When I was in massage school, I was lucky enough to be able to try lots of different spa treatments for free.
It was amazing!
Thalassotherapy was one type of treatment I was introduced to during massage school. This is a treatment that uses seaweed to nourish the skin.
Now, you may think of seaweed as that slimy, yucky, green stuff that comes from the ocean and gathers on beaches. But seaweed is so nourishing for the body. It can be used inside or out for amazing results.
When I received my first seaweed treatment, my skin was amazingly soft and glowing for weeks afterwards. A lot of my classmates were not crazy about the seaweed treatment because of the smell. But the salty, fishy smell only lasted during the treatment, but the benefits of the treatment stayed with me a long time. Plus, now I know you can add herbs and essential oils to the seaweed to cover up the smell.
Seaweed is great for nourishing the skin, cleansing the body, reducing cellulite, increasing circulation, and reducing fat.
In fact, baths with bentonite clay and kelp helped me get rid of my eczema. I still take these baths, especially in the winter to keep my skin well nourished.
Here is the recipe:
- 4 heaping TB of powdered seaweed or kelp (pick this up from your local health food store.)
- 4 heaping TB of bentonite clay (also available at local health food stores.
Make the bath as hot as you can take it and add the herbs into the bath. Honestly, you can’t add too much kelp. Sometimes I dump the whole bag in the bath. Be careful with the bentonite clay because it is very detoxing and cleansing so you don’t want to add to much or you may feel light headed after your bath.
This is a great bath for nourishing the skin, but also for cleansing the body. If you’re fasting or detoxing, this bath will help you release toxins from your body faster.
Also, kelp, is only one of many seaweeds you can use in skin treatments. It happens to be one of my favorites, but dulce, wakame, kombu, arame, and nori are a few others. Next time you go to your local health food store, check the bath and body aisle. Many stores sell a ready made seaweed bath treatment. It usually involves boiling the seaweed prior to adding it to your bath, but the benefits are worth the effort.
Enjoy your first taste of thalassotherapy.
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