Board Member Highlight: David Erlich

In this Highlight series, we get to know the leaders of BANA. 

Board Member Highlight: David Erlich, Spa Director at Spa of the Rockies, Glenwood Springs.

Mentor - David ErlichDavid Erlich is the newest BANA Board Member, appointed at the June annual meeting. His twenty plus years in the hospitality and spa industries led him to Colorado when he accepted the position as Spa Director at Spa of the Rockies, located in Glenwood Springs in its historic bathhouse.

Erlich’s career has taken him across the globe, from Hawaii to the Middle East, and he admits his new locale is quite a change from Hawaii’s near perfect year-round temperatures. As a passionate outdoorsman and competitive triathlete, Erlich says that living in Colorado is a great experience.

To live and work in a health conscious environment, “…….and to have the mineral waters available,” he says, “is part of the reason I accepted the position.”

During his tenure, he has established several health focused spa treatments. He recommends a maintenance program of mineral water soaks and healing massage to maximize one’s physical wellbeing.  “This should be a part of everyone’s lifestyle,” Erlich says.  Promoting maximum health and wellness is the community’s top priority, and it’s Erlich’s passion as well.

Where and When did you first ‘Take the Waters’?
My first exposure to hot springs geothermal water was as a young child in Germany. My father was stationed there in the military as a pilot. I was 8-10 years old in Heidelberg, Germany and we traveled throughout Europe extensively during those three years. I have fond memories in Stuttgart and Berchtesgaden along with soaks in Baden-Baden. I have been an avid soaker ever since!

What projects are you currently working on for BANA?
I am currently preparing to co-host a round table discussion at Manitou Springs Waterfest with Deborah Smith that will be a small panel discussion with an open format, discussing hot springs operational challenges and any other topic concluded for this format.

What is the current interest for Hot Springs in the United States and North America?
Hot Springs are where it’s at! Based on the most recent industry research from Spa Finder last year.

BANA Presents at Manitou Springs, Colorado Waterfest Sept 30 – Oct 1, 2016

 

Manitou Springs, CO Waterfest Sept 30-Oct 1 2016

Manitou Springs, CO Waterfest Sept 30-Oct 1 2016

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Culture and History:
Professor, J. Paul De Vierville, Ph.D., MSSW, LCSW, LPC, Director: Spa Cultures, Dream Times & Cosmos and Deborah Harrison, Local author and historian will share great images and explore the history of Manitou Springs and the development of global spa cultures.
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Health & Wellbeing:
Michele Solloway, Ph. D, MPA, Assistant Scientist, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Marcus Coplin, ND, naturopathic practitioner will review  the science, best practices, and health benefits of mineral water therapy.
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Business & Economics:
Deborah Smith, MBA, CMC, Smith Club & Spa Specialists and David Erlich, Director, Spa of the Rockies, Glenwood Springs, CO will facilitate a interactive roundtable for Mineral Springs Owners & Operators. Sharing and learning about challenges & opportunities for the 21st century.

 

Board Member Highlight: Marcus Coplin

In this Highlight series, we get to know the leaders of BANA. 

Board Member Highlight: Marcus Coplin, ND, Doctor of Naturophatic Medicine, Bastyr University, Seattle, Washington.

drcoplinMarcus Coplin, represents North America in the nonprofit organization, International Scientific Medical Hydrology (ISMH). As a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, which has its roots in the German balneology movement of the late nineteenth century, Dr. Coplin’s vocation ignited his interest in balneology. In time, his interest turned to passion.

When he decided to leave his practice in New York City, and before moving back to California, Dr. Coplin took a six month sabbatical…..traveling throughout Europe and stoping at springs, baths and resorts to contrast balneology in Europe compared to the United States. Dr. Coplin found that, “Health communities and medical services surround natural mineral springs and baths. Balneology is respected and recognized for the physical and emotional benefits it provides.”

