Monday, 1 April 2013

B for BALNEOLOGY


Balneology (the short version) is the study of baths and bathing, particularly therapeutic bathing (wikipedia)

You know what I’m thinking? 
Career change! :D



The slightly longer version--balneotherapy (from Latin: balneum, "bath") is described as the treatment of disease by bathing, usually practiced at spas. It’s similar to another field of study called hydrotherapy. Balneotherapy may involve the following elements for treatment:


· Hot or cold water
· Massage through moving water 
· Relaxation or stimulation
· The use of mineral waters rich in elements such as silica, sulfur, selenium and radium, which are absorbed through the skin
· The use of medicinal clays known as ‘fangotherapy’

Any Balneologists need test subjects? (;



Other bitchin' B_ology words to ponder:



Bolgology: The science of blogging!

Batology:

       Now before you get all excited, no this is not the study of The Batman, that would be Batmanology, of which I would be an active member. Batology is actually the study of brambles, the plants in the genus Rubus which includes blackberries and raspberries. 
Cocktail anyone?

:D



62 comments:

  1. I just knew 'Batology' sounded too good to be true :P

    Yeah, you could definitely have a worse job than studying therapeutic baths! :)

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  2. I didn't know there was a science to blogging!

    Balneology would be a good name for a fancy spa tucked away at some resort.

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  3. Batology sounds like a great study (Now, I'm getting hungry) Although Batmanology would be kind of fun... maybe a bit wierd ;)

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  4. Hi Elise, thanks for dropping by my A post. Wow, I definitely want to study Balneology! Cheers, Mel

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  5. I guess Baneology would be the study of incomprehensible accents.

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  6. Would never have suspected there was a name for the study of baths! I look forward to my next hot bath. Thanks for this! Cheers

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  7. Balneology sounds like an interesting subject of study.

    I even practice it every now and then. My mother has a hot tub for a bath. :-D

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  8. I know lots of folk who are balneophobic... or would that be hydrophobic? Not sure...
    All I know is they DON'T like to bath.
    Couldn't blogolology be a better word for the science of blogging? :)

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  9. nudder gooder, el ;)

    i'd not mind to be paid about $50K/year [a modest fee] to study 'blarneyology' in ireland :)

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  10. As long as I don't actually need a disease first to be a test subject!

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  11. I love lying around in a bath, spa, bubbles, champagne, ahhhh! I could do this as an occupation, easily!

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  12. Just pop some fresh blackberries in my mouth while you give me one of those therapeutic baths and I'm good. :P

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  13. Hi Elise .. Balneology is a wonderful word, as is batology, or boglogy (or blogology?) ..

    These are wonderful .. cheers Hilary

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  14. Those therapeutic baths sound amazing!

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  15. I love "batmanology." Adamn West is definitely someone I would love to study!!!

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  16. Didn't actually know you could treat disease through bathing! Interesting stuff.

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  17. Another great word - makes bathing sound relaxing.

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  18. How odd that Batology is about plants?
    I want to study baths too. Where do I sign up?

    Laura Eno – A Shift in Dimensions

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  19. Never knew there was a science for blogging, and sounds relaxing, as long as no disease is needed.

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  20. I'd volunteer to be a bath studies test subject!

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  21. Elise,
    Great word. A new one for me. Although I do it almost every night and I didn't now what I was doing. It's epsom salt in the tub for me. A great way to get your magnesium.

    Manzanita
    Wanna buy a duck

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  22. Career change indeed. And I LOVE Big Bang Theory.

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  23. Balneology is my new favorite word.

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  24. I want a career change too. "Kids, keep it down! Mommy's working!" tee-hee :)

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  25. I love balneology--I could study really long, hot and leisurely baths forever.

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  26. I think I could use some therapy like that. Visiting from A-Z Challenge.

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  27. So, you're doing an 'ology' theme for your blogfest, eh? Brave gal, but grats to you :) I shall be dipping in once in a while to see how you are progressing through April.

    Laters, mes ami

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  28. Oh how I love a good bath! Have you ever tried Lush products? They smell like heaven.

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  29. Actually I have some family members who use baths to ease physical symptoms so I guess I'm glad for balneologists.

