Spa Retreats and the Benefits they Offer

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Baños de Panticosa, Huesca (Spain), 21:30 GMT+2.

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Not to be deceived: it’s a night shot. At first glance I only intuited the white of the snow above and the one of the waterfall in the middle, and the post of the left. Half minute of exposure to maximum opening have revealed more details, like the trees and the railings of the bottom, another waterfall at right, and even the vegetation of the bottom of the lake in close-up (and still fishes?).

No engañarse: es una foto nocturna. A simple vista sólo se intuía el blanco de la nieve de arriba y el de la cascada del centro, y el poste de la izquierda. Medio minuto de exposición a máxima abertura han revelado más detalles, como los árboles y las barandillas del fondo, otra cascada a la derecha, y hasta la vegetación del fondo de la laguna en primer plano (¿y peces quietos?).

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Panticosa is a charming village on the river Caldarés, at a height of 1200 metres. With traditional stone large ancestral homes, steep narrow streets and evocative corners. The village is known as summer hideaway for relaxation and healthy living.

Surrounded by majestically beautiful mountains, sprinkled with mountain lakes and lofty heights of over 3000 metres. It is the ideal place to enjoy all types of outdoor sports and allows the visitor to discover some truly unique locations.

The foundations of the church are Romanesque from the 13th century, it has a Gothic-Aragonese altarpiece (oil on panel) from 1480 and a reredos depicting saints in polychrome alabaster.

There is also a ski-resort, whose pistes are accessible from a large open area next to the river, where the cable car leaves from. In the summer it is also possible to undertake some amazing excursions using the same cable car which can take us to mountain lakes Asnos, Sabocos and the natural vantage point at Cuartale heights. Within, what is known as the municipal area of Panticosa, one can find the well known Panticosa Spa at a height of 1636 metres and El Pueyo de Jaca, a village on the banks of the Búbal reservoir, where the rivers Gállego and Caldarés meet.

The Panticosa Spa is a privileged and unique enclave, nestling at a height of 1630 metres in the interior of a depression of glacial origin. The sides are formed from granite with peaks of over 3000 metres, such as Argualas 3046 metres, Garmo Negro 3051 metres and Infierno 3082 metres. From the peaks rain water collects initially in mountain lakes such as (Azules, Perico or Bachimaña) and later flows down to lake Iso Baños located within the Spa.

The discovery of Roman coins from the reign of emperors Augustus and Tiberius in the vicinity of the Tiberius spring, demonstrates the presence of a Roman settlement and their use of thermal water in the area.

In 1286 King Pedro of Aragon gave the royal charter to the place known as ‘Quiñon de Panticosa’ (District of Panticosa), on Mount Plan de Ibón, where later the Spa was to be built. The written history of the Spa begins at the beginning of the 17th century and coincides with the rise of the traditional spa and the upsurge in interest in thermalism amongst the European elites. In 1694 the first building of the area was built.

It is in the 19th century when the spa acquires its present layout. A garden is designed and trees are planted in the grounds. Its distinctive buildings and springs are built. In the first half of the 20th century the spa becomes a very popular thermal resort for a large part of the Spanish bourgeoisie. Many illustrious guests at the resort have included Alfonso XIII, Niceto Alcalá Zamora, Ortega y Gasset, Ramón y Cajal, Primo de Rivera, Perico Chicote, Zarrra, Iriondo, Paniza…

In 1966 the Spa was designated a place of National Tourist Interest.

More info: www.comarcaaltogallego.es/fichapueblo.asp?idPueblo=23&amp…

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Panticosa (Pandicosa en aragonés) es una localidad de la provincia de Huesca, situada en la comarca del Alto Gállego en España. Panticosa es un pueblo de montaña de unos 600 habitantes (632 en 2006) en el que se encuentra la estación de esquí alpino Panticosa los Lagos, actualmente del grupo Aramón. Está situado en el valle de Tena a pocos kilómetros de Formigal y de Sallent de Gállego. Su economía, antaño basada en la ganadería, hoy en día está basada en el turismo ya que dispone de numerosos hoteles y restaurantes que se llenan al completo en invierno y en verano.

Se cita por primera vez en el siglo XIII, constaba de 4 vicos, el de Santa María, San Salvador, Sus y Exena ya desaparecido. Entre 1900 y 1950, llegó a contar con casi 900 habitantes, los edificios del pueblo datan en su mayoría del siglo XIX (epoca de máximo esplendor del Balneario), se pueden destacar la Iglesia Parroquial de la Asunción del siglo XVI de estilo gótico tardío y el puente de Caldarés construido en 1556 por Beltrán de Betbedé.

