Mud Bath – Wellness

Introduction – Mud Bath

A mud bath is a bath of mud, commonly from areas where hot spring water can combine with volcanic ash. Mud baths have existed for thousands of years, and can be found now in high-end spas in many countries of the world. Historically, the mud bath treatment has been used for centuries in Eastern and Western European spas as a way to relieve arthritis. The mud is a combination of local volcanic ash, imported Canadian peat and naturally heated mineral waters.

Multiple sources of natural mud baths are as follows-

  • lakes 
  • saltwater sea
  • hot springs
  • mud volcano

Reasons for mud bath-

One of the most proven reasons to take a mud bath is that it’s relaxing. Being cocooned and buoyed up in a warm, soft mixture of mud and water can simply be de-stressing. The temperature makes the person taking mud bath- perspire, cleansing the pores. Health benefits are not proven medically, but a mud bath is claimed to improve the complexion, relieve joint and muscle pain and remove toxins from the body.

 

Contents of the mud bath-

The spas bring the ash in fresh every morning and mix it with boiling mineral water from a nearby spring, adding peat moss for texture and to help the body float. Boiling spring water is used to sterilize the mixture between clients.

Procedure-

  1. The first ten to twelve minutes the client is immersed and suspended in the warm mud, which is usually a little over 100°F.
  2. An attendant helps the client in and out and stays nearby to supply ice cold water and cooling washcloths.
  3. The mud bath experience is unlike any other spa treatment. The muddy mixture is soft and warm, and the client floats, not like a cork in water, but just below the surface, fully surrounded by warm softness. It’s perhaps the closest most of the people will ever come to a feeling of weightlessness, with no pressure anywhere on the body.
  4. After washing off, the process varies from place to place. Some places, client will take a mineral whirlpool bath, enjoy a short steam room treatment and then a blanket wrap to let body cool off slowly.
  5. The whole process will take about 1.5 hours, and can take longer if you get a massage afterward.

Reasons to like a mud bath-

  • It’s relaxing.
  • It’s fun.
  • Some people swear by the health benefits.
  • draws impurities from the skin/unclogs pores
  • exfoliates/removes dead skin
  • cleanses your skin
  • detoxifies
  • stimulates circulation

A mud bath should be avoided by-

  • People who are sensitive to odors. Some mineral waters have a high sulfur content. Put simply, it smells like rotten eggs.
  • People who are claustrophobic. They may feel uncomfortable being submerged up to their neck in viscous, black mud.
  • People under a doctor’s care for any reason (including pregnancy). These people should check with their doctors before taking a mud bath.

Types of Mud-

The spas bring the ash in fresh every morning and mix it with boiling mineral water from a nearby spring, adding peat moss for texture and to help the body float.
Mud found in different parts of the world has different properties. Mud composition varies with the place of origin. Firstly, mineral constituents of mud vary with the kind of rocks found in the region and the process of soil formation. Secondly, mud property is influenced by kind of flora and fauna of the region. Therefore, it is essential to learn about properties of mud before utilizing it benefits. It is important to note that before using any type of mud it should be dried, powdered and sieved to remove any type of impurities such as stones, grass, etc.

  1. Black mud: Dark cotton soil having some greasiness is suitable for mud therapy as it is rich in minerals and also retains water for long time. It should always be free from contamination and any kind of pollution.
  2. Mud from Dead Sea: It is contains more than 20 kinds of salts and minerals including Magnesium, Calcium, Potassium Bromide, Silicates, Natural Tar and organic elements. While these beneficial minerals are useful for  healing any kind of skin disorders, the presence of silicates make its masks very beneficial for softening and cleansing skin. The mud enhances blood circulation and leaves the skin with a glow.
  3. Moor Mud: It is mud produced over thousands of years from organic residue of flowers, grasses and herbs. This residue transformed over several years to fine paste which contains fulvic acids, vitamins, amino acids, plant hormones, humic acids in a form which could be easily absorbed by human body. The mud has chelatic properties which enables its top layer to filter out impurities/pollutants and preserve purity of the mud. This mud has therapeutic properties and is useful in detoxification, healing, beautification, nourishing human body. The mud has anti-inflammatory and anti-aging effects. It is also useful in conditions such as Arthritis and recovery from injury in sports.

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This article is not medical advice nor a substitute to professional health advice. Always consult a doctor.


 

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