Bath & Salt Water Therapy
Water therapy is the combination of bath sea salts and water, and is the basis of many powerful therapeutic treatments. There are numerous types of water therapy administered at spas, ayurvedic & holistic centers, and health clinics around the world. Sports therapy clinics use hydrotherapy baths to help patients recover from joint and muscle injuries. Dermatologists are recommending Bokek Dead Sea Salt baths for patients with psoriasis, eczema and other dry skin conditions. Estheticians emphasize the cleansing properties of a sea salt bath to clean pores and to detoxify the body. Cancer patients use water therapy to help deal with radiation treatments. There are even water therapies and therapeutic bath salts you can use on a daily or weekly basis in your own home.
Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, discovered the therapeutic qualities of seawater by noticing the healing effects it had on the injured hands of fishermen. The seawater not only restricted infection risks, but patients who followed treatments involving the use of seawater found that it also promoted pain relief. It is now known that sea salt therapy is an effective treatment that assists in the rejuvenation of the cells and also induces a healthy exchange of minerals and toxins between the blood and the water.
Types of Water Therapies
Balneotherapy - a range of treatments with warm mineral salt water, from bathing or underwater massage jets to plain drinking. Alkaline water helps stimulate the secretion of bile, while hypnotic water has diuretic effects and is often used for treating kidney stones.
Heliotherapy - use of the sunís creative properties. Despite recent awareness of skin cancers, sun remains an excellent source of energy, boosting immunity and stabilizing mood when used appropriately. Skin treatments combine this with sea salt baths, but should only be used together under the supervision of a doctor.
Phytotherapy - treatments with wild-growing herbs, plants, flowers or leaves. Used in salt baths, oils or infusions, their effect can be superior to pharmacological treatments for some medical conditions. Perfect for combining with bath salts.
Thalassotherapy - therapeutic baths using warm seawater. The application of seawater (which is very similar to the bodyís own internal fluids) allow magnesium and potassium to be drawn into the blood stream while toxins are actively eliminated.
Sea Salt Therapy Treatments at the Spa
Seawater, which is rich in minerals and microelements, has wonderful therapeutic properties when heated up to just over 90 degrees Farenheit. The following are only a few examples of spa procedures that incorporate sea salt therapies:
Jacuzzi: a hydromassage in the bath filled with warm sea water for 20 minutes.
Sea Salt Wrap: soothing and healing spring water will leave your skin soft and invigorated.Used in combination with sea salts and individualized essential oils, it stimulates circulation, increases lymph flow and detoxifies the whole system.
"Under Shower" Massage: a light body massage with waterproof cream while having a warm sea water shower
"Under Water" Massage: a strong jet body massage while lying down in a warm salt bath
Salt Glows: a special blend of sea salts and aromatherapy oils gently exfoliates dead skin cells leaving the skin toned, glowing and stimulated. Salt exfoliations are wonderful when paired with a body wrap.
Aroma Massage: a gentle sea salt exfoliation prepares your skin to better receive the benefits of aromatherapy and massage for the ultimate in relaxation of body and mind.
Sea Salt Therapy at Home
You may not always have the time to visit a resort or spa. There are several therapies you can enjoy at home with little or no mess and preperation:
Thalassotherapy Bath: Draw a warm bath (99-104 degrees Farenheit) and add a Dead Sea Salt Cell (see recipe below). Dim the lights and soak for 20-30 minutes. Music will also add to the experience. Drink plenty of water durring and after your soak. Pat dry when finished and wrap in a warm bath robe. You'll feel relaxed and rejuvenated. For an even more relaxing experience, try our premium bath-ready scented bath salts, Mineral Essence.
Salt Glow: You can purchase a favorite brand or create your own from scratch (see our article Making Bath Salts). Apply salt scrub to dry skin. The shower is the perfect, easy-to-clean-up place for this. Be sure to massage the entire body. The salts will exfoliate your skin, allowing the nourishing essential oils to be absorbed. Once complete, turn on the shower and rinse off (be careful not to slip as the oils can be slick on the tub surface) The result: soft and silky skin.
Crystal Potpourri: Our Rio Sea Salt Crystals are a great way to enjoy aromatherapy benefits. In addition, the heated crystals cleanse the air. Breathing clear air will revitalize your spirit and help you to think more clearly.
Dead Sea Salt Cell
To make a Dead Sea Salt Cell, simply add 20-40 drops of blended essential oils with 32 ounces of Bokek® Dead Sea Salt.
To cleanse: use Grapefruit and Eucalyptus oils
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