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Water therapy is the combination of bath salts and water, and is the basis of many powerful therapeutic treatments. There are numerous types of water therapy administered at spas, ayurvedic and 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. Some cancer patients use water therapy to help them through the side-effects of radiation treatments. You need not go to an expensive spa to get the benefits of water therapy there are options for home therapies and bath salts you can use on a daily or weekly basis as recommended by your physician.
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.
Balneotherapy: Balneotherapy is a range of treatments with warm mineral salt water, from bathing or underwater massage jets to plain drinking.
Heliotherapy: use of the sun’s 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: also referred to as herbal medicine is the treatment of health conditions with wild-growing herbs, plants, flowers or leaves. Certain plants are often used in salt baths, oils or infusions, to aid in treating all kinds of conditions. This method is perfect for combining with bath salts.
Thalassotherapy: therapeutic baths using warm seawater. It is believed the application of seawater allows magnesium and potassium to be drawn into the blood stream while toxins are actively eliminated. Thalassotherapy includes sea water, sea products and sea climate as elements that together encourage greater health.
Seawater, which is rich in minerals and microelements, has wonderful therapeutic properties when heated up to just over 90 degrees Fahrenheit. The following are only a few examples of spa procedures that incorporate sea salt therapies:
Jacuzzi: a hydro-massage 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 can stimulate circulation, increase lymph flow and detoxify 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.
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 preparation:
Thalassotherapy Bath: draw a warm bath (99-104 degrees Fahrenheit) and add a Dead Sea Salt Cell (see recipe below). Dim the lights and soak for 20-30 minutes. Drink plenty of water during 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 Mineral Essence™ scented dead sea bath salts.
Salt Glow: you can purchase a favorite brand or create your own from scratch (see our article on 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: a combination of your favorite essential oil with our beautiful large Rio Sea Salt Crystals added to a heating vessel or lamp is a great way to enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy.
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.