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Stress, fatigue, deteriorating form and vitality, not looking after your ﬁgure, appearance and skin properly – these are the most frequent afﬂictions of our times. One excellent and effective cure for these problems is a visit to Poland’s SPA centres specializing in restoring health, beauty, and a positive mental outlook. Found in more than 40 towns across the country, these are centres with a rich tradition, specializing in health treatments since the 13th century. Recently these centres have successfully expanded their classic proposals to include regeneration, beauty and relaxation treatments, including those from the SPA range (Sanus Per Aquam – “health through water”). There is a total of 45,000 sanatorium beds available at 43 health resorts, and almost 80,000 more at holiday centres, hotels, guesthouses, and tourist centres – together with the sanatoria and SPA centres, these form complete systems for health, relaxation, and beauty treatments. Supplementing these systems are numerous beauty farms working together with the SPA centres, which use the latest scientiﬁc developments to provide professional, comprehensive programmes counteracting the harmful effects that modern civilization has on us all. The unquestioned resources of Poland’s SPA centres, and the accompanying health and beauty treatment centres, include: • • • • • • • • combining therapy with cosmetic and relaxation treatments, a rich variety of medical treatments using state-of-the-art methods as well as the latest in dietetics, cosmetology, and beauty care, an excellently qualified and specialist staff of doctors, cosmetologists and physiotherapists as well as skilled auxiliary personnel, unpolluted natural therapeutic resources, such as mud, peat, mineral and thermal water, salt deposits, brine springs, modern equipment and rehabilitation facilities for exercising: courts, swimming pools, bicycle routes, treatment duration adjusted to individual needs, care for the individual requirements of every guest, a rich variety of cultural events and tourist excursions, fresh air and water, gentle and soothing microclimates.
With our invitation to Poland’s SPA centres and health and beauty treatment centres, we would like to provide you with some information on the natural means and methods of treatment that will allow you to regain your health and joie de vivre, free you from stress and fatigue, and recover the fullness of your wellbeing. Polish Tourist Organisation
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Polish Geysers, Sea , and Oxygen 4-5 ________________________________________________________ SPA - The Beneﬁts of Water 6-7 ________________________________________________________ Renowned SPA centres 8-9 ________________________________________________________ Therapeutic Mud - A Treatment from the Forest 10-11 ________________________________________________________ Cultivating Health and Good Looks 12-13 _______________________________________________________ Business People Need to Rest 14-15 ________________________________________________________
Total Detox 16-17 ________________________________________________________ Salt Caves 18-19 ________________________________________________________
Czerniawa Zdrój Świeradów Zdrój Cieplice Śląskie Zdrój
Water and Oxygen Bars 21 ________________________________________________________
Kudowa Zdrój Duszniki Zdrój Polanica Zdrój
Lądek Zdrój Busko Zdrój Solec Zdrój
Graduation Towers - Gigantic Inhalatoria 22-23 ________________________________________________________
Goczałkowice Zdrój Ustroń
Health and beauty tourism 22 _______________________________________________________ Disorders Treated at the Health Resorts 24-25 _______________________________________________________ Tourist Attractions in the Environs 26 ________________________________________________________
Wysowa Piwniczna Krynica Zdrój Żegiestów Zdrój Muszyna
Iwonicz Zdrój Rymanów Zdrój
Treatments Provided at Polish Health Resorts 27-31 ________________________________________________________ Practical information 32 ________________________________________________________
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Water and air – these are two elements essential to life, with boundless possibilities for exerting a positive impact on our health.
Balneotherapy with peloidotherapy and climate therapy are the main therapeutic methods used at health resorts to treat patients. The various methods use peloids, seawater and gases, for instance during baths in carbonic acid, carbonic acid gas in carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulphide, and even baths in an oxygen-ozone mixture: • peloidotherapy – this treatment, prescribed by doctors, involves highly mineralised, purified therapeutic mud or peat dissolved in water. It is used to treat rheumatism, inﬂammations, neuralgia, and is useful in combating obesity, cellulite and stretch marks, • climate therapy involves fresh air and exercise, sunbaths, brine or seawater aerosol inhalations, and talassotherapy, which takes advantage of the natural therapeutic properties of the sea. Renowned resorts specializing in balneotherapy: • • • • • • • Ciechocinek, where female diseases, circulatory, respiratory and peripheral nervous system ailments as well as rheumatic diseases have been treated for 170 years, thanks to the rich springs of thermal brine, Cieplice Śląskie-Zdrój in the Sudety Mountains, where rheumatic diseases and mobility disorders, urinary and circulatory system diseases are treated, Lądek-Zdrój, a very famous resort in the Kłodzko Valley, where thermal springs of weakly mineralised water are used to treat mobility disorders, rheumatic, skin and peripheral circulation problems, Nałęczów, which has a special microclimate enabling it to offer prevention and treatment of heart diseases, Busko-Zdrój, with unique therapeutic waters and a thermal-humid climate, where skin diseases and mobility disorders are treated as well as neurological diseases, osteoporosis, and brucellosis, Kołobrzeg, where seawater aerosol containing salt and iodine facilitates treatment of respiratory diseases, w Rabce Zdroju prowadzi się specjalistyczną rehabilitację kardiologiczną, na bazie rabczańskiej solanki produkuje się kosmetyki dla skóry wymagającej pielęgnacji najwyższej jakości (problemy z alergią, atopowe zapalenie skóry).
In Poland, there is an abundance of mineral waters, including thermal waters whose role in restoring people’s health cannot be overestimated. There are rich springs of acidic waters, sulphide waters, brine, mineral waters, radioactive waters, and thermal waters whose temperature reaches 70˚C. Thanks to this profusion of water springs, Poland’s health resorts, regeneration centres, and health and beauty clinics widely use hydrotherapy treatments. The types of hydrotherapy guaranteeing excellent results include: • • • • algae therapy – treatment with specially prepared marine algae rich in mineral ingredients, trace elements with strong moisturizing, toning and anti-cellulite properties, aqua-aerobics – exercises in a pool, at various depths, to music this aids body suppleness, strengthens the muscles of the back, legs and buttocks, and reduces fatty tissue, aqua-gym – a quiet, relaxing version of aqua-aerobics, Jacuzzi – a hydromassage tub for several people, relaxing tense muscles and providing anti-cellulite action. Special nozzles push a mixture of air and water under pressure into the tub: the resultant stream massages the body, enhancing blood and lymph circulation, cleansing the skin of toxins, making the muscles stronger and more springy, • power shower – dousing the body with a powerful stream of hot and cold water alternately this treatment gives a bit of a shock, but is great for toughening the body, removing symptoms of fatigue, improving circulation, toning the muscles, and speeding up metabolism, • • brine baths in brine highly saturated with iodine – speeding up metabolism and assisting weight loss the brine also contains bromine which has relaxing and calming properties, pearl baths – in spring or thermal water, in an individual tub fitted with air nozzles, where bubbles gently massage the body like champagne and send pleasant signals to nerve endings, eliminating fatigue and stress.
Polish Geysers, Sea, and Oxygen
Thanks to its special properties, seawater is widely used in cosmetology. It tightens the skin, assists in weight loss and Ciechocinek www.ciechocinek.pl, www.puc.sky.pl Nałęczów www.uzdrowisko-naleczow.com.pl Kołobrzeg www.uzdrowisko.kolobrzeg.pl Lądek-Zdrój www.uzdrowisko-ladek.com.pl Cieplice Śląskie-Zdrój www.uzdrowisko-cieplice.pl Busko-Zdrój www.uzdrowisko-busko-zdroj.com.pl Rabka-Zdrój www.uzdrowisko-rabka.pl Ustka www.uzdrowisko-ustka.com.pl Jastarnia www.zdrojowy.com.pl
helps combat cellulite, cleanses the skin, strengthens small blood vessels, regulates the acid-base equilibrium, makes the body resistant to infection, eliminates swelling, and protects the skin against free radicals which cause ageing. The Baltic is a relatively low-salt sea, and thus the holiday and therapy centres located along the 500-kilometre Polish coast offer balanced, non-aggressive treatments: • Ustka offers a complete range of treatments, including brine baths, hydrotherapy, inhalations, therapeutic massages, parafﬁn compresses, magnetotherapy, cryotherapy, kinesitherapy, and talassotherapy, many centres on the Baltic coast (including Kołobrzeg, Mielno, Krynica Morska) have special talassotherapy programmes where the main medicines for treating numerous ailments are seawater, sand, air, and sun.
Nałęczów Cieplice Śląskie-Zdrój Lądek-Zdrój
Busko-Zdrój Busko-Zdrój Rabka-Zdrój
SPA – The Beneﬁts of Water
The medicinal and relaxing properties of water have been known since antiquity.
