As a water-loving Aquarius with an aversion to most exercise (yoga aside), when someone suggested that sea water mineral treatments could bust the cellulite on my body and improve my health and wellness with significantly less physical effort, you can bet I was on board.
Lucky enough to be enrolled on the programme at the beautiful spa retreat , I was able to try out this super-beneficial sea water thalassotherapy treatment for myself.
What is Thalassotherapy?
Thalassotherapy is the name given to spa treatments and courses that incorporate the use of sea water and comes from the Greek word ‘thalassa’ (sea) and ‘therapeia’ (treatment).
The water salinity is rich in natural minerals that are great for skin purification, detoxifying and pore-refining.
What does thalassotherapy do?
There are a vast range of different thalassotherapy treatments available that use the properties of sea water and sea weed to benefit your body.
My thalassotherapy treatment had 3 main parts:
A seaweed wrap to help reduce inflammation in your joints and target excess water weight, rich in vitamins and iodine.
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A sea water hot tub-type bath that has jets which target specific locations on your body, boosting blood circulation and stretching your muscles with essential oils.
A powerful water jet that is aimed at specific muscles and body parts to prevent cellulite, help with muscle pain and improve your general circulation.
I’ve only ever actively pursued seaweed in the dried, crispy, salty snack form prior to this, and when I saw the colour and texture of the sea weed mask coming my way I was unsure...
But the seaweed at Masseria San Domenico comes from Brittany, and smelt incredibly fresh. A light layer was applied to my outer arms, stomach, back, legs and thighs to help assist with water drainage.
The mud wrap was then covered in cellophane, wrapping the exfoliating mask onto my body. After a lengthy flight, the promise of soothing my inflamed joints was certainly positive.
I waited for 20 minutes before hopping straight in the Thalgocéane bath to have the wrap blasted completely off my skin by the jets. The exfoliant certainly worked, as I soon realised it had stripped the fake tan from my body where it was applied!
I stared at my new pasty patches for 15 minutes in the bath, enjoying the warm jets on my aching limbs, before heading to the hosing room to face the thalgo jet.
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The lovely Maria told me to brace myself, holding onto the bars on the wall, before lifting each foot in turn to be blasted with hot water. I thought I wasn’t ticklish - it turns out I am wrong. I cackled madly (apologies to those having relaxing treatments next door), as she ran the hose up the backs of my legs.
When the jet reached my back, it was super sore and had to be turned down - apparently I had marks which showed irritation from the bath jets, meaning I have a bony back! RESULT, less cellulite in this area. Backless summer dresses here I come.
The hose was aimed across my arms and palms before a final blast to the stomach to attack the serious water weight and attempt to locate some abs…
A quick final blast from the cold jet, and I was done (and super awake!).
The thalassotherapy package ranged from a relaxing wrap to an awakening hose-down, which certainly felt like a well worth-it full-body experience. The water was incredibly fresh and revitalising, meaning the treatment felt very natural and detoxifying. My muscles felt strong and toned as if I’d just had a workout, all from a series of (largely) relaxing treatments, and my skin felt wonderfully clean and purified. Now to locate a natural source of sea water somewhere in East London …
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SCULPT & SHAPE PROGRAMME
Accommodation in double room in Deluxe category – Upgrade upon availability
Daily use of the dynamic thalasso pool
- 1 Algotherapy
- 1 Thalgocéane
- 1 “Thalgo” Sculpting Oxygenating Treatment
- 1 Mineral Wrap in Pressotherapy
- 1 “Thalgo” Jet
- 1 “Carita” tecnoled remodelling face treatment
Free use of sauna, steam room, cromo-aromatic shower and gym facilities
A Biologic Nutritional Consultaion can be added to the package for €150 per person. Hydrocryotherapy Sessions can be added for €70 per session per person.
The programme is available from 21st October to 30th November 2018 as follows:
Spa Programme + 2-night accommodation € 815 per person (individual occupancy supplement € 275)
Spa Programme + 3-night accommodation € 953 per person (individual occupancy supplement € 413)
VAT included (city tax excluded)