Thalassotherapy — closer to the sea!
Summertime, like no other, involves familiarity with the fashionable term «thalassotherapy». After all, this practice means direct contact with the sea.
Thalassotherapy has been used to treat various diseases and improve beauty for a very long time. Even Hippocrates and Cicero advised using sea water to get rid of many ailments. But France became the birthplace of this theory and the term «thalassotherapy» itself. It was there that for the first time in the first half of the 19th century, modern methods of «marine» treatment and prevention of many diseases were developed. However, in recent decades, this term has lost its former popularity, despite the fact that hundreds of people feel the miraculous effect of the sea on appearance and health every year. This article will tell you how to use seafood correctly.
What it is?
From the point of view of a scientific approach, thalassotherapy is a whole range of procedures that are carried out using various seafood. The main instruments of treatment are the sea climate, air, water, as well as mud, algae and other products obtained from the sea depths or shallow waters.
Thalassotherapy centers today do not belong to official medical institutions. However, all procedures should be carried out under the supervision of doctors and specialists, since, at first glance, the inactive effect of marine «usefulness» can affect the body unexpectedly strongly. So, when prescribing a course of thalassotherapy and carrying out procedures, one should strictly adhere to the rules and recommendations established by the doctor.
Thalassotherapy centers are located exclusively on the sea coast in ecologically clean areas. And they provide a range of services and procedures, among which the most popular are:
- Mud therapy (masks, compresses, applications, electrolysis, etc.)
- Hydrotherapy (baths, showers, steam therapy, etc.)
- Air baths
- Algae and sludge treatment
- Heliotherapy (sun treatment)
- Diet therapy (special diet, including a variety of dishes prepared from a variety of seafood).
The effect of thalassotherapy on the human body
The most popular and widespread healing in thalassotherapy is achieved by breathing clean sea air. It should be noted that regular walks along the water’s edge can make breathing easier for people suffering from heart disease and bronchial asthma. After all, sea air is saturated with oxygen and ozone ions. Also, the inhalation of the sea aroma usefully irritates the respiratory system, and after it the majority of other systems of the human body, which activates their work.
Water treatments in thalassotherapy are also very popular. Most often, water treatment is based on the contrast of temperatures and the effect of the composition of sea water on the human body. Sea water significantly increases metabolic processes in the skin (almost 25% stronger than fresh water). Also, swimming in sea water improves the functioning of the genitals, thyroid gland, and adrenal glands. In addition, with regular swims, sugar and fat burn much faster in the body (10% more active than fresh water), which is extremely important for people suffering from cardiovascular diseases and those who want to lose weight.
Mud therapy and algae treatment used in thalassotherapy can not only get rid of a number of chronic skin diseases and activate metabolic processes in the skin, but also affect the functioning of many internal organs (especially in combination with a “sea” diet).
There are many indications for this therapy. After all, the variety of procedures and types of treatment (prevention) implies the possibility of influencing almost all organs of the human body. But the most popular indications are:
- Cardiovascular diseases
- Respiratory diseases (asthma, tuberculosis, etc.)
- Diseases of the immune system
- Skin diseases (chronic dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, etc.)
- Allergic diseases
- Diseases of the bones and joints
- Diseases of internal organs (gastrointestinal tract, kidneys, liver, etc.)
- Gynecological diseases
- Diseases of the nervous system, insomnia, psychosis
- Thyroid diseases
It should also be noted that thalassotherapy is prescribed even to healthy people as a preventive measure. After all, walking along the sea, clean air, swimming in salt water help to calm your nerves, gather your thoughts, and get rid of stress. Also, sea procedures contribute to the primary stage of hardening of the body and are popular in cosmetology.
Despite the usefulness of marine treatment, thalassotherapy has a number of contraindications. The most important among them are:
- Any chronic disease in the acute stage
- Gynecological diseases (subject to elevated estrogen levels)
- Some forms of thyroid disease.
In any case, before starting treatment in the thalassotherapy center, you should consult with your doctor in order to avoid unpleasant reactions of the body and make sure that this treatment is right for you.
Enjoy the sea wisely and be healthy!
Author: Natalia Kay
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