Mud Mud glorious Mud
There's nothing quite like it for soothing the blood. So the story goes......
Enormous amounts of literature has been written about the benefits of the therapeutic mud's that are available to the beauty therapy industry.
The medicinal properties of mud is determined by its chemical composition and its physical properties.The most famous mud known to the beauty industry would be The Dead Sea Mud and Moor Mud.
The Dead Sea has a salinity ten times higher that other oceans, it also has a unique composition of minerals, such as magnesium, bromine, iodine, zinc and copper. Salts from the Dead Sea are also renowned for the therapeutic values they have. Psoriasis, arthritis and rheumatism sufferers have all found significant relief bathing in the waters of the Dead Sea. http://www.psoriasis-dead-sea.org/proof.htm
Along the Dead Sea coasts, are deposits of the black mineral mud or more correctly clay. the predominant clay is montmorillonite with major quantities of kaolinite and traces of illite. Because it is a closed sea, water reaches it from rivers and springs, some hot, some fresh. this is how it receives all the organic and inorganic substances that makes it so beneficial.
Today's travelers are finding that a stay at one of Israel's health resorts translates into a time of pampering and relaxation as well as health regimens. The Dead Sea: Israel's most spa-intensive region has been comforting travelers since Cleopatra and Herod the Great sought its curative waters. The region is hot and dry, with air temperatures reaching 86 [degrees] F from September through April and 104 [degrees] F the rest of the year--with almost no humidity. The Dead Sea is the saltiest, most mineral-laden body of water in the world. It's also the lowest spot on earth--where the skin tans, but it doesn't bum.
The is the region has long been known for its ability to treat psoriasis, digestive and urinary tract ailments, metabolic disorders and allergies. Floating in the Dead Sea--a must-do for so many travelers--is fun, but it also relaxes the body, and is therapeutic for the skin and joints.
Romans discovered the curative powers of Israel's hot springs 2,000 years ago. The first bathing facilities were built for therapeutic exploitation of the spring. A sophisticated modem bathing facility at the Dead Sea was opened to the public in 1984.
The spring water is delivered every day for about 16 hours at a rate of 30-40 cubic meters per hour during the summer months and 40-50 cubic meters per hour during the winter months. The water supply inlets and drains of all pools are kept open while the pools are in use and fresh water is constantly circulated through them. The pools are closed to the public at about 17:00 each day, after which they are emptied, cleaned, and refilled. The daily water consumption of all 6 pools is about 800 cubic meters. The pools are filled with water from the Ein Gedi spring, which is the only water used for bathing.
In the early eighties, a company called Dead Sea Health Products developed a method of suspending the minerals together with herbal essences extracted from local plants and grasses in stable emulsions. The result is a natural based top to toe treatment line, marketed to day in over thirty countries.
The specific Black Mineral Mud body treatment relieves joint inflammation, muscle pain and bruises. it is used to detoxify the body and aid lymphatic drainage. Ahava has also developed a wonderful Dead Sea range to recreate a spa in your home or for you to enjoy at your favorite beauty therapy clinic.
Paravango Lava is a potent curative mud almost black in colour which comes from the ash of volcanic mountains or from certain thermal lakes and seas. It can contain among other things, silica, alumina, lime, manganese, sulfur, iron oxides, titanium oxide, soda , potash, copper, organic matter and traces of iodine in variable quantities.
It is obtainable as a 'fango' powder or, more generally mixed with a small quantity of paraffin wax as a 'parafango' and can have other ingredients added to enhance its effect.
Parafango can be used as a full body treatment or a a 'spot' poultice for aches and pains. The mineral content of the lava has a detoxifying effect on the skin tissues, the skin becomes hyperaemic, which means that the circulation is stimulated, sweating is induced, interstitial fluid dissipated, and pains in muscles and joints are relieved, and when the treatment is completed the final effect is one of relaxation and ease.
Mud is also found The Neydharting Moor in Upper Austria. The moor mud used today dates back to the end of the last Ice Age and is considered to be the worlds oldest spa. Today this moor mud is one of the few natural resources totally protected from pollution. Not all moor deposits have beneficial effects, the types that do, which are and rare and only occur in the right conditions are known a pelloid.