He is eager to assist BANA in its development of site specific information regarding the nine geological regions of North America.  “…… so people can make a more informed decision when choosing a specific type of mineral water. For example, a highly sulfurous spring is excellent for various skin conditions.” Dr. Coplin added that our proven symbiotic relationship with natural mineral waters should encourage the practice of balneology. He is convinced that the simple act of bathing in mineral waters relates to wellness; in relaxation, physical and emotional therapy, and prevention and treatment of disease.

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Board Member Highlight: Michelle Solloway

In this Highlight series, we get to know the leaders of BANA. 

Board Member Highlight: Michelle Solloway, PhD, MPA, RPP, Senior Research Scientist at the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative at the Johns Hopkins University.

Solloway_Head ShotMichele Solloway, Board Secretary and Events Chair for BANA, brings to the organization a breadth of experience in health services research and policy, neuroscience, city & regional planning and other the social sciences, grant writing and fund raising, and organizational expertise. She is also a certified advanced polarity practitioner. She is another branch of diversity that BANA provides its members and the general public.

Dr. Solloway’s professional interest have led her to projects and goals that seek to help vulnerable children and families, “the underserved of society.” She is currently engaged in in a number of projects on childhood trauma and family engagement that bring together emerging neuroscience, epigenetics, and health care research on trauma and resilience to promote early and lifelong health and wellbeing, including mind-body approaches to healing. Balneology offers one such approach.

When she was approached by BANA to participate on the Board, she became aware of how mineral springs soaking for health and wellness (balneology), appeared to be a match for her many branches of research and interest, including her work as a body/energy worker. “There is scientific evidence that balneology can help with many physical and emotional disorders; osteoarthritis, low back pain, fibromyalgia, and PTSD. Through her work at the VA, she learned that in the early 1900’s many of the VA hospitals were built on hot springs sites, as it was one of the best and only remedies fat that time or “shell shock”, or what is now called PTSD.

Optimistic by nature, Dr. Solloway says, “Balneology is for anyone and everyone interested in their own health and well-being.”

Where and When did you first ‘Take the Waters’?
My grandmother was very forward thinking and lived in Europe early in her adult life, so was exposed to and loved taking the waters. I recall being very young (5 or 6 perhaps) and going to Dessert Hot Springs and mud baths with her when it was very undeveloped. It was an amazing thing to be exposed to as a child and of course I just loved it! Our soaking became a tradition for us and a deep bonding experience.

What projects are you currently working on for BANA?
I am the events coordinator and we are working on developing thought-leader conference calls and webinars on various topics, including health and wellness, geology and hydrology, water and environmental policy, and culture of the waters. Anyone interested in these calls and webinars, please contact me (msolloway@cahmi.org)! We are also collaborating with Peak Living Project for a “Waterfest” festival in Manitou Springs in September 2016. We hope you all can join us!

Board Member Highlight: Chris Devlin

In this Highlight series, we get to know the leaders of BANA. 

Board Member Highlight: Chris Devlin, FNP, EdS Nurse Practitioner for Alaska Tribal Health System.

bana pic for bioChris Devlin, who has been the Board Chair for BANA since 2014, takes his organizational development and leadership skills into BANA’s vision for the future.

Devlin sees BANA’s educational focus as most important “….in addition to touting the benefits of bathing in mineral springs, but, also, in providing a source and network that can cross all lines of balneological interest and study”.

A family Nurse Practitioner for over 30 years, Devlin spent most of his career working within the Alaska Tribal Health system, including a decade as the Executive Director for a non-profit tribal health organization providing care throughout the Aleutian Islands. He describes himself as “semi retired” now and is engaged with developing a sustainable, 55 and older cooperative in Hot Springs, Montana. The town of about 600 people has several public outdoor mineral spring pools, as well as indoor private tub bathing options.

