The ocean has long been touted as having therapeutic benefits. In Victorian England, people would visit special hospitals on the coast where they would bathe in the saltwater. Today, thalassotherapy has become a popular spa treatment, taking advantage of these believed benefits. The name comes from the Greek word “Thalassa,” meaning ocean.

The practice has been used in Europe for centuries, dating back to the Roman Empire when soldiers used hot seawater baths to recuperate after battles. The practice has grown in popularity since then and can now be found along most European sea lines.

Thalassotherapy can take many forms, including seawater baths, pools, exercise within heated pools, sea products, and climate therapy.

It’s mainly found in locations with a maritime climate where seawater can be drawn locally and applied to baths, pools, and treatments.

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