Types of Spa Mud Baths
Mud baths have been used for centuries for their therapeutic benefits. Even Cleopatra is reputed to have enjoyed mud baths. There are two basic ways of taking a mud bath. The first is to take a deep body bath in warm diluted mud and the second is to apply a thick coat of mud to the body and leave it on until it dries. Both types are typically used in spas. In addition to their many other benefits, mud baths usually produce a feeling of deep relaxation that helps to reduce stress.
Types of Mud
There are three basic types of mud used in mud baths. The first is mud from natural hot springs, the second is mud from beneath ancient lakes, while the third kind of mud is found in sea beds. Each type of mud has its own distinct benefits.
Hot Springs Mud
Hot springs mud is taken from the area where natural thermal hot springs are found. It has an extremely high mineral content, so it replenishes the skin with minerals. It also draws toxins out of the body and relieves muscular aches and pains. Many spas that are located beside hot springs offer luxurious mud baths of this type. Calistoga, California, is a place that has this kind of hot spring mud. Located near a volcano, the mud is made of partly volcanic ash and therefore rich in minerals. The First Nations people took therapeutic mud baths there before the Europeans ever arrived in California.
Lake mud normally comes from beneath ancient lakes that are located in Europe. The most famous of these is found in lakes in the moors of Austria. Known as Moor mud, this Austrian black mud exfoliates the skin and tightens it, making it more firm. It also helps to diminish small wrinkles and replenishes the body with nutrients. Mud from these same lakes has been used for threrapeutic mud baths since ancient Egyptian and Roman times.
A wide range of therapeutic benefits are derived from baths in sea mud. In particular, mud from the Dead Sea in Israel is highly valued. Dead Sea mud is exported around the world, so a person need not travel all the way to Israel for treatment. Scientific studies have been conducted about the health benefits of this mud, and it has been proven to be helpful with skin disorders as well as with other physical problems. The Dead Sea is located at the lowest part of the earth, 400 metres below sea level. Beacuse of this, the rays of the sun are longer there than anywhere else and it has its own unique climatic biosphere that is believed to be particularly healthful.