“The Alameda Hot Springs Retreat [which he is one of nine cooperative shareholders] is more low key, quiet and peaceful.” Guests can soak in mineral water in the privacy of their room.  He explained that the area was originally a peaceful gathering place, for nearby Tribes. Later, settlers moved to the Camas Springs area, and the town grew….for awhile. Prosperity was short lived. Like so many “mineral water” towns, the soaking boom began to fade in the 1950’s.

Devlin sees a resurgence happening in people soaking in hot springs for health and wellness. He spends as much time as possible soaking in hot springs, sometimes traveling to remotes parts of the world to do so! In addition to his interest in the balneotheraputic uses of thermal mineral water, he is also interested in the “direct use” of the resource in sustainable energy and permaculture practices.

Where and When did you first ‘Take the Waters’?
Liard Hot Springs, BC, Canada, in November 1974. Hitchhiking from Alaska to NYC. Saw a “hot spring” on the map and asked the driver to stop so we could check it out.  A wonderful memory of a first soak!

What projects are you currently working on for BANA?
 I’ve been focused on internal BANA governance issues and on “spreading the word” about Balneology to colleagues in the medical field.

What is the current interest in Hot Spring in the United States and North America?
I’ve recently participated in the development of a 55 and older “hot spring” housing cooperative in MT.

What industry opportunities do you feel BANA is ready to meet?
We can provide support and information to “hot springs communities” trying to re-new public interest in soaking.

What is your main goal for BANA in 2016?
I’d like to see progress on developing educational offerings for health providers.

Hot Springs Festival-Truth or Consequences, New Mexico May 13-15 2016

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May 13-15, 2016
Truth or Consequences Hot Springs Festival
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday, May 13th – Afternoon and Evening
Yoga
Clothing Swap
Keynote – Janet Abbott, President Balneology Association of North America
Welcome Dance featuring the New World Drummers
Saturday, May 14th


Guided morning hike of the Healing Waters Trail
Music by Azaima Anderson, Phydeaux 3, Rob Carey, Cactus Tractor, Elise Brianne, Double Clutchers, New World Drummers
Vendors from 10am-8pm.
Workshops and Presentations
Art in Adobe with Francisco “Pancho” Ochoa
Weaving with Caroline Kral
EcoBuilding by Catherine Wanek
Aromatherapy/ Raindrop Therapy by Jeannie Nichols
CranioSacral Therapy with Sydney Wilkes
Worm Casting with Rand Berger
Solar by George Szigeti
Tincture Making by Yarrow Dankert
The European Approach to Taking the waters by Dr. Joann Love
Dog Yoga by Tamra Temple
Untame Yourself by Rev. Azaima Anderson
Drinking from the Well that Sustains Us by Rose Gordon
Sound/Vibrational Healing by Chris Slate
Chakras and Reflexology by Kamy Shaw
Healing Springs: The Importance to the Apaches by Chris Adams
History of Healing in Truth or Consequences by Sherry Fletcher
Midwifery, Natural Birth, and Prenatal Care by Heather Rische
Other Activities
Massage/Reiki/Reflexology Area
Children’s Activities
Hot Springs Tours
Hikes of Hidden Canyon
Field Trip to the Crystal Labyrinth in Animas Creek
Yoga
Scavenger Hunt
Flute Maker/Player Ingrid Burg
Portraits by Leo Neufeld
Tai Chi
Authors Corner
Second Saturday Art Hop 6-9pm
Sunday, May 15th
Community Breakfast and Keynote Speaker- Stormwater Harvesting and Conservation by Van Clothier
Field Trip to Kingston’s Black Range Lodge Open House – Home of EcoBuilder and Author Catherine Wanek
Most events are free. Some will charge a nominal fee. Tickets for those events will go on sale April 21st. Schedule is subject to change.

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Blackstone Hotsprings
Charles Hot Spring, Motel & Spa
Fire Water Lodge
Indian Springs
La Paloma Hot Springs & Spa
Pelican Spa
Riverbend Hot Springs
Sierra Grande Lodge

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Board Member Highlight: Janet Abbott

In this Highlight series, we get to know the leaders of BANA. 