In Europe, treatments by means of various kinds of baths were abandoned or neglected until recently, but are now witnessing a veritable renaissance. In Poland, too, SPA treatments are offered by a growing number of new centres as well as traditional places known from historical peregrinations “to take the waters”. Water treatments speed up metabolism, help in rehabilitation of the limbs, and the mineral salts contained in the waters are excellent for treating many skin ailments. Alternating baths make the ody more resistant to infection, help regain one’s vigour, and are relaxing for body and mind. From among over a hundred various hydrotherapy treatments, the most popular are brine and mud baths, hydromassages and underwater massages, and wrapping in mud-water compresses. Paramedical treatments that serve relaxation include wading in water, snow and dew, sweating off in a sauna, and of course drinking various special mineral waters. Hydrotherapy uses practically every kind of water: rainwater, spring water, seawater, thermal water – both pressurized and “calm”. Many special waters are also prepared with added salts, oils, mud, and herbal mixtures. Mineral ingredients from other parts of the world, the Dead Sea for instance, are also used. Clients can even try a bath in goat’s milk with herbs and essential oils. The benefits of water can be enjoyed not only at health resorts and sanatoria, but also at good hotels and beauty farms. In Poland, most SPA centres have been set up close to traditional therapeutic water springs – in Krynica-Zdrój, Ciechocinek, Lądek-Zdrój, Solec-Zdrój, though there are also SPA centres in coastal towns, in Mazuria, and in Zakopane. All of them are fitted with specialist equipment and rooms for taking all kinds of baths
the staff include doctors, cosmetologists, dieticians, physiotherapists. These “SPA Temples” are closed to children, everybody speaks in a low voice, and mobile phones are not allowed. Treatments are carried out to the accompaniment of soothing music, candlelight, and fragrant aromas. The offer of Poland’s SPA centres is extremely interesting, and their unique advantages include unpolluted mineral resources, a great variety of brines and mineral waters, an abundance of therapeutic mud and peat, and local eco-friendly plantations and farms supplying herbs and other plants as well as milk. Some centres specialize in revitalizing facial skin, others in correcting the ﬁgure, including elimination and prevention of cellulite. Many have cryogenic chambers, others offer light therapy treatments. Polish SPA centres are flexible and adjust to the time clients have at their disposal, preparing weekend programmes as well as longer, one or two-week stays.
From among the large number of SPA centres operating successfully in Poland, at least several are leaders deserving a separate mention.
cellulite and obesity, improves circulation, and smoothes the skin. The same hotel also offers a complete package of water treatments. In the very heart of Gorce Mountains lies Rabka-Zdrój, where the state-of-the-art regeneration centre “Rabczański-Zdrój Medical SPA” was established. Besides a salt sauna, Roman baths, and Jacuzzi hydro massage, the facility provides very interesting beauty treatments in a SPA capsule (beer, chocolate, goat’s-milk baths) and relaxing and therapeutic massage (herbal stamps, hot stones).
Undoubtedly among this group of private luxury centres is the Belvedere Hotel in Zakopane and the SPA Eris Hotel in Krynica -Zdrój and Wzgórza Dylewkie. They offer many beauty and relaxation treatments supervised by doctors, physiotherapists and cosmetologists: aqua-aerobics, pearl baths, hydromassage, 10-day weight loss programmes, and also a wide range of services and treatments in medical/beauty salons, excellently equipped gyms, swimming pools, and saunas. The programmes are individually tailored to clients’ needs – and some can be very original indeed. An active holiday on the waters of Lake Czos in Mrągowo can easily be combined with specialist treatments. The Mrongovia Resort & Spa Hotel offers ideal conditions for many kinds of treatment – all recommended by worldrenowned cosmetic companies. This is comprehensive care: for example, before the core nail care treatment, a customer will receive a hot-stone massage of the hands to improve circulation and loosen tense wrist and arm muscles. In the excellently equipped gyms, physiotherapists offer individual exercises supervised by a personal trainer, followed by bathing in a pool of thermal water. Specialist beauty treatments are combined with leisure activities – horseback riding and tennis.
Renowned SPA centres
The mountain climate and ecological resources of the Beskidy range are an excellent complement to the cleansing treatments offered at the Klimczok Hotel, in the Roman SPA – a copy of Roman thermae. It boasts Poland’s only Vacustyler, a device that until recently was used only by astronauts. During the treatment, the apparatus pumps oxygen into body tissue, and the pressure pushes out any toxins. Apart from detoxiﬁcation, this treatment helps combat
Ciechocinek www.ciechocinek.pl, www.puc.sky.pl Mrągowo www.mrongovia.hotel.pl Kołobrzeg www.uzdrowisko.kolobrzeg.pl Lądek-Zdrój www.uzdrowisko-ladek.com.pl Cieplice Śląskie-Zdrój www.uzdrowisko-cieplice.pl Busko-Zdrój www.uzdrowisko-busko-zdroj.com.pl Rabka-Zdrój www.uzdrowisko-rabka.pl Solec-Zdrój www.uzdrowiskosolec.pl Krynica-Zdrój www.ukz-zdrowisko.krynica.com.pl
Ustka Kołobrzeg Mrągowo Ciechocinek Warszawa
Cieplice Śląskie-Zdrój Lądek-Zdrój Szczyrk
Solec-Zdrój Busko-Zdrój Rabka-Zdrój Krynica-Zdrój
Therapeutic mud is a term which refers to different kinds of peat containing mineral and organic components, including vestiges of moss, sedge, cranberry, heather, and bilberry.
Therapeutic Mud – A Treatment from the Forest
Thousands of generations of plant life from the peat bogs, decomposing under water without air, have retained their important natural properties. Polish therapeutic mud comes from deposits of the highest purity, and Polish health resorts have taken advantage of their medicinal properties for 150 years. Mud poultices and baths have thermalstimulating properties, removing or minimizing the effects of rheumatic, female, neurological, ear, nose and throat, and vascular diseases. Quite recently, therapeutic mud from Polish health resorts has become a cosmetic hit, as laboratories have developed special technologies for using it in beauty treatment cosmetics. Now, therapeutic mud can be used for detoxification, slimming and rejuvenating treatments and because it contains plant hormones, it is also effective in combating wrinkles. This is why therapeutic mud from Polish forests is competing successfully with algae and mud from the Dead Sea. Polish therapeutic mud contains all the elements the skin needs to function properly – such a unique and complete set of ingredients cannot be found in even the most expensive creams.
Polish health resorts, health and beauty centres, and SPA facilities use therapeutic mud widely. Besides medical treatment (peloidotherapy) they also propose regeneration stays during which guests can effectively lose weight and remove the toxins accumulated in their skin. One treatment ensuring overall beneﬁts are mud poultices, which are applied at temperatures of 38-45°C to improve circulation and release toxins. An additional benefit of hot cosmetic poultices is the saturation of the cleansed skin with macro - and microelements contained in the mud, including plant hormones which act similarly to female estrogens, the deﬁciency of which causes ageing. Apart from mud treatments, many centres offer their own therapeutic mud preparations, and have doctors on hand to advise guests on how to use these at home. Centres specializing in therapeutic mud poultices, and for cosmetic purposes, are found in KrynicaZdrój, Horyniec-Zdrój, Duszniki-Zdrój, Piwniczna-Zdrój, Ciechocinek, Połczyn--Zdrój and Kołobrzeg.
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Kołobrzeg Połczyn-Zdrój Ciechocinek Warszawa
Duszniki-Zdrój Horyniec-Zdrój Piwniczna-Zdrój Krynica-Zdrój
hotel is superbly equipped after a day spent yachting, or hiking in the Mazurian forests, even if you’re not staying at the Amax you can come in to use the steam sauna, swimming pool, pearl bath, and hydromassage in a special tub. For those who enjoy relaxing on the Baltic Sea, Poland’s seaside towns have a huge variety of services restoring beauty and physical form as well as providing mental relaxation. At the Aga guesthouse in Gąski near Sarbinowo, in quiet surroundings and in the excellent care of expert staff, guests can lose weight quickly and pleasantly thanks to brine and mud baths, electro-stimulation, special exercises, and horseback riding. After a run/walk along the beach, excellent for soothing the nerves and inhaling the fresh air oxygen, the centre has not one but two foot massages per day. In Augustów, surrounded by primeval forests in the proximity of fresh water lakes, the health and beauty centre at the
Cultivating Health and Good Looks
It is always worthwhile devoting a few days to restoring yourself to good form and good looks.
