Thalassotherapy (from the Latin words "Thalassa", which means sea and “therapia”, which means treatment) is a spa treatment which uses both the coastal climate and the products of the sea - seaweed, sea water, salt and mud – as a way of healing illnesses and promoting health and wellbeing.The natural healing power of mineral-rich waters help to tone muscles, treat cellulite and cure skin problems such as psoriasis.
Although the origins of thalassotherapy are uncertain, researchers generally believe that the term first started to be used in Brittany in the nineteenth century. Nonetheless, people have been aware of the healing powers of the sea for millennia and even ancient populations such as the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans visited the sea for wellbeing and health. The magnificent benefits have drawn some of Hollywood's biggest stars to Thalassotherapy spas.
How It Functions
The health-promoting principles of thalasso are simple at heart: since sea water and human plasma are composed of similar elements, when the body is immersed in sea water the pores open up, allowing minerals and trace elements (such as magnesium, potassium, calcium, iodide and sodium) useful for restoring chemical balance to enter the body, as well as producing stimulating effects and increasing resistance to external aggressions.
Alongside the sea water, thalassotherapy is also beneficial due to the coastal climate air (saturated with ions), algae (moisturizing and re-mineralizing effects), sand and marine mud (containing residues of marine flora and fauna). This is why a good thalassotherapy programme offers a wide variety of treatments bringing these beneficial effects to the body in lots of ways.
What Are the Benefits?
In thalassotherapy the wide variety of marine components, some of which are mentioned above, enable a multitude of different health issues to be treated with different marine components. The main treatments are:
Using the beneficial effects of the marine climate, this therapy is composed of various treatments such as marine aerosol, excursions to thermals, atmospheric pressure. This is especially effective for respiratory system disorders and skin diseases.
Using hot water, the body is immersed in special baths and pools, some of which are sea water, at temperatures of 37-38 degrees, for about 20 minutes. This is suited mainly for post-traumatic and surgical treatments, circulatory problems and the musculoskeletal and respiratory systems.
Psammatotherapy or Sand Therapy
This treatment involves covering the body with hot sand for a period of 15-20 minutes, in order to absorb the mineral and heat benefits of the sand. This is particularly useful for osteoarthritis, rheumatism and physical trauma.
Mineral Mud & Algae
Principally used in the form of masks or compresses, mineral mud and algae helps to improve circulation and fight fat deposits of cellulite.
These treatments have beneficial effects on many health issues, including:
Posttraumatic and neurological rehabilitation
Some ear, nose and throat issues
Some issues of chronic inflammation of the lungs
Excess weight and cellulite (by increasing metabolism and thus burning more fat)
Other health problems this can be used to treat include: blood pressure, joints, spine, respiratory, atopic dermatitis and psoriasis, circulatory disorders, chronic constipation, Crohn's disease and back problems.
Health Issues Not Suited to Thalasso
Although thalassotherapy treatments are effective for a multitude of health issues, they are not suited to patients with thyroid problems due to the high levels of sodium. It is also not suited to patients with diseases of the nervous system or cardiovascular diseases. Pregnant women should consult their doctor before booking a thalassotherapy programme.
Where to Find the Best Thalassotherapy Centres
SpaDreams has carefully curated a range of the best thalassotherapy centres in Europe, with high specialised doctors and therapists. Whilst it is very popular in France, Germany and Italy, thalassotherapy is also found on the shores of the Dead Sea, an ideal environment for this type of therapy. With their warmclimate and mineral rich waters, Tunisiaand Morocco are also home to some of our finest Thalassotherapy resorts.
From exotic Thalassotherapy centres in Egypt to the Adriatic sea of Croatia or Slovenia, you can now browse our excellent resorts located throughout Europe.
Clear your lungs in the fresh sea airand sooth your skin with Thalasso treatments, such as seaweed wraps, Vichy showers, massages and much more. With SpaDreams, you can experience this luxurious treatment at an affordable price. Book yourthalassotherapy escapewith SpaDreams today and discover the power of the sea.