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  30. Yeah, okay, I did get excited about that whole Batology thing, but if it isn't the study of Batman, I'm out.

    I'll give Balneology a try though.

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  31. Okay, so can my disease be addiction to relaxing baths? Cause that's a thing, right? I love learning new stuff. Great post!

    Karen

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  32. The city of Bath, England would be famous for Balneology. It is just a coincidence that my first 2 posts were about Austen, quite a coincidence that you are all about therapeutic baths today.
    Katie atBankerchick Scratchings

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  33. balneology is a great scienec! i am absolutely in love with thermal waters and salted waters and in romania we have a diversity of places to choose for balnear treatment.

    great topic, Elise!

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  34. What a great word! Now I want to study bathing too.

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  35. Batology is a lot more exciting than it sounds. :)

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  36. Hahaha. Now that's putting your thinking cap on. Thanks for the A-Zing at News From Nowhere !

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  37. Hey Elise,

    Any truth to the rumour that Batman, who originated from "Cape Town"..yes, silly joke attempt, is now called "Bathman"? And no, don't you be um "Robin" my silly jokes!

    Interesting word you have submitted, Elise! :)

    Your starstruck fan,

    Gary :)

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    1. You Sir, are good. I tip my hat.
      Bathman however is busy robin soap suds all over his . . . well . . . let's just say the caped crusader is fighting grime, but he sends his best. (;

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  38. Huh, how interesting. And considering there's an entire city called Bath in England, I'd say balneology is a notable profession. I'll one of those fruit cocktails with mine please. ;)

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  39. Thanks everyone for taking the time to comment today! I really appreciate every single one. Sorry I can't reply to everyone individually during the Challenge, but I will make it over to your blogs! :D

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  40. I love a good soak-- ahhhh give me a glass of wine, bath salts, and an hour of quiet, uninterrupted time and I'm a happy girl. Good word choice today. I found a new title to put after my name!

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  41. Balneology does sound like a good career choice, indeed! Especially because you'd have to test everything to make sure it works:)

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  42. This is a very interesting theme choice! I like it!!

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  43. The study of bathing sounds like it would be a relaxing field to be involved in. :)

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  44. How do you get a job doing that??? Happy "B" Day!

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  45. Elise
    I'm all in...
    What a fun way to celebrate the A to Z challenge. I'm sure you are learning alot
    Enjoyed your visit
    Gr8 to meet you

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  46. Great post! Is there a separate word for the study of showers, do you suppose?

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  47. I need to get a job studying this...would sure help my dog who hates baths :)

    Damyanti @Daily(w)rite
    Co-host, A to Z Challenge 2013

    Twitter: @AprilA2Z
    #atozchallenge

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  48. One should always keep abreast of Batology, Elise. The early show was a hoot.

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  49. So I was right when I first read balneology. That sounds like a great job, hahaha.

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  50. "fangotherapy" sounds like something out of a vampire novel :) I'm totally going to have to look up the etiology of that one. Great pick on a word--I could easily become a professional balneologist!

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  51. And not the first time "I'm Batman" was quoted on that show. Sheldon said the same thing near the end of the second season's first show. It's always funny.

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  52. Batology suddeny became boring. I'd rather study about baths. Give me some Batman (not Sheldon's version) any day.

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  53. To quote Katniss Everdeen,

    "I VOLUNTEER!"

    But really. Therapeutic baths? Count me in (cocktails too)!

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  54. I'll be a test subject, as long as there are no creepy crawlers amongst the bath soak!

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  55. oooh i want to study therapuetic bathing. i can see it now... soaking by candlelight, ignoring the laundry and dishes, and the hubs asks me what the heck i'm doing.... research. :) fun! I'll be back tomorrow - and I'm a new follower. Glad A-Z introduced me to you.

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  56. Thanks for the education here, a nice long warm soak sounds lovely right now. I'm sure that I will be stopping by again to learn more. P.S. I love your header.

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  57. There is study of blogging - who knew. Fun post.

    Rhonda @Laugh-Quotes.com
    AtoZ #42

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  58. Career change indeed! The study of therapeutic bathing...yes, I'm sure I could live quite happily ever after participating in that!

    Very enjoyable series so far!
    Jen

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