This is why the most renowned Polish health resorts have expanded their offers to include regeneration programmes and beauty and relaxation treatments provided by beauty farms. This greatly increases the attractiveness of services at the resorts, ensuring a luxurious, holistic stay with high-standard care. Beauty farms, whose numbers have doubled over the past few years, proving they are much appreciated, propose a diverse range of programmes. Depending on your needs, you will be able to choose the treatments and standard as well as duration most convenient for you. Guests can come for a weekend, a few days, a one - or two-week holiday, while some only drop in for a few hours, which is especially easy when a resort is close to a large city. Guests can choose from a series of beauty treatments (sometimes even minor plastic surgery), recreation, low calorie diets, often “mandatory” discos, classes on health, nutrition, cosmetics and natural medicine. Available facilities include solaria, saunas, gyms, swimming pools, tennis courts, and hippodromes. The centres employ a large number of specialists: doctors, massage therapists, instructors, dieticians, beauticians and hairdressers, who will choose the best forms of treatment and recreation for each guest. In today’s world, the people with the greatest chances of professional and personal success are those who have a shapely ﬁgure, are dynamic, and look healthy. These people inspire conﬁdence in their business partners – it’s no wonder that the most popular beauty farms are those offering weight-loss programmes, forming shapely and well-proportioned bodies, improving people’s appearance. There are many methods of achieving this goal: there is proper diet (always individually adapted), and also skin care, including erasing wrinkles using botox or hyaluronic acid, deep cleansing by means of specialist peeling, removal of blemishes with microdermabrasion, laser treatment, and particularly laser photo-rejuvenation. In Nałęczów – a widely known health resort – the Feniks health and beauty centre proposes rejuvenating, weight-loss, and anti-cellulite treatments as well as prevention of hair loss. Feniks also has a package of cosmetic treatments for men, who increasingly appreciate the necessity of actively taking care of one’s appearance. At the cosy Amax Hotel in Mikołajki, in the land of a thousand lakes – Mazuria, guests can come for a weekend of numerous beauty treatments, and detoxify their bodies and minds during aroma - and music -therapy sessions. The
Delﬁn Hotel offers a “beauty capsule” where guests can lose weight quickly. The hotel also has interesting relaxation and rejuvenation programmes. Some beauty farm programmes also feature health treatments, to mention just the Health and Beauty Clinic at the Bryza Hotel in Jurata, which specializes in atherosclerosis prevention treatments. At Warsaw’s Victoria Hotel, Kanebo of Japan have opened a health and beauty studio. Its attractions include the 1500-yearold traditional am-ma massage, where “am” means to press and “ma” means to rub, and those are exactly the actions performed by the beautician. The treatment consists of a dry body massage, and then a face and neck massage. This treatment stimulates the energy points in the shoulders, feet, hands and ears, speeding up lymph circulation and cleansing the body. The treatment provides a huge energy boost fatigue disappears and facial features are made smoother. The microclimate of Milanówek encouraged investors from Warsaw to choose it as the location for one of the most modern health and beauty centres. The Metropolitan offers unique peeling treatments and fresh-fruit compresses – grapefruit, orange, kiwifruit. Apart from a package of relaxation, beauty and cleansing treatments, another great attraction is the holistic pedicure. The client’s chair vibrates massaging the back, and the feet, which are immersed in fizzy water, are subjected to reflexotherapy in addition to the routine pedicure.
advantage of the full recreation offering, it’s possible to alleviate the effects of stress and fatigue by having a rest in the SPA Park next to the brine graduation towers. This has a calming and relaxing effect as well as improving the respiratory tract’s functions. The SPA Villa Park centre in Wesoła also offers relaxation to those who ﬁnd their stay in Warsaw tiring. This hotel and recreation complex, just 18 kilometres from Warsaw’s centre, has a swimming pool with computer-controlled water flow, showers, waterfall and counter-currents. Guests can also enjoy a hydromassage and use the complex’s rooms for yoga, aerobics, and squash. Farma Zdrowia i Urody (Health and Beauty Farm), located even closer to Warsaw, in Józefów, offers a wide range of health and beauty treatments. You can drop in for a few hours, or spend a wonderful weekend after a hard week’s work. Krakow also has a specialist and diverse range of health and beauty treatments for those who feel tired and want to relax. Located in the city centre, in the historical Mateczny Park, the Day Spa Relax Care Health and Beauty Centre has treatments using sulphur-brine water whose pressure causes it to flow from a spring 30 metres under ground. The minerals it contains make this one of the most valued mineral waters in Poland. The hardships of negotiations and the stress linked to working and staying in large cities can be alleviated by devoting free time to relaxing at health and beauty treatment centres available there, or at nearby suburban SPA centres. Many Polish cities are surrounded by areas that have a unique microclimate, where natural mineral resources are used by local health and beauty centres. A tired business person staying in Warsaw needs to travel just 20 kilometres to find themselves in KonstancinJeziorna, a health resort situated in the forest, famous for its medicinal microclimate. This resort, once an exclusive holiday destination, features many architecturally interesting villas (and a beautiful palace) set in an old pine forest. Apart from core medical treatment, the sanatoria and hospitals offer many health and beauty treatments as well. Konstancin’s natural mineral resources include bromide and ferrous brine. Even if there’s not enough time for a longer stay to take Rich in magnesium and calcium, it also contains selenium, an element that is seldom found in waters and has anti-cancer properties as well as the possibility of eliminating free radicals. Apart from locations on the outskirts of large cities, there are an increasing amount of Polish hotels and guesthouses offering comfortably furnished beauty salons, gyms and workout rooms, aqua-parks, tennis courts and swimming pools, where business people can go in their free time to regain their vigour, release stress, and improve their appearance.
Business trips to Poland don’t need to be only hard work and stress.
Business People Need to Rest
Jurata Gąski Mikołajki Augustów
Nałęczów www.uzdrowisko-naleczow.com.pl Augustów www.um.augustow.pl Gąski www.osrodek-aga.pl Milanówek www.metropolitanstudio.pl Mikołajki http://hotel-amax.pl Wesoła www.villaparkwesola.pl Jurata www.bryza.pl
Warszawa Wesoła Milanówek Józefów k/Warszawy Nałęczów Nałęczów Kraków
Many Polish health spas specialize in various methods for cleansing the body of toxins.
These programmes are based on diets supplemented by regeneration treatments and exercise regimes. The principal goal of this means of restoring beauty and holistic wellness is to eliminate undesirable substances accumulated in the body. The greatest enemies of our health include calcium salts, cholesterol, and inactive ballast proteins we accumulate them through an unhealthy lifestyle, poor nutrition, and the use of harmful substances. Special diets can cleanse the body of toxins and dissolve the deposits that hamper the ﬂow of blood and lymph and disturb cell function by eliminating tired cells these diets restore optimal body function. Another substantial beneﬁt of a detoxiﬁcation holiday is that you lose excess kilograms and feel truly great. Diets are planned to suit each individual client, depending on the needs and characteristics of their body. The centres offering them usually have two types of diet: liquid – based on freshly pressed fruit and vegetable juices, and low-calorie (from 500 to 1,000 kcal daily) – also based on fruit and vegetables as an excellent source of antioxidants – substances that sweep the toxins from our bodies. Though the diets are based on fruit and vegetables, the menus are very diverse, supplemented with herbs and mineral waters, and all the products used in such regimes come from organic farms. Some centres even serve food exclusively from their own plantations, where no genetically modiﬁed produce is grown. The regeneration treatments accompanying these programmes are also based on plant and mineral components. The standard facilities of such centres include dry and steam saunas, swimming pools, gyms, hydrotherapy equipment, and solaria. A complete range of supplementary services is offered, including poultices made from Polish therapeutic mud and mud from the Dead Sea as well as poultices made from honey, milk, a mixture of cinnamon and marine algae. Guests can take advantage of massages using natural oils and peeling substances. Centres offering cleansing treatments recommend a sizable dose of physical exercise in their gyms, workout rooms, swimming pools and, of course, out in the fresh air – which carries an added value, as these centres are most often located in health and holiday resorts famous for the splendor of their landscapes.
Salt contains elements essential to life
iodine, calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, iron, selenium, copper – these are just some of the microelements whose lack or shortage in the body leads to serious problems with physical and mental health. For example, the selenium contained in salt has a huge impact on halting skin ageing processes. This is why treatments involving selenium-saturated salt solutions are included at Polish health resorts and health and beauty centres. Many guidebooks on Poland feature detailed descriptions of the tourist and therapeutic value of the natural salt caves in Wieliczka and Bochnia. The greatest range of treatments can be found at the Wieliczka salt mine’s subterranean rehabilitation and therapy centre. This centre proposes comprehensive treatment of asthma, allergies, respiratory diseases, skin diseases and bl mishes as well as obesity. The part of this health SPA located 135 metres under the surface, in a chamber called Lake Wessel, has unique therapeutic benefits, but also great aesthetic value. Seven-hour stays in absolutely
pure air saturated with therapeutic sodium chloride, ions of magnesium and calcium, in the expert care of doctors and physiotherapists, are not cheap – but this type of treatment for the body and soul cannot be compared with anything available at a conventional sanatorium. The salt mine in Wieliczka is unique on a global scale, but the therapeutic properties of salt are successfully used by other centres, in artiﬁcial salt caves built exclusively from timber without any metal parts, ﬁlled with salt from subterranean deposits and sea salt from the Baltic, the Dead Sea and the Red Sea. Salt caves and caverns can be found in almost every health resort and numerous hotels across the country. The special atmosphere of these artificial caves is due to the great care taken to re-create the landscape forms of natural caves, appropriate lighting that brings out the structures of lumps of salt crystals, soft music, and a pleasantly higher temperature and humidity compared to natural caves. Saturation with bioelements vital for human health is many times higher than during a heavy storm on the seashore, though these caves’ climate is conducive to absolute relaxation, as obviously they are free of the unpleasant wind and noise of a raging storm. The list of therapeutic effects of staying in artiﬁcial salt caves includes positive results in treatment of neuroses and neurotic states, in rehabilitation after injuries sustained in sports or accidents, and in alleviating the effects of physical and emotional exhaustion resulting from working in jobs that involve, for example, a high level of responsibility for the lives of other people or financial accountability.
