Brew & Renew: What Makes Europe’s Age-Old Tradition, Beer Spas The Latest Wellness Trend?

The soothing properties of beer are intertwined with the art of self-care.

by Tejashee Kashyap
Brew & Renew: What Makes Europe’s Age-Old Tradition, Beer Spas The Latest Wellness Trend?

In a world where relaxation and rejuvenation are highly sought after, innovative wellness concepts continue to emerge. Among these novel retreats lies the intriguing concept of beer spas. Now, the soothing properties of beer are intertwined with the art of self-care.

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The concept, while initially surprising to some, draws upon centuries-old traditions rooted in European cultures, where beer has long been revered for its purported health benefits. Soak in a vat of beer that is full of natural ingredients like yeast, hops, and malt that are essential to the manufacture of beer. These components are widely known for their ability to help skin as well as general wellness and health.

Beer spas are said to have existed for 2,000 years; Prague hosted the first instance of this more contemporary kind of relaxation in 1981. From the Rocky Mountains to Iceland, spas are tapping into what they view as a burgeoning market: beer aficionados bathing to rejuvenate skin and muscles. This trend appears to be continuing. The idea is quite simple: customers can take private spa baths for one or two individuals, where they can soak in hops, malt, and yeast instead of the beer itself, as the name might suggest. They soak up the hot water while sitting in a massive teabag-like container.

Today, there are many beer spas in Europe, particularly in Prague. These beer spas are mostly party-oriented, with friends gathering for a good time. While the thought of bathing in beer may initially evoke curiosity, proponents of beer spas tout its numerous wellness benefits.

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Are There Wellness Benefits?

 

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Beyond its physical benefits, the beer spa experience transcends into a holistic journey for the mind and spirit. Rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, beer is believed to possess skin-revitalising properties. It’s believed to promote hydration and leave the skin feeling soft and supple. The warmth of the beer bath also helps to relax muscles.

While cleaning hair and skin, the low pH is supposed to tighten and soften hair follicles. Additionally, brewer’s yeast is said to offer protein, potassium, iron, zinc, and magnesium in addition to vitamin B. The oils and minerals in the hops are said to have an anti-inflammatory impact on joints and muscles, while the hops themselves are high in antioxidants and alpha acids. However,  there are no scientific studies to support this wellness trend.

So, why not savour the opportunity to brew and renew in the tranquil embrace of a beer spa?

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