Originating in 19th century France, Thalassotherapy comes from the Greek word for "sea", and is the therapeutic use of seawater or salt water as well as marine products such as algae, seaweed, and marine mud to improve health and beauty.
The principle behind thalassotherapy is that repeated immersion in warm seawater, marine mud, and protein-rich algae helps restore the body's natural chemical balance. Seawater and human plasma are very similar in terms of mineral content and when immersed in warm seawater, the body absorbs the minerals it needs -- trace elements of magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium, and iodide -- through the skin.
Thalassotherapy comes in various forms, and encompasses hydrotherapy, such as mineral-rich showers, seawater pools, and hydro-massage, and algotherapy, such as seaweed, algae or mud baths and wraps. Marine extracts can also be found in products used for facials, manicures and pedicures.
Most modern thalassotherapy centres are located by the ocean in destinations such as Portugal, Greece, France and Spain and have complex facilities, including pools of varying sizes and temperatures for various purposes. The seawater comes from a depth of 40 feet so there is no surface pollution. It also comes from some distance from shore.
Benefits Of A Thalassotherapy Retreat
Thalassotherapy today is used to treat a multitude of health problems, including muscle aches, joint pains, and other ailments involving stiffness, swelling, and tenderness. Health conditions including fatigue, back pain, poor circulation, and arthritis respond remarkably well to thalasso treatments, as do skin disorders such as psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema. More recently thalasso has also been used for stress relief and weight loss.
Thalassotherapy works because repeated bathing in warm seawater, marine mud, protein-rich algae, and various micronized seaweeds can restore the body’s natural chemical balance. In addition, the warmth of the water promotes healthy muscles and joints, and the salt is beneficial to the skin.
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Vilalara Longevity Thalassa Break
Vilalara Longevity Thalassa & Medical Spa | Portugal
Give your wellbeing a little boost with Vilalara Longevity's Thalassa Break programme.Following a medical consultation, you will enjoy a variety of treatments and therapies, including pressotherapy, which helps to promote the body’s natural toxin eliminating functions.As part of your prog…
Marbella Club Mediterranean Lifestyle
Marbella Club Spain | Spain
Marbella Club's signature programme is inspired by the healing benefits of the Mediterranean lifestyle and natural elements, leaving you looking and feeling more revitalized and radiant. A combination of facials, body treatments and personalised massages will exfoliate and calm, allowing for a …
Divani Armonia Programme
Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso | Greece
Based on the ancient belief of the Greek philosopher Hippocrates, that there must be equilibrium between a person and their environment in order to achieve internal harmony Divani Apollon Palace and Thalasso have created the Armonia programme.Available over two or five nights, you will enjoy Greek …
SHA Rebalance Programme
SHA Wellness Clinic | Spain
The SHA Rebalance programme is ideal for those who are not looking to pursue a specific health goal, but still want to improve their lifestyle and wellbeing.Through a combination of nutrition, exercise and various treatments, your body and mind’s health will be improved. You will also learn h…
OCEANO Health Spa Hotel | Spain
Anyone seeking a relaxing and rejuvenating break should definitely consider the Relax programme at OCEANO Health Spa HotelOver 7 night, you’ll enjoy a wide range of treatments and therapies, including Shiatsu and seawater baths with hydromassages that will help to relax and recharge your mind…
Anassa | Cyprus
If you are looking to reduce your stress levels then Anassa’s Anti-Stress programme could be the right one for you.During your five night programme, you will enjoy a variety of stress-relieving treatments such as OSEA's marine body balancing experience, which helps calm and centre the bod…
Wellness Break At Sofitel Quiberon Diététique
Sofitel Quiberon Dietetique | France
Overlooking the stunning coastline of Brittany with its sparkling wild sea, sits the sleek and contemporary Sofitel Quiberon Diététique. Enter the hotel and be met by clean lines, crisp colours, and an effortlessly chic style that signals you are most definitely in France. Yet there i…