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Treatments involving drinking mineral waters are among the oldest therapies.
Systematic and properly dosed water drinking has a local effect on the digestive system and the general effect of supplementing any shortages of macro and microelements. In times when food lacks many of these components (such as selenium, calcium, copper etc.), the possibility of supplying the body with all the necessary elements is enormously important, as proved by clinical tests and scientiﬁc research. Due to the need to tailor such treatments to individual needs, a doctor always supervises the therapeutic process and dosage. All the varieties of mineral waters present in a town are available at Poland’s SPA centres, and the pump rooms are located close to the intake so that the water doesn’t lose its valuable physicochemical properties. The pump rooms and adjacent promenade halls are often examples of historical architecture, emphasizing the centuries-long tradition of health spas. The drinking of therapeutic water during a stroll is a ritual that in itself brings the body additional beneﬁts. Though oxygen is unquestionably the basic life-giving element, its therapeutic properties started being exploited only recently. Oxygen at higher pressure (in hyperbaric therapy) can be effective in the treatment of many ailments, including problems with the coronary vessels, asthma, liver problems, multiple sclerosis, long-healing wounds (also related to diabetes), burns, carbon monoxide poisoning, and rapid blood loss. This kind of therapy is offered by the Mazovian Hyperbaric Therapy Centre in Warsaw. Oxygen rejuvenates the body, and helps maintain good form, for instance after a heart attack. The Polish Oxygen Therapy Centre runs many therapeutic outlets in Poland, including oxygen bars which are well worth visiting as a preventive measure, to aid in weight loss and reduce cholesterol levels.
Water and Oxygen Bars
The local springs of brine are used for therapeutic and preventive cures in several Polish spas.
The iodide and bromide brine that is used for this purpose is rich in many health promoting micro elements such as iodine, calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, and others. The brine solutions are pumped up onto the platforms located on top of the specially constructed wooden structures known as graduation towers. Dripping down through the bundles of brushwood, the brine evaporates and releases a large amount of aerosol that create a microclimate rich in ozone and iodine, similar to that which prevails on the seashore after a summer storm. Depending on the chemical content of the brine, the natural aerosol near the graduation tower may have different medicinal properties. Inhalation is particularly recommended for people suffering from respiratory system difﬁculties, thyroid disorders, certain circulatory system problems, and in the preventive treatment of allergies. A graduation tower is a wooden construction, from a few to several meters high with a total length of tens of meters even up to several hundred meters, usually made of pine and spruce timber. The wall-like frame is filled with bundles of blackthorn. The brine drips down through the branches, evaporates and ﬁlls the air around the graduation tower with a medicinal, ionized mist, creating an enormous, natural inhalatorium. The ﬁrst graduation towers were used during the production Process of table salt. It was only after some time that the therapeutic properties of the microclimate around the graduation towers were discovered. Three Polish health resorts have graduation towers which serve as outdoor inhalatoria. They are located in Ciechocinek – a 19th century historical graduation tower, Inowrocław and Konstancin. Busko-Zdrój and Grudziądz have smaller indoor installations. Since recently, mini-graduation towers have been operating in Kołobrzeg and Rabka-Zdrój. Viewing terraces on top of the facilities in Ciechocinek and Inowrocław attract many visitors.
Graduation Towers – Gigantic Inhalatoria
Health and beauty tourism
People nowadays are increasingly in need of rest, tranquillity, and the regeneration of the body and soul, which are tainted by the hardships and stress of life and work in big cities. Poland is one of the most popular “paradises” of health and beauty tourism. Several dozen clinics and SPA & Wellness centres located in stunning health resorts and regions, both in rural and urban surroundings, cater for all the needs of the modern man and woman – comfort, entertainment, leisure time, and health. The excellent quality of medical and cosmetic services, outstanding beauty specialists, cutting-edge equipment and affordable prices, attract thousands of visitors from this country and abroad, yearning to soothe their bodies and souls. Aesthetic, cosmetic, and dental medicine, ophthalmology, and orthopaedic surgery (including the installation of hip-joint endoprostheses) – are only a few of the services. A number of clinics provide all-round services – not just related to treatment but also tourism. All in one. World-class quality services at affordable prices for your health and beauty.
Peripheral blood vessels
Health Resort (town, place)
Height above See level
Blood and haematopoietic system
Heart disease and hypertension
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Augustów Sanatorium Uzdrowiskowe “Budowlani” Busko-Zdrój Uzdrowisko Busko-Zdrój” Spółka Akcyjna Ciechocinek Przedsiębiorstwo Uzdrowisko Ciechocinek S.A. Cieplice Śląskie-Zdrój Uzdrowisko Cieplice Sp. z o.o. Czerniawa-Zdrój Uzdrowisko Świeradów - Czerniawa Sp. z o.o. Długopole-Zdrój Uzdrowisko Lądek-Długopole S.A. Duszniki-Zdrój Zespół Uzdrowisk Kłodzkich SA Goczałkowice-Zdrój Uzdrowisko Goczałkowice-Zdrój Gołdap Sanatorium Uzdrowiskowe Horyniec-Zdrój "Uzdrowisko Horyniec" Spółka z o.o. Inowrocław „SOLANKI” Uzdrowisko Inowrocław Sp. z o.o. Iwonicz-Zdrój Uzdrowisko Iwonicz S.A. Jedlina-Zdrój "Uzdrowisko Szczawno-Jedlina" S.A. Kamień Pomorski Uzdrowisko Kamień Pomorski Kołobrzeg Uzdrowisko Kołobrzeg S.A. Konstancin-Jeziorna "Uzdrowisko Konstancin-Zdrój" Spółka z o.o. Krasnobród Samodzielne Publiczne Sanatorium Rehabilitacyjne dla Dzieci Krynica-Zdrój "Uzdrowisko Krynica-Żegiestów" S.A. Kudowa-Zdrój Zespół Uzdrowisk Kłodzkich SA Lądek-Zdrój Uzdrowisko Lądek-Długopole S.A. Muszyna-Zdrój Uzdrowisko Muszyna nad Popradem Nałęczów Zakład Leczniczy „Uzdrowisko Nałęczów” S.A. Piwniczna-Zdrój Sanatorium Uzdrowiskowe "LIMBA" Polanica-Zdrój Zespół Uzdrowisk Kłodzkich SA Polańczyk Sanatorium Uzdrowiskowe "PLON" Połczyn-Zdrój Uzdrowisko Połczyn S.A. Przerzeczyn-Zdrój PCZ Polskie Uzdrowisko Ciepłowody Przerzeczyn-Zdrój Sp z o.o. Rabka-Zdrój Uzdrowisko Rabka S.A. Rymanów-Zdrój Uzdrowisko Rymanów S.A. Solec-Zdrój Uzdrowisko Solec-Zdrój Sp. z o.o. Sopot SPZOZ Uzdrowisko Sopot Swoszowice Uzdrowisko Kraków Swoszowice Sp. z o.o. Szczawnica-Zdrój Uzdrowisko Szczawnica S.A Szczawno-Zdrój "Uzdrowisko Szczawno-Jedlina" S.A. Świeradów-Zdrój Uzdrowisko Świeradów - Czerniawa Sp. z o.o. Świnoujście UZDROWISKO ŚWINOUJŚCIE Spółka Akcyjna Ustka "Uzdrowisko Ustka" Spółka z o.o. Ustroń Przedsiębiorstwo Uzdrowiskowe "Ustroń" S.A. Wapienne Ośrodek Wczasowo-Leczniczy w Wapiennem Wieniec-Zdrój "Uzdrowisko Wieniec" Sp. z o.o. Wysowa-Zdrój "Uzdrowisko Wysowa" Spółka Akcyjna Żegiestów-Zdrój "Uzdrowisko Krynica-Żegiestów" S.A.
