features is more homogeneous than in other wellness areas as the whole surface area can be used, whilst in other areas of a facility use is restricted by the number of massage tables and loungers available. The arrangement of spaces should therefore be calculated in line with the requirements of each facility and a suitable choice of the products that will form part of the water area made.
The profitability of a wellness facility will also be closely related to the potential for attracting users and securing their loyalty. Whether they are members (in the case of a sports club) or people who repeat the experience (in the case of a hotel, health resort or urban wellness centre, for example), having this type of facility is a good way of bringing in more business.
Finally, it is worth highlighting the value of versatility, which translates as interventions such as adapting the water area for children.
Water has health benefits that no other element can provide: from water aerobics to muscle relaxation exercises in the water, in addition to water treatments from jets and bubbles, for example. Likewise, another major factor is that the water area in a wellness centre should be suitable for all ages, whilst this is not a requirement of other areas, such as saunas or Turkish baths, which are not recommended for children, old people, pregnant women, people with heart problems, or high or low blood pressure.
As regards health benefits, water has always been one of the main ways of relaxing, whether used for leisure or physiotherapy. For instance, it is extremely beneficial in the case of blood circulation problems, stress, diabetes, arthritis, pain relief and recovery after physical exercise.
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