Board Member Highlight: Janet Abbott, TLMT, teacher and researcher of integrative health and wellness systems and geothermal mineral waters.

Janet_PR 008Janet Abbott, Board President, brings to BANA a geological perspective of what lies beneath the earth’s surface. Her personal research and work with the US Geological Survey makes her the ideal person to set the course for BANA’s goals in 2015 through 2018.

Her years in the health and wellness field lend the perfect blend of guidance and wisdom to organizational goals; to inform, educate and raise general awareness to the benefits found in mineral water bathing. “We plan to add testimonials from our members because mineral waters can be transformational,” Abbott says.

As an advocate, “……bathing in mineral waters for health and wellness is one of our initiatives, and my intention is to help shape the organization’s vision for the future.” The general public needs to be educated,” Abbott added. “The positive health effects the body receives through a soaking experience in warm mineral water chemistry for therapy and healing is what BANA is all about.”

Where and When did you first ‘Take the Waters’?
In Bonita Springs, Florida near Shangri-La Health Resort in 1977.

What projects are you currently working on for BANA?
As President of BANA, I am working with all committee chairs on our current projects which include our Map Project, BANA Website as our outreach medium, BANA Periodical #2, Stories/Testimonial collections and the Manitou Springs Fall Water Festival.

What is the current interest in Hot Springs in the United States and North America?Hot springs continue to be of interest to all living beings throughout our history on this earth.  In the U.S., there are hundreds of hot springs in natural settings open to the public and some privately owned.  Water Stewards oversee destination locations ranging from small user-friendly styles to resort establishments with amenities. Seekers of warm mineral waters number in the hundreds of thousands coming from all over the world to visit sites in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

What industry opportunity to you feel BANA is ready to meet?
Developing relationships with water stewards to network mineral water interests through our Map Project.  Broaden the ‘Language of The Waters’ through our website and periodical to include guiding interests via education on the benefits of soaking in mineral waters and drinking mineral waters.  Outreach to water specialists at levels of government, university labs, hydrology, geology in order to establish an understanding of what, where, why, how, and when warm mineral waters are a valuable inclusion in practices of health and wellbeing.

What is your main goal for BANA in 2016?
To make anyone and everyone feel welcome to join BANA in acknowledgement and practice of The Waters in North America as valuable and beneficial to us.

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BANA Annual Meeting in Glenwood Springs

BANA Annual Meeting in Glenwood Springs

Balneology Association of North America (BANA) convened in Glenwood Springs, Colorado for its third annual business meeting. The nonprofit organization Board Members gathered with local community leaders, including BANA member, Kjell Mitchell, CEO of Glenwood Hot Springs. The Lodge at Glenwood Hot Springs hosted the group with a reception and introduction to The Waters.

The town, located in Glenwood Canyon and the Roaring Fork Valley, is known for its thermal mineral springs. Glenwood Hot Springs…the largest geothermal mineral waters pool in North America and an ancient sacred healing site with bathing pools and vapor caves is used continuously by humanity from a time before written history.

It was the perfect location to explore one of the most pristine examples of good stewardship and use of mineral waters as a natural resource. The town has developed around the springs, but, always with conscientious planning, historic preservation, and conservation in mind.

“The exchange of ideas in a place like Glenwood Springs is very important,” says Janet Abbott, newly elected president.

11742659_1013570662017178_2649594509504322992_n-2Facilitating the business meeting was Chris Devlin, Board Chair for BANA since 2014, who takes his organizational development and leadership skills into BANA’s vision for the future. Devlin addressed the organization’s three-tiered approach to promoting BANA; health, stewardship, and wellness tourism.

Devlin sees BANA’s educational focus as most important“…..not only in recognizing the benefits of bathing in mineral springs, but, also, in providing a source and network that can cross all lines of balneological interest and study”.

As to specific goals, Devlin spoke on the “map project,” the first of its’ kind. Through the map project, BANA hopes to educate those who are interested to explore this century’s options for optimum health and maximum well-being.