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tel. +48-87 643 28 71 ul. Zdrojowa 3, 16-300 Augustów tel. +48-41 370 31 51 Park Zdrojowy, 28-100 Busko-Zdrój tel. +48-54 283 62 65 ul. Kościuszki 10, 87-720 Ciechocinek tel. +48-75 755 10 03 ul. P. Ściegiennego 5/7, 58 - 560 Jelenia Góra tel. +48-75 782 05 39 ul. Konstytucji 3 Maja 1, 59-850 Świeradów-Zdrój tel. (74) 814 64 37 ul. Wolności 4, 57-540 Lądek-Zdrój tel. +48-74 866 79 00 ul Zielona 23, 57-340 Duszniki-Zdrój tel. +48-32 449 21 01, ul. Uzdrowisko 54,43-230 Goczałkowice-Zdrój tel. +48-87 615 41 92 ul. Wczasowa 7, 19-500 Gołdap tel. (016) 631 30 88 ul. Sanatoryjna 3, 37-620 Horyniec-Zdrój tel. +48-52 356 32 87 ul. Solankowa 77, 88-100 Inowrocław tel. +48-13 430 87 80 Al. Torosiewicza 2,38-440 Iwonicz-Zdrój tel. +48-74 845 52 86, ul. Ratuszowa 1, 58-310 Szczawno --Zdrój tel. +48-91 382 50 42 ul. Szpitalna 13, 72-400 Kamień Pomorski tel. +48-94 354 88 25, ul. Ściegiennego 1, 78-100 Kołobrzeg tel. +48-22 756 40 24, ul. Wierzejewskiego 15, 05-510 Konstancin-Jeziorna tel. +48 84 660 71 02, ul. Sanatoryjna 1, 22-440 Krasnobród tel. +48-18 471 28 01 ul. Nowotarskiego 9/4, 33-380 Krynica-Zdrój tel. +48-74 868 04 01 ul. Moniuszki 2, 57-320 Kudowa-Zdrój tel. +48-74 814 64 37 Wolności 4, 57-540 Lądek-Zdrój tel. +48-18 471 42 05 ul. Mściwujewskiego 1, 33-370 Muszyna tel. +48-81 501 43 56 Al. Małachowskiego 5, 24-140 Nałęczów tel. +48-18 446 42 43 ul. Krynicka 3, 33-350 Piwniczna--Zdrój tel. +48-74 868 03 71 ul. Parkowa 4, 57-320 Polanica-Zdrój tel. +48-13 470 30 43 ul. Zdrojowa 32, 38-610 Polańczyk tel. +48-94 366 24 24, ul. Zdrojowa 6, 78-320 Połczyn-Zdrój tel. +48-74 837 50 50 58-230 Przerzeczyn-Zdrój, ul. Zdrojowa 32 tel. +48-18 267 62 18 ul. Orkana 49, 34-700 Rabka-Zdrój tel. +48-13 435 74 61 ul. Zdrojowa 48, 38-481 Rymanów--Zdrój tel. +48-41 377 60 17 ul. 1 Maja 1, 28-131 Solec-Zdrój tel. +48-58 555 08 82, ul. Chrobrego 6/8, 1-756 Sopot tel. +48-12 254 78 11, ul. Kapielowa 70, 0-698 Kraków tel. 18 262 22 97, ul Zdrojowa 26, 4-460 Szczawnica tel. +48-74 849 32 36 ul. Ratuszowa 1, 8-310 Szczawno-Zdrój tel. +48-75 782 05 39, ul. Konstytucji 3 Maja 1, 59-850 Świeradów-Zdrój tel. +48-91 321 44 52, ul. E. Gierczak 1, 72-600 Świnoujście tel. +48-59 814 56 65, ul. Beniowskiego 1, 76-270 Ustka tel. +48-33 856 50 55, ul. Sanatoryjna 1, 43-450 Ustroń tel. +48-18 351 81 63, Wapienne 45, 38-307 Sękowa tel. +48-54 236 20 21, Wieniec-Zdrój, ul. Zdrojowa 2, 87-800 Włocławek tel. +48-18 353 20 54, 38-316 Wysowa-Zdrój 149 tel. (018) 471 55 22, ul. Nowotarskiego 9/4, 33-380 Krynica-Zdrój
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Disorders Treated at the Health Resorts
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Camaldolese monastery and Lake Wigry Wigry National Park, www.wigry.win.pl Cistercian trail Jędrzejów www.szlakcysterski.org Nicolaus Copernicus town Toruń, www.it.torun.pl Highest Sudeten Range Karkonosze National Park, www.kpnmab.pl Castle Czocha Leśna, www.zamekczocha.pl Poland’s most beautiful cave Bear’s Cave near Kletno, www.jaskinia.pl Marian sanctuary Bardo, www.sankt_bardo.opoka.net.pl Sumptuous princes’ palace Pszczyna, www.zamek-pszczyna.pl The highest viaducts Stańczyki, www.stanczyki.pl Jewel of Polish Renaissance Zamość, www.zamosc.pl Romanesque Church Kruszwica, www.kruszwica.um.gov.pl World’s oldest oil well Bóbrka, www.bobrka.pl Church of Peace Świdnica, www.kosciolpokoju.pl Museum of Railways Gryﬁce, tel. +4891 384 11 70 Bride of the Sea Trzęsacz, www.rewal.pl Poland’s capital Warsaw, www.warsawtour.pl Jewel of Polish Renaissance Zamość, www.zamosc.pl Trail of timber architecture Binarowa, http://unesco.wrotamalopolski.pl Błędne Skały, or the Erratic Boulders Góry Stołowe National Park, www.pngs.com.pl Marian sanctuary Bardo, www.sankt_bardo.opoka.net.pl World-famous salt mine Wieliczka, www.kopalnia.pl City of artists Kazimierz Dolny, www.kazimierz-news.com.pl Trail of timber architecture Lipnica Murowana, http://szlak.wrotamalopolski.pl Cistercian monastery Henryków, www.szlakcysterski.org Poland’s largest open-air museum Sanok, www.mbl.sanok.pl Hanseatic city Stargard Szczeciński, www.stargard.pl Castle Ząbkowice Śląskie, www.zabkowiceslaskie.pl Historical capital of Poland Cracow, www.krakow.pl Trail of timber architecture Haczów, www.haczow.pl Cistercian trail Koprzywnica, www.szlakcysterski.org City of Solidarity Gdańsk, www.gdansk4u.pl Historical capital of Poland Kracow, www.krakow.pl Castles of the Pieniny Mountains Niedzica and Czorsztyn, www.niedzica.pl Enormous castle perched on a rock Książ, www.ksiaz.walbrzych.pl Paradise for cross-country skiers Polana Jakuszycka, www.szklarskaporeba.pl Bride of the Sea Trzęsacz, www.rewal.pl Gothic castle and museum Słupsk, www.slupsk.pl “Little Vienna” Cieszyn, www.cieszyn.pl Renaissance market square Tarnów, www.turystyka.tarnow.pl Poland’s largest church Licheń Stary, www.lichen.pl Trail of timber architecture Sękowa, http://unesco.wrotamalopolski.pl Magnate’s castle Nowy Wiśnicz, www.nw.com.pl
Historical waterway Augustów Canal, www.um.augustow.pl Attractive city in all seasons, Kielce, www.um.kielce.pl Knights’ tournament Golub-Dobrzyń, www.zamekgolub.pl Castle Czocha Leśna, www.zamekczocha.pl Paradise for cross-country skiers Polana Jakuszycka, www.szklarskaporeba.pl Gold mine Złoty Stok, www.kopalniazlota.pl Marian sanctuary Wambierzyce, www.sanktuarium.wambierzyce.pl Memorial museum of the extermination victims Auschwitz-Birkenau, www.auschwitz.org.pl Poland’s magniﬁcent Baroque Święta Lipka, www.swlipka.org.pl Tarpans’ habitat Roztocze National Park, www.roztoczanskipn.pl Settlement built thousands of years ago Biskupin, www.biskupin.pl Poland’s largest open-air museum Sanok, www.mbl.sanok.pl Mysterious subterranean city Walim, www.sztolnie.pl Inland seaport Szczecin, www.zamek.szczecin.pl Castle of the Pomeranian Princes Darłowo, www.darlowo.pl Chopin’s birthplace Żelazowa Wola, www.nifc.pl Tarpans’ habitat Roztocze National Park, www.roztoczanskipn.pl Trail of timber architecture Sękowa, http://unesco.wrotamalopolski.pl Marian sanctuary Wambierzyce, www.sanktuarium.wambierzyce.pl Poland’s most beautiful cave Bear’s Cave near Kletno, www.jaskinia.pl Magnate’s castle