We’ve all experienced that amazingly good feeling after a swim in the ocean. The exercise and cool water is refreshing and invigorating, but it’s more than that, a very different feeling to swimming in an indoors chlorinated pool. There are many reasons for this difference. Sea water has been used for healing throughout history. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, evokes the beneficial effects of seawater in his Treaty of Medicine. The word for sea water therapy is thalassotherapy, from the Greek “Thalassa” meaning sea. Thalassotherapy health spas, in which heated seawater and other sea treatments are used therapeutically, have been around since the 1800’s.
There are still thalassotherapy health spas today, mostly in Europe and Africa. Seaweed or mud wraps are available at most modern-day spas. For us lucky ones who live on the beautiful Southeast Coast of Australia we suggest you simply jump in the ocean!
Six Amazing Health Benefits of Swimming in the Sea
You don’t even have to get wet to receive health benefits from the ocean! You can get thalassotherapy benefits from walking on the beach, breathing in the sea air or even having a seaside massage! (Reminds me of a place..) However, of course, it’s even better to jump right in! Enjoy the rest of Summer and make the most of our beautiful coastal city by taking the time to immerse yourself in the health-giving waters right at our doorstep.