In the Váh River valley, between the cities of Považská Bystrica and Púchov, stands Nimnica Spa, one of the youngest in Slovakia. This dynamic spa at the foot of Javorníky over the Dam of Youth has gained a great reputation.
A majority of Nimnica Spa’s clients are Slovaks. Some people come here to treat their diseases or strengthen their health with preventative treatments, while others simply come for some peace and relaxation.
The spa currently has more than 500 beds in seven spa houses. All of them are completely reconstructed. The main building, Balnea Grand, provides medical care, overnight stay, and nearly all of the spa’s procedures. Visitors can also take in picturesque views at the Medical Wellness Centre, enjoy delicious meals at Restaurant Impresia and explore the Congress Hall. Nimnica spa is surrounded by a park full of the green, flowers, many benches, two lakes, a mini “Stonehenge”, a brook, an outdoor fitness facility, a multifunctional playing field, and a playground. Soon to be completed is the construction of a new cultural – social centre with additional services like bowling, table tennis, and billiards, along with a playing room for children, confectionery, bar, large hall, hairdresser, and a place to get pedicures and manicures.
The spa’s natural source of healing mineral water was found by chance during the construction of the Dam of the Youth in 1953. While workers were deepening a pit, they discovered hard water that destroyed their tools. However, they later found that the water was treating their various health problems. Several professional studies certified the unique composition of the mineral water, which became a vital part of the spa. In fact, the spa has since become a beloved place for descendants of some of the former workmen.
Nimnica Spa treats mostly respiratory tract illnesses (asthma, allergies, etc.), along with cardiac – vascular, digestive, gynecologic, oncologic, nerve, metabolic, glandular, and occupational diseases. Visitors with movement-related problems can also find relief at Nimnica.
Many procedures are offered in this spa, including massages, inhalations, electrical and magnetic healing, baths and exercise with physiotherapists.
The mineral water is partly to highly mineralized, carbonic, mild acidic, and hypotonic. It contains sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, hydrocarbons, iodides, and chlorides and is used for bathing, inhalation and consumption.
Bathing in the mineral water deposits carbonic oxide onto blood vessels of the skin and supplies the body with nutrients, causing vasodilatation (broadening of blood-vessels), and hyperemia (more blood in the tissues). This has a detoxifying effect.
Blood pressure decreases, and diuresis increases. The mineral bath lasts 20 minutes and is indicated by oncologic, cardiac-vascular, movement, gynecologic and occupational diseases.
Inhalation of Nimnica mineral water positively influences the mucous membrane of the respiratory tract, reduces inflammation, and brings some relief by coughing.
Drinking the healing water influences mucous membranes of the digestive system, relieving inflammation while improving peristalsis of the stomach and intestines. It even helps those with diabetes because it improves the effect of insulin.
However, Nimnica spa is not just a place for your body; it will heal your spirit, too. Come and see.