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Since always, seawater has been used for its therapeutic virtues. But where does the sea derive its benefits? What can she bring us?

What is thalassotherapy?

According to the official definition, thalassotherapy is "the combined use, in a privileged marine site under medical supervision and for preventive and curative purposes, of the benefits of the marine environment which includes: the marine climate, sea water, sea ​​muds, algae, sands and other substances extracted from the sea " .

Thalassotherapy thus derives its virtues from a set of factors. Thus, one can not do a thalasso "in town", because the marine climate is an integral part of the thalassotherapy. With its natural aerosols and negative ions in suspension, it tones the body, rebalances the nervous system, improves oxygenation. And to each region its benefits. If the Channel is known for its invigorating effect, the Atlantic is known for its tonic effects; the Mediterranean as for it would have more sedative virtues.

The principle of thalassotherapy

In his book Ideas received on Thalassotherapy, Yves Tréguer explains the principle of thalassotherapy: it is a question of "heating the sea water at a temperature close to that of the body (34-36 ° C) so that, by effect osmosis, all the mineral and living elements contained in the seawater penetrate through the skin ".

Heating the water allows on the one hand to optimize the active and therapeutic principles of seawater, on the other hand to cause vasodilatation and therefore better absorption of the products by the skin.

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