Belarus has long been popular as a great place for holidays and recreation. Belarus boasts:
- - mild climate
- - beautiful nature and clean environment
- - well-equipped sanatoria and recreation centers
- - experienced medical professionals and healthcare personnel
- - highly-efficient treatment procedures
The CIS only speleotherapy chamber is located in Belarus. It offers treatment in special underground facilities in what earlier was a mine. Many sanatoria in Belarus also operate speleotherapy chambers which walls are made from salt blocks from the ancient Starobin deposit.
Near Lake Naroch, which is the biggest lake in Belarus, there is the country’s biggest balneotherapeutic and climatic health resort. The only Belarusian health resort area, Naroch, is also located here.
Belarusian sanatoria are situated in eco-friendly zones such as pine forests and banks of rivers and lakes. Many of them are located near or directly in the territory of landscape protection areas, including the largest state nature reserves.
The largest state nature reserves:
- •the Narochansky National Park (11 sanatoria and health resorts)
- •the Berezinsky Biosphere Reserve (sanatoria Borovoye and Lesnoye)
- •the Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park (the Belaya Vezha sanatorium)
- •the Braslavskiye Ozera National Park (the Rosinka children's sanatorium)
Health resort treatment in Belarus
Although Belarus is a land-locked country, recreation has centuries-long traditions here.
The history of health resort treatment in Belarus dates back to the mid-19th century though prototypes of sanatoria had existed here even earlier. In the 16th century healing springs of Barkovshchina (today’s Ushachi District, Vitebsk Oblast) were marked on the maps of Europe. By 1830 there was a kind of hospital there that offered baths and mineral water. In 1855 doctor Nemirovsky opened a private sanatorium there. The sanatorium was popular with Europeans. Today the Lesnye Ozera sanatorium is located in this ancient health resort area.
In 1892 a talented Belarusian physicist, doctor and inventor Yakub Narkevich-Yodko opened the Nad-Neman sanatorium in his Nadneman estate (today’s Uzda District, Minsk Oblast). This sanatorium practiced the most cutting-edge methods of health improvement: medicinal baths, special gymnastics, mineral water and healthy diet. The main feature of the sanatorium was electrotherapy and electro massage that were invented and patented by Narkevich-Yodko himself. In 1986 a special health institution that used mare's milk, or kumis, to treat people was opened at the sanatorium. People from Bashkortostan came to help local doctors prepare special medicinal kumis for patients. The Podyelniki sanatorium is now located near the former estate Nadneman.
Health resort treatment in Belarus
Currently Belarus operates:
•75 sanatoria for adults
•7 sanatoria for kids
•12 rehabilitation and health improvement centers for children
•2 rehabilitation centers
•17 health and recreation resorts for students
General therapeutic treatment is carried out, too.
A trademark of Belarusian sanatoria is balneotherapeutic treatment. Hydrotherapeutic procedures including baths, showers, ablutions, inhalations and medical drinking are carried out with the use of natural mineral water and fresh water enhanced with plant essences and aromatic oils.
Almost all Belarusian sanatoria use water from their own mineral springs as well as sapropelic and peat mud to improve their patients’ health.
Effective physiotherapeutic procedures are carried out with the help of modern equipment. Some sanatoria offer up to 200 kinds of medical services.
Massage rooms, baths, saunas and cryosaunas are also available. Other treatment methods include acupuncture and the use of leeches and bees.
The Belarusian sanatoria also take advantage of various SPA technologies. Some treatment methods such as SPA capsules, baths or wrapping, are practiced by almost all sanatoria.
Nearly all sanatoria now offer comprehensive SPA programs including baths with sea water and salt, a dozen types of massage (both classic and Oriental, mud and algae treatment, wrapping and stone therapy.
Such SPA centers and salons operate in the Priozerny and Yunost sanatoria.
Extra pay is needed to get extra treatment procedures.
Upon arrival guests must pay a visitor's tax which amounts to two or three percent of the cost of stay.
Health improvement in the Belarusian sanatoria can be combined with an excursion and entertainment program. Tourists who stay in the sanatoria are offered tours to famous sights of Belarus. It is also possible to visit theaters or participate in interesting and unusual festivals.
Active lifestyle enthusiasts can go hiking, take a car tour or simply go fishing or hunting.
Another alternative is shopping. Tourists can buy famous Belarusian brands and exclusive souvenirs.
Organization of treatment and improvement:
- •the familiarization with the application and submitted medical documents
- •selection of the most appropriate treatment or improvement
- •the coordination of all details
- •booking of your stay in a sanatorium or health center
- •visa support
- •meeting at the airport
- •transfer to a sanatorium or health center
- •translation services