We are discussing events for the more immediate future,” says Board Member, Dr. Michelle Solloway. BANA is planning to facilitate regional educational and experiential meetings. “Balneology is for anyone and everyone interested in their own health and well-being.”

A final item on the agenda was to nominate and vote on a prospective Board Member, David Erlich, Director of The Spa of the Rockies (located in Glenwood’s original bathhouse). “To live and work in a health conscious environment, “…and to have the mineral waters available,” David says, “is part of the reason I accepted the position.”

The following board member presentations touched on ‘Inspiration for BANA Vision next 3-5 years’ and a synthesis of common and divergent themes.

Dr. Jonathan Paul De Vierville, Board Vice President, gave a presentation of Glenwood Hot Springs History and Context. He began his presentation by noting that the group convened in one of the most pristine examples of good stewardship in the use and sharing of The Waters. “Glenwood Springs is a great example of a large, hot, single source mineral spring, with a network of vapor caves.” He reflected upon the area’s first peoples……the nomadic tribes that trekked across the land for thousands of years.
Although times are different from the earlier Taking-the-Waters movement of the 18th and 19th centuries, De Vierville sees “…..new research, information, knowledge and understanding with mineral springs and balneology.”

Janet Abbott, Board President, presented a visioning overview and opened strategic planning discussion. She explained that as an advocate, “……bathing in mineral waters for health and wellness is one of our initiatives.

“The general public needs to be educated,” Abbott added, “The positive health effects the body receives through an experience of warm mineral water chemistry for therapy and healing is what BANA is all about.”

Board Member, Marcus Coplin, who represents North America in the nonprofit organization, International Scientific Medical Hydrology (ISMH), spoke at the International Scientific Meeting of Balneology, Medical Hydrology and Climatolgy, held in conjunction with the 39th ISMH World Congress in Kyoto, Japan in May 2014. Dr. Coplin recapped his presentation, Responses of the Human Body to Stimuli from Nature, before the BANA Board.  “Everything from listening to the surf roll in and roll out to a soak in warm mineral waters “…..has an affect on the body’s chemistry,” Dr. Coplin says.

He is interested in development of site specific information regarding the nine geological regions of North America.  “…… so people can make a more informed decision when choosing a specific type of mineral water. For example, a highly sulfurous spring is excellent for various skin conditions.”

Deborah Smith, Board Treasurer, spoke to the assembled group and presented a plan to further BANA’s goals. She asserts that by “…..broadening BANA’s outreach, through many different communication platforms, societal awareness will motivate change in the health care industry and in people’s lives.”

“We intend to plan,” says Smith, “an outline that supports responsible development and operation of mineral springs sites and facilities.”

Another organizational focus, Smith says, is Wellness Tourism. “BANA hopes to support those involved in local or regional economic development and/or commerce, adding that people are seeking out “wellness destinations.”

The group’s purpose for their Colorado weekend was BANA and the business at hand for the new year, however, time was made to enjoy Glenwood Springs and its surroundings. Board members spent time soaking in Glenwood’s mineral water pools. They enjoyed the vapor caves at Yampah Caves and Spa, and concluded their Annual Meeting at Avalanche Ranch, located in nearby Crystal River Valley.

We thank and acknowledge Diane Elliott, journalist and writer about hot spring sites for this narrative on BANA: Annual Conference at Glenwood Hot Springs, Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

BANA is moving right along…

The Balneology Association of North America (BANA) will meet for our 2015 annual meeting in Colorado, USA.  We are reviewing regions for our upcoming map of North America mineral water sites, developing our programs and touring Glenwood Hot Springs.

Results from our annual meeting will be posted in our next newsletter. Please join us to be included in our network of Balneology of North America.

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The Balneology Association of North America (BANA) is publishing periodic newsletters with the intent to inform and direct the reader’s attention towards the various geo-thermal mineral water sources and sites, springs and wells, baths and pools found widely spread and mapped across the North American continental landscape.

