For centuries, water has been used in various forms around the word as therapy from everything from colds to arthritis to weight-loss to jet lag. And for good reason. Water can deliver key minerals and nutrients in a more potent way. Plus, the physical sensation of being immersed in water has a calming effect on us, perhaps because we think we are back in the womb, or perhaps because it’s just fun! Whether inside or out, there are many ways to take the plunge this summer.
The mineral mix of ocean water is incredibly healing – both inside and out. Saltwater is known to clear up skin rashes, acne and help speed up the healing process of cuts and scrapes. Add to that the benefits of the vitamin D you’ll soak up from the sun, a day at the beach is just what the doctor ordered (just remember to wear that SPF). If you’re in New York, try Fort Tilden if you want the beach all to yourself or Jacob Riis if you like some live music and festivities with your beach day.
Baths have been shown to reduce stress, boost immunity, provide relief for sore muscles, increase circulation and even help digestion. Spa Castle delivers the complete traditional Korean bathhouse experience. They offer a series of pools designed for specific therapies, like muscle relaxation of digestion. Aire Ancient Baths an ancient Roman take on the bathhouse, with their own selection of hot, cold, bubbling and even salt-water pools.
You can always make your medicinal bath with Epsom salts and essential oils, or try Pursoma for next level therapy. Made from mineral-rich sea salt from Brittany, France, seaweed and green French clay, their Minerals de Mer soak helps you sweat out toxins, while soothing and tightening skin.
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