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What is Thalassotherapy?


is a modern spa treatment that uses natural healing properties of seawater. The word ‘thalassotherapy’ is derived from Greek words “thalassa” meaning sea and “therapeia” meaning healing. It is an alternative treatment method for medical illnesses that gives stress reduction and relaxation to the body and also maintains healthy blood circulation throughout the body.

How does Thalassotherapy Works?

The basic aim of thalassotherapy is to improve blood circulation that weakens due to consumption of vitamins by factors such as poor diet, stress and pollution. As the chemical composition of seawater is same as human blood, the immersions in seawater play an important role when applied to body. It gets heated to body temperature which would allow the ions and minerals such as calcium, potassium and magnesium sulphates to get directly absorbed by the skin. It also helps in clearing the skin pores making it moisturized and toned.

Thalassotherapy helps the skin to get detoxified and nourished. Thus it provides a complete relaxation to the body.

Benefits of Thalassotherapy

Thalassotherapy provides anti-aging effect as well as reduces cellulite from the body. Cellulite build-up happens in the body due to toxin accumulation and poor blood circulation. This can be well treated with thalassotherapy that provides many benefits to the body very effectively. The benefits of thalassotherapy include:

  • Weight loss aided by improved metabolism
  • Skin cleansing and muscle toning
  • Improving the quality of sleep
  • Boosting the immune system
  • Providing complete relief from symptoms of stress, psoriasis, eczema, muscular and back pain
  • Effectively used as anti-smoking treatment

Different Forms of Thalassotherapy Treatment

There are different forms of thalassotherapy and the treatment options differ as each form has its own effect.

Seaweed wrap –

It is a technique where the body is wrapped with a combination of seaweed and cloths soaked in herbs and on top of which a thermal blanket is placed. It is kept as such for an hour and then the therapist removes the wrap and massages the body to improve blood circulation.

Thalassotherapy pool –

In this, the body is placed against a gentle seawater current. Jet pools are yet another thalassotherapy techniques which includes application of algae paste or marine mud, sea fog inhalation and showers of warmed seawater.

Hydro-massage –

Underwater massage with jets of water.

Ionization –

The seawater is made ionised with negative ions and is sprayed or inhaled. It mostly heals the irritating upper respiratory tract.

Balneotherapy –

This is a water based therapy that uses thermal spring water or seawater to help blood circulation.

Vinotherapie –

This treatment includes thermal spring water and inigo elements with grape and wine extracts. It strengthens the blood vessels and improves blood circulation.

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