By Shelby Jones, Public Relations Manager, ISPA

Millions of us are seeking out the beach to take a break from the summer heat. While it helps cool us down, the ocean also has tons of added benefits you probably never knew about.  No wonder Ariel looked so fab all the time. She knew the benefits salt water and seaweed could provide.

Seaweed is commonly used in facials, body wraps and baths for detoxification and rejuvenation. Treatments that utilize it are generally referred to as algotherapy. The health benefits of seaweed are numerous since it contains all the minerals the human body needs including calcium, sodium, magnesium, potassium, iodine, iron and zinc. Seaweed also feeds the scalp helping to make your hair more lustrous.

A seaweed wrap is a common type of body wrap offered at many spas. It’s similar to an herbal wrap combined with heat packs and uses sea water and seaweed with a balance of the ocean’s nutrients, minerals, rare trace elements, vitamins and proteins. All of these benefits are soaked up into your blood stream to revitalize your skin and body. During the treatment, a paste made of seaweed or sea algae is applied then the body is covered with sheets and sometimes blankets for 10 to 20 minutes.  During this process toxins are eliminated, minerals are restored and skin elasticity is improved.

Another type of treatment that takes the healing powers of the sea and puts them into action is thalassotherapy. This ancient Greek therapy uses the vitamins, minerals and trace elements found in sea water to reinvigorate your skin and hair. Thalassotherapy can include various types of treatments like individual baths of fresh sea water equipped with powerful underwater jets that create a deep massage. A therapist can also apply manual massage by using hoses.

The use of sea water and sea air can be used to treat allergies and conditions like asthma and cystic fibrosis. Living near the sea, bathing in salt water and breathing in sea air can all be beneficial. The next time you hit the beach try to take advantage of the natural offerings that surround you.

If you want to learn more about different spa treatments visit ISPA’s spa glossary at experienceispa.com.

Shelby Jones is based in Lexington, KY at the ISPA headquarters, Spa Week’s exclusive trade partner. She has worked as ISPA’s Public Relations Manager for five years where she connects with top media outlets to promote ISPA members and the spa lifestyle. To get in touch with Shelby please visit experienceispa.comemail her or follow @ISPADoYou on Twitter.