The healing power of seawater and its ingredients is behind the term Thalasso. Rheumatism, heart problems, skin diseases - all these and many other diseases can be treated with the Thalasso therapy complementary - this was already known by the Greeks. Everyone knows how well a day at the sea works. Hiking on the mudflats, swimming in the waters, inhaling the salty air, all this works wonders for many ailments.
At the end of the 19th century, French biologist René Quinton discovered that seawater is similar to human blood plasma. Thus, the valuable trace elements and minerals from the oceans are particularly easily absorbed by the human organism. For the first time, the scientific healing effects of seawater are scientifically justified.
Thalassotherapy is more than sea
The term Thalasso comes from the Greek ("thalassa" for "sea"). A Thalasso therapy is therefore a treatment with ingredients from the sea. Already in ancient Greece, one knew the healing properties of seawater - the Greek poet Euripides knew that the sea healed us of diseases. Meanwhile, the knowledge of the power of the sea in cosmetics and wellness is being taken up again.
The salty waters of the oceans contain, among other things, sodium, calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, all vital minerals, but also trace elements such as chromium, iron, zinc, selenium and iodine are needed by the human body to be healthy. Seawater heated to around 34 degrees makes these ingredients develop their positive effects. Seawater drinking cures for gastrointestinal diseases or gall bladder problems are included, mud and algae wraps have an effect on acne and psoriasis, allergy sufferers appreciate the marine climate - all in all, the immune system is strengthened.
Incidentally, algae preparations are also part of the nutritional plan for a therapy: as tablets, in powder form, as an ampoule or in lotions, they are supposed to increase the level of defense, detoxify and build up. Among other things, they contain alginates, which bind and detoxify pollutants in the body.
Not for everyone and not as a cure
However, thalassotherapy therapies are not for everyone. Those who suffer from an iodine allergy or a thyroid disorder, especially in an over-function, should definitely consult the family doctor. Thalasso therapy is not a "therapy" in the medical sense, despite the name, because it is one of the wellness area should be supportive of medical therapies, the health insurance pay nothing.
Thalasso treatments are offered throughout Germany in numerous health resorts and spa hotels, but are also possible at home. However, according to the international regulations of the European Wellness Union, the immediate vicinity of the sea, 300 meters away from the therapy center, is part of the Thalasso therapy in the strictest sense.
Thalasso at home
If the journey to the sea is too expensive and too far, the healing power of the sea can also be used in your own bathtub. There are now bathing supplements with green algae and sea salt that detoxify, purify, drain and strengthen the tissue. The bath time is about 20 minutes. Because of the metabolism stimulating effect you should rest ten minutes after the bath.
Another product is the algae gel pack: the gel is applied to the whole body. Alternatively, only the problem areas such as buttocks, abdomen, or legs are treated, which are wrapped with a special plastic wrap. Additionally heated with a blanket you should let the algae gel work for about 30 minutes. Nutritional algae are commonly used in naturopathic treatments and are available in pharmacies and health food stores.