Panticosa puede jactarse de guardar una de las variedades de la lengua aragonesa (fabla) más conservadas, el pandicuto. Junto al patués, al ansotano, al cheso, al chistabín, esta lengua es una de las que mayor peso ha tenido para conformar el aragonés como lengua unificada debido a ser unión del aragonés oriental con el occidental. A su vez es el que mejor se ha conservado en el valle de Tena, (uno de los valles más masificados).

El balneario de Panticosa es un enclave privilegiado y único. Situado a 1.630 metros de altitud en el interior de la cubeta glacial del río Caldarés, cuyas paredes graníticas están formadas por picos de más de 3.000 metros de altura como Argualas-3.046-Garmo Negro-3.051-Infierno -3.082- y desde cuyas alturas comienzan a discurrir las aguas, recogidas inicialmente en ibones (Azules,Perico o Bachimaña) y que posteriormente bajarán hasta el Ibón de lso Baños situado en el mismo Balneario.

El hallazgo de unas monedas romanas de Augusto y Tiberio en las inmediaciones del manantial de Tiberio evidencia la presencia romana en este enclave y el uso consciente de las aguas termales desde esa época.

En 1286 el rey Pedro de Aragón hace la concesión real al llamado Quiñón de Panticosa, del monte Plan de Ibón donde se ubicaría posteriormente el Balneario de Panticosa.
La historia escrita del Balneario comienza en los primeros años del siglo XVII y coincide con la recuperación de la tradición balnearia y el auge del termalismo entre las élites europeas. En 1694 se construye el primer edificio en este paraje.

Es en el siglo XIX cuando el Balneario se configura como el lugar que hasta hoy hemos conocido. Se ajardina y foresta el recinto, se construyen sus emblemáticos edificios y sus fuentes.

En la primera mitad del siglo XX, el Balneario es el centro termal por excelencia para amplios sectores de la burguesía española. En el complejo se alojaron personales ilustres como Alfonso XIII, Niceto Alcalá Zamora,Ortega y Gasset,Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Primo de Rivera, Perico Chicote, Zarrra, Iriondo,Paniza…

En 1966 fue declarado de Interés Turístico Nacional.

Más info: es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panticosa, www.comarcaaltogallego.es/fichapueblo.asp?idPueblo=23&amp…

The number of people battling with weight issues has risen doubling the number of those interested in losing weight. Weight loss is not something that happens overnight and yet, there are tons of ‘quick weight loss’ programs in the market. Such quick fixes might sound inviting and worth trying out, but they can be dangerous. The best thing is to follow healthy routines and regimes in order to lose weight. One way through which you can achieve healthy weight loss is by going to spa retreats.

These retreats are perfect for the simple reason they give you the chance to spend time with highly qualified professionals and they can help you achieve your weight loss goals without much trouble. These professionals develop specialized programs for the purpose of ensuring you enjoy sustainable and healthy weight loss. A large number of the spas available now offer spa retreats for weight loss. This is in response to the increasing demand of the same. There are a couple of things included in the spa retreat package and this might include, accommodation which is offered through hotels associated with the selected, tailor made fitness regime, the go ahead to use all facilities in the spa such as the gym, Jacuzzi, sauna and pool.

In addition to this, during your stay in the spa, you also get to enjoy different types of spa treatments that are weight loss focused and the best nutritional meals that take you a step closer to achieving your weight loss goals. Upon arrival at the retreat, a physical assessment needs to be carried out in order to ensure you get the most from your stay there. A professional health consultant will be assigned to attend to you. They will analyze you by prodding, poking and making you stand on a weighing scale. They will use the information they get to calculate your mass body index, fat and distribution of the same in your body. In addition to this, they will also determine the resting metabolic rate.

A dietitian will also be assigned to attend to your needs and they often take the opportunity to discuss what your goals are. They help ensure you set some realistic goals as well. From there, they will be responsible for reviewing the type of food you eat, when and whether it is ideal for you. You will be required to tell the dietitian about your eating habits so they can draw up a plan that is perfect for your weight loss goals. It is extremely important that you be extremely honest when disclosing this information if you intend to benefit from the same.

Spa retreats also have a doctor who is responsible for checking your health condition and ensuring that the treatment offered at the spa does not affect your health. As part of the retreat, you will also get to work with a personal trainer. For those with low fitness levels, the professionals focus on balance and flexibility. In addition to this, you will be required to join fitness classes. There will be other services offered which are geared towards helping you with weight loss and ensuring you enjoy overall good health.

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