Nowy Wiśnicz, www.nw.com.pl Where cultures meet Lublin, www.lublin.pl Poland’s oldest salt mine Bochnia, www.kopalniasoli.pl Polish Carcassonne Paczków, www.paczkow.pl Europe’s least populated region Bieszczady National Park, www.bdpn.pl Teutonic Knights’ castle and museum Bytów, www.hotelzamek.com.pl Church of Peace Świdnica, www.kosciolpokoju.pl Passion plays Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, www.kalwaria.ofm.pl World’s oldest oil well Bóbrka, www.bobrka Renaissance residence Baranów Sandomierski, www.baranow.com.pl Ships-museums and sea aquarium Gdynia, www.gdynia.pl World-famous salt mine Wieliczka, www.kopalnia.pl Trail of timber architecture Dębno, http://unesco.wrotamalopolski.pl Mysterious subterranean city Osówka, www.osowka.pl Castle Czocha Leśna, www.zamekczocha.pl Seashore cliff Międzyzdroje, www.wolinpn.pl Chequered Land Swołowo and Kluki, www.swolowo.pl Sumptuous princes’ palace Pszczyna, www.zamek-pszczyna.pl World’s oldest oil well Bóbrka, www.bobrka.pl Former capital of Mazovia Płock, www.ump.pl World’s oldest oil well Bóbrka, www.bobrka.pl Trail of timber architecture Lipnica Murowana, http://unesco.wrotamalopolski.pl
Polish “photo-safari” Biebrza National Park, www.biebrza.org.pl Castle and splendid cave Chęciny and the Paradise Cave, www.checiny.pl City of music and festivals Bydgoszcz, www.visitbydgoszcz.pl Church of Peace Jawor, www.jawor.pl Highest Sudeten Range Karkonosze National Park, www.kpnmab.pl Marian sanctuary Bardo, www.sankt_bardo.opoka.net.pl Poland’s most beautiful cave Bear’s Cave near Kletno, www.jaskinia.pl “Little Vienna” Cieszyn, www.cieszyn.pl Wolf’s Lair – Hitler’s headquarters Gierłoż, www.wolfsschanze.home.pl Magniﬁcent organ Leżajsk, www.baroqueorgan.com Romanesque Church Strzelno, www.strzelno.pl Europe’s least populated region Bieszczady National Park, www.bdpn.pl Mysterious subterranean city Osówka, www.osowka.pl Hanseatic city Stargard Szczeciński, www.stargard.pl Museum of Railways Gryﬁce, tel. +4891 384 11 70 Baroque palace and romantic park Nieborów and Arkadia, www.nieborow.art.pl “Little Rome” Sandomierz, www.sandomierz.pl Rafting through the Dunajec Gorges Pieniny National Park, www.pieninypn.pl Mysterious subterranean city Walim, www.sztolnie.pl Gold mine Złoty Stok, www.kopalniazlota.pl Trail of timber architecture Dębno, http://unesco.wrotamalopolski.pl Baroque residence and socialist-realist art museum Kozłówka, www.muzeumkozlowka.lublin.pl Trail of timber architecture Sękowa, http://unesco.wrotamalopolski.pl Marian sanctuary Bardo, www.sankt_bardo.opoka.net.pl Castle and park complex Krasiczyn, www.krasiczyn.com.pl Unique Kashubian folklore Kashubian Lakeland, www.muzeum-wdzydze.gda.pl Cistercian monastery Henryków, www.szlakcysterski.org The Pope’s town Wadowice, www.wadowice.pl Europe’s least populated region Bieszczady National Park, www.bdpn.pl Renaissance market square Tarnów, www.turystyka.tarnow.pl Poland’s lowest region The Żuławy Region, http://visitzulawy.pl Passion plays Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, www.kalwaria.ofm.pl Winter capital of Poland Zakopane, www.zakopane.pl Cistercian monastery Krzeszów, www.krzeszow.info Highest Sudeten Range Karkonosze National Park, www.kpnmab.pl Organ music concerts Kamień Pomorski, www.kamienpomorski.pl Shifting dunes – Słowiński National Park www.slowinskipn.pl Paradise for skiers and folklore Silesian Beskid Range, www.it.bielsko.pl Trail of timber architecture Binarowa, http://unesco.wrotamalopolski.pl Romanesque Church Kruszwica, www.kruszwica.um.gov.pl Poland’s oldest salt mine Bochnia, www.kopalniasoli.pl Renaissance market square Tarnów, www.turystyka.tarnow.pl
Konstancin, Krynica-Zdrój, Kudowa-Zdrój, Lądek-Zdrój, Muszyna-Zdrój, Nałęczów, Polanica-Zdrój, Polańczyk, Połczyn-Zdrój, Rabka, Rymanów-Zdrój, Solec-Zdrój. PLN 12-16 (~ € 2.7-3.6)
4 | Underwater
Massage of the whole body or parts of it with pressure water jets. Relaxes tense muscles, increases blood ﬂow to tissues, increases lymph ﬂow. Towns: Augustów, Busko-Zdrój, Ciechocinek, Cieplice Śląskie-Zdrój, Czerniawa-Zdrój, Długopole-Zdrój, Duszniki-Zdrój, Goczałkowice-Zdrój, Gołdap, Horyniec-Zdrój, Inowrocław, Iwonicz-Zdrój, Jedlina-Zdrój, Kołobrzeg, Konstancin, Krynica-Zdrój, Kudowa-Zdrój, Lądek-Zdrój, Muszyna-Zdrój, Nałęczów, Piwniczna-Zdrój, Polanica-Zdrój, Polańczyk, Połczyn-Zdrój, Przerzeczyn-Zdrój, Rabka, Rymanów-Zdrój, Solec-Zdrój, Sopot, Swoszowice, Szczawnica-Zdrój, Szczawno-Zdrój, Świeradów-Zdrój, Świnoujście, Ustka, Ustroń, Wysowa-Zdrój, Żegiestów-Zdrój. PLN 15-20 (~ € 3.5-4.5)
1 | Medicinal
baths in mineral waters
The active compounds in the water penetrate the patient’s skin during bathing, having a local and general beneﬁcial impact on the body. Towns: Busko-Zdrój, Ciechocinek, Cieplice Śląskie-Zdrój, Czerniawa-Zdrój, Długopole-Zdrój, Duszniki-Zdrój, Goczałkowice-Zdrój, Horyniec-Zdrój, Inowrocław, Iwonicz-Zdrój, Jedlina-Zdrój, Kamień Pomorski, Kołobrzeg, Konstancin, Krynica-Zdrój, Kudowa-Zdrój, Lądek-Zdrój, Muszyna-Zdrój, Nałęczów, Piwniczna-Zdrój, Polanica-Zdrój, Polańczyk, Połczyn-Zdrój, Przerzeczyn-Zdrój, Rabka, Rymanów-Zdrój, Solec-Zdrój, Swoszowice, Szczawnica-Zdrój, Szczawno-Zdrój, Świeradów-Zdrój, Świnoujście, Ustka, Ustroń, Wieniec-Zdrój, Wysowa-Zdrój, Żegiestów-Zdrój. PLN 15 (~ € 3.5)
Tourist Attractions in the Environs
5 | Pearl
Air pumped under pressure into a bathtub ﬁlled with water has a toning and calming effect, while special emulsions added to the water augment the relaxing, restful, painkilling and soothing effect. Towns: Busko-Zdrój, Czerniawa-Zdrój, Duszniki-Zdrój, Goczałkowice-Zdrój, Inowrocław, Iwonicz-Zdrój, Jedlina-Zdrój, Kołobrzeg, Konstancin, Krynica-Zdrój, Kudowa-Zdrój, Lądek-Zdrój, Muszyna-Zdrój, Nałęczów, Polanica-Zdrój, Rymanów-Zdrój, Sopot, Swoszowice, Szczawnica-Zdrój, Szczawno-Zdrój, Świeradów-Zdrój, Świnoujście, Ustka, Ustroń, Wieniec-Zdrój, Wysowa-Zdrój. 15-18 PLN (~ € 3.5-4.1)
2 | Medicinal
For patients with contraindications for bathing, this treatment involves dipping the lower or upper limbs in medicinal water. Towns: Busko-Zdrój, Ciechocinek, Cieplice Śląskie-Zdrój, Horyniec-Zdrój, Konstancin, Krynica-Zdrój, Lądek-Zdrój, Nałęczów, Szczawnica-Zdrój, Szczawno-Zdrój, Świeradów-Zdrój. PLN 15 (~ € 3.5)
