Thalassotherapy spas use seawater which is pumped direct from the sea, cleaned and then heated up to a 'warm body' temperature and then used for the treatments. These centres can tend to be quite functional and ‘clinical’ in feel with a very matter of fact approach by the therapists to your treatments. Each treatment lasts around 20 minutes, and a typical programme will consist of four thalasso treatments a day made up of three individual (a combination of bubbling baths, underwater massage, effusion showers, jet showers, and algae wraps) and one group treatment (aqua-aerobics or supervised use of jets in a hydro-pool).
In a traditional thalassotherapy programme the individual treatments all involve seawater or seawater products and do not include beauty treatments such as massage, facials or manicure, though some will include a dry massage on alternate days. However, if you take a programme such as Beauty or Anti-Cellulite there will be an additional daily treatment on top of the four thalasso sessions that is specifically a 'beauty' (e.g. facial) or Anti-Cellulite (e.g. lymphatic drainage) treatment. These will also tend to be 30 minute treatments.
The thalasso treatment programme will be tailored to suit your specific needs. For any programmes of over two days, all of the thalasso centres state that a visit to their doctor for a brief consultation before commencing your programme is essential. This is a basic check-up where the doctor will generally take your blood-pressure, check your weight and ask whether there are any specific contraindications to you taking any of the treatments. Following this consultation, your thalasso programme will be put together to take into consideration any special requirements that you may have.
A thalassotherapy programme is ideal if you want to relax and de-stress, if you want relief from general aches and pains including back ache, or if you have problems sleeping. The seawater treatments also have a general detoxifying effect and so can be beneficial for reducing cellulite and for weight loss in combination with a low calorie diet.
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