Seawater Therapy Becomes Fashionable
Seawater therapy has become more and more popular in France over the last few years, as many people go on programmes. Sea bathing is an ancient practice – the Greeks and the Romans were renowned for the sea baths they had installed on the Atlantic and the Mediterranean coasts. Seawater therapy became popular again during the 19th century as beach resorts sprang up. In fact, the term seawater therapy (“thalassothérapie” in French), was invented by a French doctor who came from the French Southwest town of Arcachon. Sea bathing in warm waters, mud and seaweed baths, tonifying showers, seawater steam baths and water physiotherapy are today the sophisiticated techniques of seawater therapy. These techniques are based on the good effects of the sea air and sea water which “cleanse”, invigorate and slow down the rhythm of the body, giving it a revitalising effect and, above all, giving it back all the precious minerals contained in seaweed and sea mud.
Biarritz is asserting itself more and more as a “capital” for seawater therapy and it cures 15% of people taking the waters thanks to the town’s three complementary
The Thalassa seawater therapy institute
In 1979, the ex racing cyclist champion Louison Bobet chose Biarritz to set up a seawater therapy institute which is adapted to modern health problems of stress and anxiety.
Integrated into the Sofitel Biarritz Miramar Thalassa sea & spa ***** (which is open all year round), the institute has been bought by Accor in 1997.
The institute offers most modern techniques and treatments. It has a daily capacity of 300 people and offers treatments which are highly recommended for good health and general well-being for a minimum period of 6 days, these include post-surgery physiotherapy and more recently postnatal and anti-smoking treatments. The institute has a team of 90 people including 3 specialised doctors.
Thalmar: Seawater Therapy à la Carte
Thalmar, which have offered proper treatments for over twenty years, achieved its renovation in April, 2008. Today, a wide range of seawater therapy which is à la carte and without prior appointment is available. Thalmar has a daily capacity of 450 people, all year round. In addition to proper seawater therapy equipment, there is also a swimming pool, a sauna, sunbeds and a beauty clinic. This institute is specialised in circulatory problems (i.e. heavy legs, bad circulation and water retention) and offer a rest and relaxation programme against stress and anxiety.
Hôtel du Palais Imperial Spa
The Imperial Spa and the beauty institute of the Hotel du Palais are in a complex of 2.900m² that offers various treatments for your well-being, combining physical, energetic, and mental well-being with beauty expertise by Guerlain. It includes:
- An indoor swimming pool (19m x 9m)
with a breathtaking view of the ocean
9 treatment rooms, a fitness center, a
2 saunas, 2 Turkish bathes or hammam
2 shops, a relaxation room, a tea bar, a hair salon in collaboration with Leonor Grey Hair Care Institute
All the body and facial treatments are performed with highly advanced products of the House of Guerlain.
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