A mud bath, also called a mud massage is a cosmetic therapy which involves soaking up a person in mud in order to make them attain a feeling of rejuvenation and relaxation. A folk remedy that has been around for many centuries, mud therapy is today offered by almost all high end spas and sees its most frequent patrons in couples and individual women. A mud bath consists of a mixture of hot spring water, clay and peat – a combination that is naturally healing and completely revitalizes the person undergoing the treatment.
A mud bath usually lasts between 10 and 12 minutes, and is followed by a subsequent warm bath in mineral water to fully cleanse and relax the individual. Following this, the person gets wrapped in clean blankets in order to cool down, feeling balanced and in harmony.
Types of mud:
There are several different types of muds – their composition depends on the location. Each different mud therapy has its own advantages; the most popular ones today are Dead Sea (brine) mud – obtained from saltwater bodies, moor mud – which comprises of decomposed organic plant residue; and fango mud which is made from the soil of hot springs. The success with mud massages lies as much in the expertise of the therapist as it does with the choice of mud. If they know what they’re doing, mud therapy can have cosmetic benefits such as getting rid black spots and acne, as well as alleviating conditions such as sore and stiff muscles, rheumatism, arthritis etc.
Why to undergo mud baths?
When mud massages were revived in the ‘40s and ‘50s, they were not given much attention by the general public; their benefits were availed mostly by the nature community. But since the ‘70s mud treatments have received mainstream adoption and approval. It is being used today in America as a popular thermal treatment to relax, reconnect with oneself and relieve daily stresses. There are a number of concrete benefits of undergoing mud massage therapy which are responsible for its recent surge in popularity:
- Researchers at Ben-Gurion University in Israel have discovered that mud therapy can be used for the treatment of those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis to significantly improve their chances of recovery. A study conducted in Italy, in ’99, showed that mud treatment can psychologically and physiologically aid patients of fibromyalgia.
- Moor mud, in particular, is rich in fulvic acids, amino acids, vitamins, humic acids and plant hormones which can be readily absorbed by the human body and have a beautifying, healing and enriching effect on the skin. Moreover, this mud’s chelatic properties mean that it can extract impurities from one’s body while remaining pure itself i.e. this mud has the ability to rid the body’s toxic materials
- Dead Sea mud contains over twenty different minerals/salts e.g. magnesium, potassium, calcium, silicates, bromide, natural tar as well organic elements. All these substances are good for healing various skin disorders, but the silicates have an especially beneficial effect, in that they soften and cleanse the skin. Furthermore, a Dead Sea mud massage improves the circulation of blood in one’s body, and makes the skin glow.
- In Romania, there are several spa resorts with mud, the most known comes from the bottom of Techirghiol Lake, prized with the gold medal on the Universal Exhibition of Paris. It contains 41% inorganic salts, 39% organic substances and 20% water.
- If you’re a nature lover, then mud therapy, because it comprises of completely natural ingredients, is for you. It is touted by naturalists as the best way to connect with oneself, recover from the excesses of the modern world and find one’s inner balance.
Mud therapy’s benefits do not end with the ones mentioned above, however, it can be confidently said that a mud massage is one of the safest and most economic ways to pamper one’s skin being offered by spas today. Because it is all natural, it is an excellent proactive choice for maintaining a youthful body.
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