In most places these site-specific water sources offer direct and regular opportunities for personally experiencing the numerous benefits of Balneology.  Balneology is the study and practice of the arts, sciences, applications, therapies and communities for Baths and Bathing.

The BANA Newsletter plans to bring new research, information and education about The Waters, Seasons and Climates of North America, especially as this information relates to the proper and regular use of natural mineral waters for wellness, health care, therapeutics and rehabilitative benefits.The hygienic, healthful, and therapeutic use of natural mineral waters is accomplished by means of soaking, floating, steaming and drinking The Waters as well as resting and sleeping at these sites.

Throughout North America there are natural hydrologic districts and watershed commonwealths that include distinct geothermal regions.  Within these Regions there exists extensive natural geo-thermal mineral water sources that have been used for centuries, if not millennia, for wellness and health, therapy and healing. Also, these Regions are identified and distinguished by various latitudes, longitudes, and altitudes along with their seasonal weather and climatic conditions.
In each BANA Newsletter, we plan to present Regional profiles and maps of the natural mineral water locations along with introductions as to how The Waters have been/are being/and in new locations will be used for wellness and health, therapy and rehabilitation.  This may include first hand personal experiences and stories that are hoped to inspire and contribute to the Vision and Mission of BANA.

Glenwood Hot Springs Pools and Vapor Caves, Colorado: A Brief Profile
Buried high and deep within the long chain of the great Rocky Mountains at a central point in the North American continent are several ancient Vapor Caves through which hot (F 122)mineral waters have been flowing for millions of years; or as the indigenous families and tribes of the Ute once told in their healing stories…”since a Time before Time.” On the surface and rushing out from under the rocks at a rate of 3.5 million gallons per day and pouring into a 19th century stone edged floating pool (1888) and 20th century swimming pool (the largest natural geo-thermal mineral water pool in the Americas) are The Waters of Glenwood Hot Springs.
The Waters of this site-specific source emerge onto the surface and into the floating pools after having worked their wandering ways within, around, up, and out of the deep earth.
Along the way and passing over and through centuries of geological strata The Waters have become infused with an abundant supply of Nature’s minerals including: sodium chloride, potassium sulfate, calcium sulfate and calcium bicarbonate, with traces of boron, lithium, potassium, magnesium, manganese, iron, silica, zinc, fluoride, phosphate and nitrogen.
The Source of The Waters at Glenwood Hot Springs in the State of Colorado is centrally located midway between the Canadian and Mexican borders as well as  distant from the Atlantic, Great Lakes, Gulf, and Pacific Coasts.
West of the lower Great Plains and east of the high desert, where rainfall is sparse, each spring, high in mountains, the melting snowpack flows into rocky streams, swelling springs, rivers and lakes in turn transforms the landscape, plants, animals and humans with renewed life.
It is estimated that around 13 millennia ago, perhaps longer, the Ute, a nomadic tribal people of the Great Basin were the first people to use The Waters and Caves at Glenwood Hot Springs.  Historically they called the place:  “Yampah” or “Big Medicine.”  Long considered as sacred healing waters, the Ute them for bathing, steaming, sweating, inhaling and drinking.In the decades following the American Civil War a group of American and European investors purchased the land around the springs in order to develop and build what they came to name: The Glenwood Hot Springs and Hotel Colorado.

Today, The Glenwood Hot Springs welcomes all to visit, sit, soak, swim, play, relax, rest, sleep and experience, fully… The Waters in a high mountain environment that combines the historically restored sandstone bathhouse and spa with a contemporary grand geo-thermal mineral water pool and newly renovated lodge.

The Glenwood Hot Springs  —  Timeless Balneological Experiences.

Besides Glenwood Hot Springs, the State of Colorado lists another 26 Hot Spring site specific sources and destinations within the Rocky Mountain Region. For the other 26 hot springs spas of Colorado, read ‘27 Colorado Hot Springs Quick Guide‘.