EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark. -

This town is known unofficially as Little Switzerland in the Ozarks. As its name suggests, natural mineral water brought explorers, settlers and health conscious people here.

In 1879, a local doctor's skin condition was improved by the water from its abundant, gurgling springs. That news quickly spread and turned the isolated area in the Ozark Mountains into a national resort attraction.

Its Victorian architecture and charm continues to bring folks from all over the country. The springs are still a draw to this day. The spa business is like none other you'll find.

They came for the waters, although Native Americans had discovered the mineral springs long before.

"The natives believed this area to be sacred," said spa owner Cat Bernstein.

Word of healing waters spread during the Victorian era, and thousands came believing the waters would heal them. Eurekans built fine new hotels, bath houses and fancy homes to cater to these miracle seekers.

Decades later, it was over. Health seekers went elsewhere.  But it continues to be a spa town, and Bernstein's spa at the New Orleans hotel is among several.

"We use the Tibetan light touch,” said Bernstein, demonstrating on one of her clients.