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What is Thalassotherapy

  • Published: 2009-03-29 : Author: Elizabeth B.
  • Synopsis: Thalassotherapy is the therapeutic use of seawater commonly used to address skin problems and conditions.

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Thalassotherapy, as a practice, originated in beach municipalities in Brittany, France in the 19th century. Thalassotherapy is the therapeutic use of seawater, and is commonly used to address skin problems and conditions.

The term Thalassotherapy came from the Greek word thalassos which means "sea".

Thalassotherapy, as a practice, originated in beach municipalities in Brittany, France in the 19th century. Thalassotherapy is the therapeutic use of seawater, and is commonly used to address skin problems and conditions.

Seawater contains many healthy nutrients such as magnesium, potassium, sodium and calcium sulphate's. These nutrients can be absorbed directly through our pores.

Thalassotherapy is intended to tone, moisturize and invigorate the skin and body while enhancing circulation.

The benefits of seawater can be enjoyed using a variety of methods such as bathing in warm seawater, applying seawater in the form of a mud or algae paste, or it can be taken through inhalation. Seawater and sea salts are often present in shower gel, bath salts, mud baths, seaweed wraps, and mud packs.

Thalassotherapy has many benefits. Seawater therapy relaxes and heals as it gently cleanses the skin, reduces the appearance of cellulite, boosts the immune system, and improves the quality of sleep.

Thalassotherapy is believed to treat people with circulatory problems such as hypertension and arteriosclerosis; respiratory conditions such as asthma and bronchitis; muscle atrophy and forms of chronic inflammation such as rheumatic arthritis.

If it's your first time to try Thalassotherapy, there are a few things you should expect. If you choose the seaweed wrap, you will be wrapped for 1 hour in seaweed, which is often soaked in herbs prior to your visit. After the wrapping, you will be massaged by the therapist to stimulate circulation.

First, find a spa near you that offers Thalassotherapy. If you are still undecided on which method you prefer, call the spa and ask them more information and for recommendations.

You should seek the advice of health professionals before trying any new treatment. Your Therapist might question you about your health background to ensure the treatment is appropriate and safe.

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