What is Thalassotherapy?

Medical use of Seawater as a form of Therapy

Thalassotherapy (“sea” in Greek thalassa) is the simultaneous use of marine environment benefits that involves:

  • Marine climate
  • Seawater
  • Marine mud
  • Other sea substances

Thalassotherapy takes place under normal medical supervision with preventive and therapeutic goals.

Thalassotherapy was developed in seaside towns in Brittany, France during the 19th century. Today, thalassotherapy is used as an alternative treatment for medical conditions and has become a popular for relaxation and stress reduction as well as a favorite method of anti-aging healing by maintaining healthy circulation in the body.

Trace elements found in seawater are believed to be absorbed through the skin.

Thalassotherapy comes in a bewildering array of packages:

  • Mud baths
  • Underwater showers
  • Hydro-massage
  • Aromatherapy
  • Seaweed
  • Mud and algae wraps

All of these treatments, along with the inhalation of sea fog, exist to help restore your body to a state of serenity fit for a mermaid.

Thalassotherapy’s main objective is to increase blood circulation that is reduced by the depletion of vital minerals caused by stress, poor diet, and pollution.

Since the chemical make-up of seawater is so similar to that of human blood, immersion in water when heated to body temperature results in trace minerals and ions such as magnesium, potassium, and calcium sulfates to be absorbed directly by the skin.

This not only increases blood circulation but has beneficial effects for the body and skin such as:

  • Toning
  • Moisturizing
  • Revitalizing

Thalassotherapy also helps to detoxify and nourish skin, as well as relax the body.

Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, was the first to discover the therapeutic virtues of seawater. Prompted by the fact that the contact with the seawater restricted infection risks, his medical genius made him encourage his patients to follow treatments involving the use of seawater even for pain relief.

It is now known that thalassotherapy is an effective treatment system that assists recovery and recuperation from a wide range of conditions, and also promotes a healthier state for those not suffering from any illness.

Different forms of thalassotherapy have different effects, helping you:

  • Relax
  • Tone your muscles
  • Cleanse your skin
  • Reduce the appearance of cellulite
  • Boost your immune system
  • Improve sleep quality
  • Relieve symptoms of back and muscular pain, and stress
  • Recover a low responsiveness of hypothalamic-adrenal (endocrine system)

Thalassotherapy is NOT recommended for people with the following conditions:

  • Serious heart condition
  • High blood pressure that is not under “control”
  • Vascular, dermatological or rheumatologic conditions
  • Cancer
  • Lymphatic cancer
  • Allergy to iodine
  • Hemophilia or phlebitis
  • Contagious illness
  • Under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Acute or chronic diseases (may be possible with permission from your doctor)

Seaweed Body Wrap in Thermae Bath Spa, UK


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