Getting Dirty at the Spa

When it comes to beauty products and treatments, natural ingredients are always the way to go.  They’re less likely to clog your pores, and you’re less likely to be allergic to them. And then when you really think about it, what’s more natural than mud?  Mud baths have been around since Cleopatra’s time and since then have been turned into a high end spa treatment.

You are immersed in a giant tub of warm, soft mud where you float just under the surface. The mud bath is usually heated to around 100 degrees so you start to sweat and cleanse your body.  The feeling is probably the closest most people will come to weightlessness.  After the mud bath, you rinse off in mineral whirlpool bath, usually followed by some time in the steam room.  Don’t you just feel relaxed already?

What you’re bathing in when you take a mud bath isn’t your regular, everyday mud that you find at the park.  This mud is a special mixture of volcanic ash, hot spring water, peat moss to make it feel soft and luxurious, and sometimes an aromatherapy ingredient is added for an extra calming effect.  Talk about quality mud.

Because volcanic ash is needed for the treatment and isn’t exactly found on every corner, mud bath treatments are rare which makes them even more desirable to those ladies that seek only the highest forms of luxury.  Places near the Dead Sea and Napa Valley California are known for their mud bath treatments since they had volcanic activity nearby at one point in history.

You might be curious what exactly bathing in a vat of warm mud can do for you, especially since we’ve always been told from the time we were toddlers not to play in such “dirty” things like mud.  Well, the fact of the matter is that there are no proven health benefits other than simple relaxation, but those that take and administer mud baths often swear that it removes toxins, relieves joint and muscle pain, and improves complexion.

Not for nothing, I am kind of curious about this interesting spa treatment.  After all, it is Spa Week!

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