There is a preconceived notion that mud is dirty and unhealthy. However, this should not discourage you from trying out mud bathing, not only as a viable skin treatment, but also as a way to relax.
A short introduction to mud bathing
Mud bath originated from European countries hundreds of years ago for the purpose of revitalization. It was in the Fifties that this type of bathing was introduced in the US but was exclusive only to a select number people, particularly the older generation. The Seventies saw the increase of interest towards mud bathing among the general consensus. All these led to the popularity of mud bathing as a spa and relaxation treatment.
Back then, mud bathing was not facilitated in a spa center. People had to go to lakes (Lake Techirghiol in Romania) and hot springs (Calistoga, Napa Valley) with mud that contain volcanic ash and naturally heated mineral or spring water to enjoy this type of treatment.
Mud bath is purifying because instead of feeling cooled down, you actually sweat because the mud is heated to at least 100 degrees Fahrenheit. As a result, mud bath helps you feel refreshed and invigorated, similar to the feeling of being in the sauna.
A regular mud bathing session takes about 10 to 12 minutes of lying on a tub of mud. Massage therapists and estheticians may be present in the room to facilitate your session and help you get the mud all over your body. It is then followed up by a warm mineral water shower to cleanse your body beauty from the mud. Next, people are led to take a dip into the jacuzzi for another 10 minutes to regulate the body heat. The treatment is topped off by getting wrapped in fresh towels to get your warm body cooled down.
One of the best places to get a mud bath is at Calistoga Golden Haven Hot Springs Spa. Ranked #26 out of the 60 activities in Calistoga according to TripAdvisor, Golden Haven has a rustic charm that is highlighted by arguably one of the most exquisite mud baths one will ever experience.
Benefits of mud bathing
Mud bathing offers a different set of benefits to your well-being. Below are the good things that this treatment brings to your body.
Gets rid of stress
A mud bath is more than just taking a dip from treated mud. Just like any spa treatment, a mud bath isolates people from the outside world by confining them to a room where silence and privacy is observed at all times. The environment and atmosphere of the room is conducive for relaxation as you float on the mud and bask in the tranquil moment.
Alleviates body pains
Due to the anti-inflammatory properties contained in the treated mud, your aching muscles will feel much better once you take a dip into the mud bath. Also, a study has shown that patients with spondylitis, a painful condition caused by inflamed vertebrae, will feel much relief and may even improve spinal symptoms after being treated by mud baths.
Soothes the skin
As mentioned, the treated mud possesses additional minerals such as potassium, sodium, and magnesium. These help treat skin ailments such as psoriasis, eczema, and rosacea, to name a few. However, a mud bath can only help cure these skin conditions if the mud isn’t too grainy.
A mud bath can also help make your skin smoother due to the components included in volcanic ash. On the other hand, the mineral water used on the mud balances the pH levels of your skin, keeping it from getting dry and oil.
Works up a sweat
While sweat can be discomforting especially if it stains your clothes, you should be at ease as you keep sweat running while in this treatment.
Perspiration alone has benefits to help you feel better physically and mentally. As your body sweats, it stimulates the neurochemicals in your head. This results to the production of endorphins that help naturally drown out the pain in your body. At the same time, sweat unclogs your pores and gives way for impurities like cholesterol, salt, and alcohol to exit your body, making you feel much healthier from the inside and out!