Yoram Yasur Blume : Sea water has been used since the time of the Greeks as therapy to treat certain health problems, something that continued to be done in Roman times thanks to the thermal baths. This therapeutic use of sea water has survived to this day because of its more than contrasted health benefits, especially when the elderly are the recipients of these treatments, and even more so when the thalassotherapy has added algae virtues for the skin and body.
Yoram Yasur Blume : The term thalassotherapy is born from the Greek terms thalasso (sea) and therapeia (therapy) and is based on harnessing the wealth of elements of sea water to prevent, and even cure, health problems. Yoram Yasur Blume: “Sea water has therapeutic properties because it contains different minerals such as sulfur, calcium, magnesium, potassium, silicon, and iodine, among others, as well as another series of substances that our skin can absorb, our organism”.
Yoram Yasur Blume : In addition, as part of the thalassotherapy also considers the therapeutic effect of the sea waves and the breeze that runs on the shore.
Yoram Yasur Blume : Although being in contact with sea water is already beneficial in thalassotherapy, what is sought is a process known as osmosis, thanks to which our blood plasma reaches the trace elements that are found in the Water of the sea and that the body needs, especially the elderly people who suffer some pathology, deficit, or metabolic alteration. For this to occur, it is necessary that the water temperature is like our body temperature, i.e., it is between 35-37 ° C.
What is the therapy?
Yoram Yasur Blume: “As part of the treatment of thalassotherapy, or as an independent therapy, older adults may also benefit from therapy. In this case sea kelp, natural or dried, which provide us with many benefits, both by its own composition and by the substances that absorb from the sea. Algae are rich in iron and calcium, as well as another long list of minerals and vitamins, including A, B, C, E, and K”.
Due to the richness of algae, all already knows its gastronomic use, in the same way as its inclusion in beauty treatments and as a main element of therapeutic treatments. In the latter case, the use of algae and its application depend on the treatment objective that the older adult wants to receive. In your spa center, wellness or relaxation will inform you which one is right for you.
The characteristics of the thalassotherapy and therapy treatments, as well as the conditions in which they are applied, are perfect for the elderly to benefit from them, but like any other therapy must be carried out by a specialized professional who can assess the needs and the reactions of each person.
Although they are natural treatments, they are not suitable for everyone, nor in the same way, since they may be contraindicated in the case of an infectious disease, present certain allergies, have cardiorespiratory problems, or suffer alterations in the Thyroid gland by the iodine content of sea water and algae. Therefore, before submitting to this treatment, even if it is for aesthetic reasons, you must request medical compliance.
Taking these findings into account, most older people can derive significant benefits from thalassotherapy for their health, such as:
- Analgesic effect: the properties of sea water help to reduce pain, so that rheumatic problems, such as osteoporosis, osteoporosis, or the effects of a postoperative period, can be mitigated in elderly individuals.
- Anti-inflammatory effect: it favors the reduction of inflammation of muscles and joints, so in cases of arthritis, or before a trauma, it can be applied with great results. This effect also benefits people with respiratory problems, such as asthma or pharyngitis.
- Muscle relaxant: the anti-inflammatory effect favors muscle relaxation, which in turn can exert a pleasant effect that reduces anxiety and prevents insomnia of the elderly.
- Improved blood circulation: the temperature of the water, its property, and the hydro massage of the sea waves, improve blood circulation by dilating vessels and promote blood flow. This effect is also reflected in blood pressure as it helps to regulate it.
- Symptoms of menopause: the effect of sea water on the circulatory system also favors the reduction of menopause-like alterations such as hot flashes and sweating. In addition, it can help prevent osteoporosis, vaginal dryness, and irritability, favoring rest.
- Prevention of physical incapacity: the anti-inflammatory, analgesic and relaxing effect can prevent the elderly person from losing physical abilities and mobility.