3 | Douches,
A shower in water of varying pressure and temperature stimulates circulation, which has a calming effect and helps build up immunity. Towns: Busko-Zdrój, Ciechocinek, Cieplice Śląskie-Zdrój, Czerniawa-Zdrój, Długopole-Zdrój, Duszniki-Zdrój, Goczałkowice-Zdrój, Horyniec-Zdrój, Inowrocław, Iwonicz-Zdrój, Jedlina-Zdrój, Kamień Pomorski, Kołobrzeg,
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Towns: Augustów, Busko-Zdrój, Ciechocinek, Cieplice Śląskie-Zdrój, Duszniki-Zdrój, Goczałkowice-Zdrój, Gołdap, Horyniec-Zdrój, Inowrocław, Iwonicz-Zdrój, Jedlina-Zdrój, Kamień Pomorski, Kołobrzeg, Krynica-Zdrój, Kudowa-Zdrój, Lądek-Zdrój, Muszyna-Zdrój, Nałęczów, Polanica-Zdrój, Polańczyk, Połczyn-Zdrój, Rabka, Rymanów-Zdrój, Solec-Zdrój, Sopot, Swoszowice, Szczawnica-Zdrój, Szczawno-Zdrój, Świeradów-Zdrój, Świnoujście, Ustka, Ustroń, Wieniec-Zdrój, Wysowa-Zdrój, Żegiestów-Zdrój. PLN 10-15 (~ € 2.3-3.5)
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9 | Exercises
Exercising is a basic rehabilitation treatment. It helps develop and improve mobility, shape joint surfaces, improve elasticity and springiness of joint capsules and ligaments. Towns: Busko-Zdrój, Ciechocinek, Goczałkowice-Zdrój, Horyniec-Zdrój, Inowrocław, Iwonicz-Zdrój, Kołobrzeg, Konstancin, Krynica-Zdrój, Kudowa-Zdrój, Muszyna-Zdrój, Nałęczów, Polanica-Zdrój, Połczyn-Zdrój, Sopot, Świeradów-Zdrój, Świnoujście, Ustka, Ustroń, Wysowa-Zdrój, Żegiestów-Zdrój. PLN 15 (~ € 3.3) Świnoujście, Ustka, Ustroń, Wieniec-Zdrój, Wysowa-Zdrój, Żegiestów-Zdrój. PLN 9-25 (~ € 2-5.6)
6 | Whirlpool
For the upper and lower limbs. Whirling warm water massages them, with a swelling-reducing and musclerelaxing effect, stimulating circulation in the peripheral vessels. The addition of mud emulsion has a warming and painkilling effect. Towns: Busko-Zdrój, Ciechocinek, Cieplice Śląskie-Zdrój, Duszniki-Zdrój, Inowrocław, Iwonicz-Zdrój, Kamień Pomorski, Kołobrzeg, Konstancin, Krynica-Zdrój, Kudowa-Zdrój, Lądek-Zdrój, Nałęczów, Polanica-Zdrój, Połczyn-Zdrój, Rabka, Rymanów-Zdrój, Solec-Zdrój, Szczawnica-Zdrój, Szczawno-Zdrój, Świeradów-Zdrój. PLN 8-14 (~ € 1.8-3.2)
Towns: Busko-Zdrój, Ciechocinek, Cieplice Śląskie-Zdrój, Czerniawa-Zdrój, Długopole-Zdrój, Duszniki-Zdrój, Horyniec-Zdrój, Inowrocław, Iwonicz-Zdrój, Jedlina-Zdrój, Kamień Pomorski, Kołobrzeg, Krynica-Zdrój, Lądek-Zdrój, Muszyna-Zdrój, Piwniczna-Zdrój, Polańczyk, Połczyn-Zdrój, Rabka, Rymanów-Zdrój, Swoszowice, Szczawnica-Zdrój, Szczawno-Zdrój, Świeradów-Zdrój. PLN 10-15 (~ € 2.3-3.5)
16 | Electrical
and light therapy
13 | Magnetotherapy
Treatment with a variable magnetic ﬁeld improves peripheral circulation, accelerates regeneration processes such as healing of wounds and fractures, has a painkilling, anti-inﬂammatory and soothing effect. Towns: Ciechocinek, Inowrocław, Iwonicz-Zdrój, Kudowa-Zdrój, Lądek-Zdrój, Nałęczów, Świnoujście, Ustka, Wysowa-Zdrój. PLN 10-14 (~ € 2.2-3.1)
Electrotherapy – treatment with direct current and lowand medium-frequency electrical impulses. Light therapy – treatment with light from natural (heliotherapy) or artiﬁcial sources (actinotherapy). Towns: Augustów, Busko-Zdrój, Ciechocinek, Cieplice Śląskie-Zdrój, Czerniawa-Zdrój, Długopole-Zdrój, Goczałkowice-Zdrój, Horyniec-Zdrój, Inowrocław, Iwonicz-Zdrój, Kamień Pomorski, Kołobrzeg, Konstancin, Krynica-Zdrój, Kudowa-Zdrój, Lądek-Zdrój, Muszyna-Zdrój, Nałęczów, Piwniczna-Zdrój, Polanica-Zdrój, Polańczyk,
10 | Pool
Exercises in water, under lightened strain. The aquatic environment lessens neural excitability, relaxes the muscles, relieves the joints. Towns: Busko-Zdrój, Ciechocinek, Cieplice Śląskie-Zdrój, Goczałkowice-Zdrój, Gołdap, Horyniec-Zdrój, Inowrocław, Iwonicz-Zdrój, Jedlina-Zdrój, Kamień Pomorski, Kołobrzeg, Krynica-Zdrój, Kudowa-Zdrój, Lądek-Zdrój, Nałęczów, Polanica-Zdrój. PLN 5-15 (~€ 1.1-3.5)
7 | Mud
Covering speciﬁc parts of the body with a mud pack of set temperature and thickness for deep warming of the body, achieving an anti-inﬂammatory, regenerating and anti-bacterial effect. Towns: Augustów, Busko-Zdrój, Ciechocinek, Cieplice Śląskie-Zdrój, Goczałkowice-Zdrój, Gołdap, Horyniec-Zdrój, Inowrocław, Iwonicz-Zdrój, Jedlina-Zdrój, Kamień Pomorski, Kołobrzeg, Krynica-Zdrój, Kudowa-Zdrój, Lądek-Zdrój, Nałęczów, Piwniczna-Zdrój, Polanica-Zdrój, Połczyn-Zdrój, Przerzeczyn-Zdrój, Rymanów-Zdrój, Solec-Zdrój, Sopot, Swoszowice, Świeradów-Zdrój, Świnoujście, Ustka, Ustroń, Wieniec-Zdrój, Wysowa-Zdrój. PLN 15-30 (~ € 3.5-6.7)
14 | Thermotherapy
Applying heat for therapeutic purposes to the patient’s body, directly or using additional media. Towns: Busko-Zdrój, Ciechocinek, Cieplice Śląskie-Zdrój, Inowrocław, Lądek-Zdrój, Nałęczów, Rabka, Rymanów-Zdrój, Szczawno-Zdrój, Świeradów-Zdrój. PLN 5-11 (~ € 1.1-.2.4)
11 | Working
Treatment through various forms of physical activity with appropriately designed loads. Towns: Augustów, Goczałkowice-Zdrój, Gołdap, Konstancin, Kudowa-Zdrój, Nałęczów, Polanica-Zdrój, Przerzeczyn-Zdrój, Solec-Zdrój, Sopot, Świnoujście, Ustka, Ustroń, Żegiestów-Zdrój. PLN 15-25 (~ € 3.3-5.6)
15 | Sauna
A thermal therapy in a room ﬁlled with hot air, used chieﬂy for regeneration and building up immunity. Towns: Augustów, Busko-Zdrój, Ciechocinek, Cieplice Śląskie-Zdrój, Czerniawa-Zdrój, Długopole-Zdrój, Duszniki-Zdrój, Goczałkowice-Zdrój, Horyniec-Zdrój, Inowrocław, Iwonicz-Zdrój, Jedlina-Zdrój, Kamień Pomorski, Kołobrzeg, Krynica-Zdrój, Kudowa-Zdrój, Lądek-Zdrój, Nałęczów, Piwniczna-Zdrój, Połczyn-Zdrój, Przerzeczyn-Zdrój, Rabka, Rymanów-Zdrój, Solec-Zdrój, Sopot, Szczawnica-Zdrój, Szczawno-Zdrój, Świeradów-Zdrój,
8 | Classical
12 | Cryotherapy
The stimulating effect of extremely low temperatures, from –120°C, achieved using liquid nitrogen. Acting on the body’s surface for 2-3 minutes, it causes a defensive reaction, leading to a painkilling, swelling-reducing and anti-inﬂammatory effect.
This treatment, applied to the whole body or locally, involves a speciﬁc succession of such techniques as stroking, rubbing, kneading, patting, vibration. It improves circulation, increases tissue elasticity, relaxes tense muscles, improves lymph circulation.
