Thalassotherapy is a rediscovered spa treatment based on an ancient belief in the healing properties of seawater. The word appeared in France from the Greek "Thalassa", that means sea and "therapeia" meaning healing.
Today, thalassotherapy is used as an alternative treatment for medical conditions and has become a popular tourist attraction for stress reduction and relaxation, as well as a favourite method of anti-aging healing by maintaining healthy circulation in the body. During the 20th century, scientific studies were able to prove sea water’s effective therapeutic qualities. Thalassotherapy also offers specific programs such as weight loss, anti-stress, leg fatigue as well as holistic and cosmetic treatments.
The sea water must be heated to around 96/98 degrees F (32-34 degrees C) to keep the micro organisms alive. It is the presence of these micro organisms that make sea water unique. Because of the chemical similarity between blood plasma and sea water, ions pass into the body through the skin.
- Tones and cleans the skin
- Helps lose weight with the help of improved metabolism
- Improves cardiovascular function (believed to help improve hypertension)
- Boosts the immune system.
- Improves the quality of sleep
- Reliefs symptoms of eczema, psoriasis, back and muscle pain, and stress reduction
- Thalassotherapy also been used as an anti-smoking treatment