The origins of the steam bath come from the Roman bath, which began during the height of the Roman Empire. Ancient Roman baths served many community and social functions within Roman society. Many citizens in Rome used Roman public baths, regardless of socioeconomic status. These Roman baths were supplied by natural hot springs from beneath the ground.
Historical parts of a spa – Roman, medieval, Georgian and Victorian have been restored in Bath, England and are available as a public bath or Thermae.