When it comes to improving one’s health, there is one treatment that has endured since antiquity: warm water relief. Such treatment is reported to date to the time of Hippocrates in ancient Greece (c. 460 370 BC), when baths were considered to have healing qualities.
The Romans made thermal bathing an every day experience and introduced such baths throughout its empire, including Britain — notably in Bath, England. (Jane Austen lovers will recall mentions of Bath as a curing place in her most popular novels.)
Later, during the Renaissance, “taking the waters” became the term for warm water treatment; indeed, it has been reported that both Michelangelo and da Vinci used such waters.