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Written by Reinhard Bergel, Ph.D.
Thalassotherapy is the therapeutic use of the ocean, its climate, and marine products like algae, seaweed, and alluvial mud for health and beauty. The name comes from the Greek words thalassa (sea) and therapia (treatment).
In a world where youthful skin is highly coveted, great emphasis is placed on ridding the face of fine lines and wrinkles in a quest to remain eternally young and wrinkle-free. With all of the attention focused on the face, many tend to neglect body skin.
Long before the word ‘cellulite’ became a common term in the health, fitness, and beauty industries, women have struggled with the age-old curse of unsightly orange-peel dimples and hard to lose inches, particularly around cellulite’s most prone areas (between the lower trunk and mid to upper thighs).
The origins of Kneippism and hydrotherapy are deeply rooted in the philosophies of natural healing and, in particular, naturopathy. Naturopathy is a time-honored health philosophy that advocates total balance and harmony in life through treatments and an adoptive lifestyle.
Saunas and steam baths are hyperthermic procedures earning a special place in balneology. They are meant for the healthy, rather than the sick, their purpose being prevention of disease and physical strengthening.