Połczyn-Zdrój, Rabka, Solec-Zdrój, Sopot, Swoszowice, Świeradów-Zdrój, Świnoujście, Ustroń, Wieniec-Zdrój, Wysowa-Zdrój. PLN 10-15 (~ € 2.2-3.5)
PLN 8 (~ € 1.8)
21 | Parafﬁn
A thermal treatment in which parafﬁn heated to 4050°C increases blood supply to the area being treated. Towns: Augustów, Busko-Zdrój, Ciechocinek, Cieplice Śląskie-Zdrój, Czerniawa-Zdrój, Długopole-Zdrój, Duszniki-Zdrój, Goczałkowice-Zdrój, Horyniec-Zdrój, Inowrocław, Iwonicz-Zdrój, Jedlina-Zdrój, Kamień Pomorski, Kołobrzeg, Krynica-Zdrój, Kudowa-Zdrój, Lądek-Zdrój, Nałęczów, Piwniczna-Zdrój, Połczyn-Zdrój, Przerzeczyn-Zdrój, Rabka-Zdrój, Rymanów-Zdrój, Solec-Zdrój, Sopot, Szczawnica-Zdrój, Szczawno-Zdrój, Świeradów-Zdrój, Świnoujście, Ustka, Ustroń, Wieniec-Zdrój, Wysowa-Zdrój, Żegiestów-Zdrój. PLN 9.5-17 (~ € 2.1-3.8)
17 | Laser
A monochromatic beam of dense energy coherent light reaches deeper tissues. This therapy has a painkilling, regenerating and swelling-reducing effect. Towns: Busko-Zdrój, Ciechocinek, Cieplice Śląskie-Zdrój, Goczałkowice-Zdrój, Iwonicz-Zdrój, Kamień Pomorski, Kołobrzeg, Konstancin, Lądek-Zdrój, Nałęczów, Świeradów-Zdrój, Świnoujście, Wysowa-Zdrój. PLN 9-14 (~ € 2-3.1)
18 | Inhalation
A treatment involving inhaling the vapour of mineral waters, diluted medications or their aerosols from an inhaler or by inhaling the steam of a boiling liquid. Towns: Augustów, Busko-Zdrój, Ciechocinek, Cieplice Śląskie-Zdrój, Czerniawa-Zdrój, Długopole-Zdrój, Duszniki-Zdrój, Goczałkowice-Zdrój, Horyniec-Zdrój, Inowrocław, Iwonicz-Zdrój, Jedlina-Zdrój, Kamień Pomorski, Kołobrzeg, Krynica-Zdrój, Kudowa-Zdrój, Lądek-Zdrój, Nałęczów, Piwniczna-Zdrój, Połczyn-Zdrój, Przerzeczyn-Zdrój, Rabka-Zdrój, Rymanów-Zdrój, Solec-Zdrój, Sopot, Szczawnica-Zdrój, Szczawno-Zdrój, Świeradów-Zdrój, Świnoujście, Ustka, Ustroń, Wieniec-Zdrój, Wysowa-Zdrój, Żegiestów-Zdrój. PLN 4-9 (~ € 0.9-2)
22 | Hot
Thanks to the heat of the pebbles and a massage involving moving them across the body, energy ﬂow is unblocked. Towns: Ciechocinek, Klekotki, Krynica-Zdrój, Mrągowo, Szczyrk, Warsaw. Most of the resorts Spa. PLN 150-180 (~ € 34-40)
23 | Endermology
A combination of mechanical massage with precisely regulated vacuum, this treatment improves blood and lymph circulation, eliminates toxins, reduces the volume of deep fat deposits. Towns: Mikołajki, Kołobrzeg, Lądek-Zdrój, Nałęczów, Trzebnica, Warsaw, Zakopane. Most of the resorts Spa. PLN 100-200 (~ € 22-44)
19 | Salt
Staying in bacteriologically pure air saturated with therapeutic sodium chloride as well as magnesium and calcium ions. Towns: Bochnia, Busko-Zdrój, Ciechocinek, Inowrocław, Iwonicz-Zdrój, Wieliczka. Salt caves and caverns can be found in almost every health resort and numerous hotels across the country. PLN 10-11 (~ € 2.2-2.5)
24 | Oxygen
Stimulates detoxication of the body, rejuvenates it, activates its vital force and immunity. Towns: Ciechocinek, Cracow, Gliwice, Jelenia Góra, Łódź, Tarnów, Warsaw. Most of the resorts Spa. PLN 80 (~ € 17.8)/ 1 h
20 | Drinking of mineral waters (crenotherapy)
Drinking of medicinal waters for a speciﬁed time, in doses deﬁned as to amount, temperature, and time in relation to meals. Has a local effect on the digestive system. Towns: Cieplice Śląskie-Zdrój, Czerniawa-Zdrój, Długopole-Zdrój, Duszniki-Zdrój, Goczałkowice-Zdrój, Horyniec-Zdrój, Inowrocław, Iwonicz-Zdrój, Jedlina-Zdrój, Krynica-Zdrój, Muszyna-Zdrój, Nałęczów, Piwniczna-Zdrój, Polanica-Zdrój, Rymanów-Zdrój, Szczawnica-Zdrój, Szczawno-Zdrój, Wapienne, Wieniec-Zdrój, Wysowa-Zdrój.
25 | Vacuum
In the Vacustyler capsule, negative pressure causes blood and oxygen to be sucked to the lower parts of the body. This enables cellulite and excess fat to burn away at record speed. Towns: Szczyrk, Warsaw. Some centres SPA. PLN 130-180 (~ € 28.9-40)
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Republic of Poland
Area: 312,000 sq km. Location: Central Europe. Poland borders on Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, and Russia. Its northern border – 500 km long – runs along the Baltic Sea coast. Population: 38,000,000. Flag: White and red. Ofﬁcial language: Polish. Capital city: Warsaw. Other major cities: Łódź, Krakow, Wrocław, Poznań, Gdańsk, Szczecin, Katowice, Lublin. Climate: Temperate, the average temperature in July is 19°C (67°F), but there are many summer days when temperatures rise to 30°C (86°F). The best time of the year for practising winter sports is between January and March.
Customs rules and procedures are similar to those prevailing in the majority of EU countries. Detailed information is available from the Ministry of Finance, tel. +(48-22) 694 31 94, www.mf.gov.pl.
There are airports in Poland in the following cities: Warsaw, Krakow, Gdańsk, Katowice, Łodź, Poznań, Rzeszów, Szczecin, Wrocław and Bydgoszcz. LOT Polish Airlines is Poland’s national carrier. In order to ﬁnd the necessary information, all travellers planning to come to Poland and move around the country by air should visit the LOT website: www.lot.com. In addition, there are other carriers, including budget airlines such as Easy Jet – www.easyjet.com, Germanwings – www. germanwings.com, WizzAir – www.wizzair.com, Ryanair – www. ryanair.com, Norwegian – www.norwegian.no, Aer Lingus – www. aerlingus.com
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Public holidays and work-free days
Non working days are Saturdays, Sundays, and following holidays: New Year’s Day (Jan. 1st), the Easter (Easter Sunday and Monday are moveable holidays), Labour Day (May 1st), the anniversary of the Constitution of May Third (May 3rd), Corpus Christi (Thursday, movable feast), Feast of the Assumption (Aug. 15th), All Saint’s Day (Nov. 1st), National Independence Day (Nov. 11th), Christmas Holidays (Dec. 25th and 26th).
Poland has a well-developed rail network. Major Polish cities are interconnected by Intercity express trains running between European cities. The national railway network is administered and serviced by the Polish State Railways (PKP). All necessary information can be found on the PKP website: www.pkp.pl, www.intercity.pl, www. rozklad-pkp.pl and tel. +48 42 194 36.
Where to stay?
All hotels are classified and their categories range from inexpensive to luxurious. • Rooms can be booked by telephone or Internet: www.discover-poland.pl, www.hotelsinpoland.com, www.polhotels.com, www.hotelspoland.com, www.polhotel.pl, www.warsawshotel.com, www.visit.pl, www.orbisonline.pl, www.pph.com.pl • Many historic and old buildings (palaces, castles, manors, mills) have been adapted for tourist purposes www.hhpoland.com, tel. +(48) 501 253 374 and www.goscinnezabytki.pl, tel./fax +(48 22) 412 50 13, +(48) 507 842 552 • Booking of rural B&B accommodations: tel. +(48-52) 398 14 34, mobile +(48-602) 459 137, www.agritourism.pl, www.agroturystyka.pl, email@example.com • Youth hostels: tel. +(48-22) 849 81 28, fax 849 83 54, www.ptsm.org.pl • Camping: tel./fax +(48-22) 810 60 50, www.pfcc.eu • Polish Tourist Country Lovers’ Association: www.pttk.pl.
Any place in Poland can be easily reached on the extensive network of national and local roads. Coach services are operated throughout the year by state and private bus companies across the country. www.polskibus.com, www.rozklady-jazdy.info
Branches of the Polish Tourist Organisation Abroad
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Taxi stands are marked with the TAXI sign. Taxis are best be booked by telephone. Higher rates are charged for travel out of city limits, on Sundays and holidays; a special night fare is applied between 10 pm and 6 am.
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These are compatible with the regulations in EU countries. Speed limits on Polish roads are: • 50 km/h for all vehicles in built-up areas; • 90 km/h on two lane roads; • 120 km/h on expressways; • 140 km/h on motorways; • Headlights must be switched on at all times while driving.
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How to Pay?
The Polish currency is the zloty (PLN). You can pay using other currencies e.g. Euro, after you have come to an agreement with the vendor, but this is not always the case. Most transactions are done in zloty. Money can be changed at banks or exchange counters (Kantor). Credit cards are accepted in most shops and for services in the whole of Poland. Cash dispensers of the different banks are available 24/24 in cities and towns. The official money is the zloty divided into 100 groszy. Polish money is in circulation as coins and banknotes. Coins: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 groszy and 1, 2, 5 zloty. Banknotes: 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 zlotys.
Useful telephone numbers
Nationwide toll-free 24 hour emergency phone numbers are: • Ambulance 999, • Fire Brigade 998, • Police 997. Mobile Phone Assistance 112, Tourists can use the following emergency number during the summer season: • 800 200 300, +48-608 599 999. Publisher: Polska Organizacja Turystyczna / Polish Tourist Organisation 00-613 Warszawa, ul. Chałubińskiego 8, tel. +(48-22) 536 70 69, fax +(48-22) 536 70 04 e-mail: email@example.com, www.pot.gov.pl Editor: Brandy Design - www.brandy.pl, Artintro - www.artintro.com.pl Text: D. Kulicka, Z. Antczak; Translation: Dutkiewicz; Photographs: Ł. Grimix, D. Zaród, Hotel Amax, Hotel Klimczok, Hotel Senator, “Agora”, health resort archives and POT.