The Neydharting Moor is mainly organic pelloid, estimated to consist of over 1,000 different herbs, organic substances, vitamins, trace elements and mineral. These have remained active because, unlike other moors, the valley is situated below ground level and has never dried out. The mud is collected from the bottom of deep, sub-artic bogs where the mud's thickness reaches several meters and is constantly circulated by the action of streaming thermal water.
The Neydharting Spa has grown from a small 8 bedroom spa to a centre with 400 beds and bookings two years in advance.
All Moor Life products are holistic. Ideal for all skin types. This special blend of mostly plants has great penetration abilities. Offering benefits that are anti-inflammatory, astringent and ion-changing.
Mud & clay as a salon treatmentThe origins of body wrapping with clay or mud date back to ancient Egypt, when people would apply mud from the Nile and wrap themselves tightly with reeds, then bake themselves in the sum. The American Indians used clay for may purposes, such as drawing toxicity from boils, skin lesions, insect and other bites. Only special clays were used even using them internally to detoxify the gut and extract poisons from the alimentary tract.
Dr Richard Strem, an American chiropractic physician, having researched various methods of heat wraps and different classifications of clays and mud, developed a detoxifying solution in a Dead Sea Clay carrier. Using the method of compression wrapping many improvements can be made in body conditions. Sea Clay Masque is part of the Universal Contour Wrap from TOTALLY UK.
MOOR mud products are holistic, encompassing the whole body in a natural way. This special blend of mostly plants penetrates the pores of the skin into the blood stream where they reach every cell encouraging the body's won natural healing process. The Body Wrap cleanses and detoxifies the body increasing the circulation.
Parafango from ANESSI is Sea-mud mixed with Paraffin, which helps to stimulate the lymph and draw out impurities. The wrapping technique compress the skin and compacts the soft, fatty tissue making it feel firmer and tighter. Starting the treatment with a Cream-gel exfoliant will remove dead skin cells and allow the Parafango to gently exfoliate the skin. Now water or shower is needed as it is simply peeled off. It can be used a a body polish and for clients with stretch marks. The active ingredients in ampoules such as Carnitine, Ginko Bilbola Extract, combined with the warmth of the parafango work in synergy to degrade fat. The wrap takes an hour and benefits can be improved using an electric blanket to prolong the heat.
DERMOLOGICA uses a blend of Seaweed, botanicals and plant enzymes in a mineral clay base creating the Enzymatic Sea Mud. The Sea Clay cleanses deeply whilst the fruit enzymes smooth the skin dissolving dead skin cells. the treatment can be combined with aromatherapy oils for further revitalizing, replenishing or relaxing.
AVEDA has a seaweed/mud formula called Guam Anti-Cellulite and is suitable for all skin types. Spread over the affected area, lightly massaged and wrapped in cellophane for 45 minutes, After rinsing off, a strengthening gel is massaged in.
ALGOTHERM Mud Therapy uses the unique Saint Michel Marine Mud, found in Isles Chausey, 15kms from Granville France. Used primarily by the medical profession, Algotherm is the only cosmetic company in the world with the rights to use this Marine Mud for beauty therapy purposes. The Mud Therapy treatment by Algotherm begins with a marine body scrub, and application of the glycolic extract of Laminaria seaweed. The Saint Michel Marine Mud is then applied over the whole body wrapped in a plastic wrap then kept warm in a specially designed electric spa blanket. Completion of treatment is a massage of a nourishing body oil or moisturizing body milk.
THALGO Marine Prelude: A re-mineralizing exfoliation which combines Natural marine mud and marine salt . Drawn from the heart of the Dead Sea, Natural Marine Mud contains exceptional mineral richness (copper, zinc, manganese). Aromaceane: A unique and personalized body wrap combining Natural Marine Mud and Essential Oils. Specific manual techniques, reflex activity followed by and aromatic massage, contribute greatly to the efficiency of this THALGO treatment.
PHYTOMER Self Heating Mud: The therapeutic mud treatment made by Phytomer is used to detoxify deep tissues, help relieve any area that is swollen, congested or sore, and aids relaxation. A Rare oxygenating seaweed providing complete exchange between mud and skin. As the mud absorbs trapped toxin and waste, the skin absorbs vitamins and minerals - leaving the skin soft, smooth and exhilarated. This treatment is an experience not to be missed.