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An Introduction to Thalassotherapy and Balneotherapy

Thalassotherapy

(from the Greek word thalassa, meaning "sea") involves ocean-based treatments, which often utilize seaweed, salt water and marine mud.  While people have recognized the healing powers of the ocean for thousands of years, Thalassotherapy was developed in the seaside towns of France during the 1800's to take advantage of these benefits.  Today, common treatments offered at spas including seawater baths, marine mud baths, seaweed wraps and massages.  Thalassotherapy takes advantage of the minerals found in seawater, seaweed and marine mud, including magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium, and iodine.  Theses minerals have been shown to be beneficial to the skin and a person's general health and well-being.  The salt water soothes dry skin and fights acne, psoriasis and eczema.

Balneotherapy

(from the Latin word balneum, meaning "bath") involves the use of natural thermal and mineral water to alleviate skin conditions and improve a person's general well-being.  Treatments generally take place in bathtubs, pools or natural bodies of water.  The benefits of Balneotherapy have been recognized for thousands of years.  Early Roman and Green civilizations often used mineral-rich hot springs to treat various ailments.  Today, Balneotherapy can involve either hot or cold water and encompasses a wide range of spa therapies.  Balneotherapy can be used to treat a variety of illnesses and ailments, including psoriatic arthritis, acne, dermatitis, psoriasis, and eczema.  The water used in Balneotherapy often contains a high content of minerals and nutrients. Minerals that can be absorbed through Balneotherapy include silica, sulfur, selenium, radium, sodium, magnesium, calcium, iron, lithium, potassium, manganese, bromine, and iodine.