Hellenic Association of Municipalities with Thermal Springs

Introduction

The Hellenic Association of Municipalities with Thermal Springs was founded in 1983 in order to protect and develop the thermal and mineral resources of our country. Today it comprises  55 members -municipalities of the first level local administrations which are located all over Greece, and has its headquarters in Thessaloniki. 
 
Due to its geographical location and because of its geological structure, Greece is very rich in thermal natural resources (mineral water, mud, vapor). 2500 years ago, Greece gave birth to the art of hydrotherapy which flourished  in the Aegean  and later it spread all over Europe. From ancient times, the curative natural resources of our country offered to the mankind “the divine gifts of health, well-being and vigor.” Hippocrates, the father of medical science from the island of Kos, was the first to write about healing  diseases using water. He used water extensively, both internally and externally in treating illnesses of all kinds. 
 
Many thermal springs in Greece are located in, or next to archeological monuments of ancient Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires.
 
The Association considers all kinds of hydrotherapy facilities in a thermalistic environment as units of the primary help of human health. These units which affect the cultural environment of their region are the key to the economic development of the local communities and are related to Greek local history and tradition.
Our hydrotherapy centers offer all forms of hydrotherapy. Balneotherapy, mineral water drinking therapy, inhalation therapy, hydrokinesis therapy, and of course Clay therapy, climatotherapy and thallaso-therapy.  The high quality of Greek curative waters, very rich in chemical elements are indicated for various diseases such as rheumatic, arthritic, skin ailments, gynecological ailments, kidney problems.
 
For thirty-two years the Hellenic Association of Municipalities with Thermal Springs  has been aiming to bring health tourism into prominence and promote thermalism and its applications.
 

Facts and figures

In Greece there are 82 enterprises which offer hydrotherapy facilities. 38 of them are owned by municipalities, 37 are private-owned and 7 are state-owned. In these enterprises in 2014, 900.000 tickets were sold, a very small number compared to the 2.500.000 tickets sold in the years before the economic crisis that stroke our country in 2010.

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