Thalassotherapy is based on the curative properties of seawater and seaweed - both very rich in mineral salts and trace elements, vitamins and amino acids. The concept of thalassotherapy relies on the simultaneous use of all aspects of the marine environment with both a preventative and curative objective.
Soma Bay provides ideal conditions for a seawater spa: Very pure seawater inhabited by one of the most beautiful coral reefs in the world combined with a favorable climate with stable temperatures and high atmospheric pressure with wind, heat and dryness originating from the desert mountains and relative humidity coming from the Red Sea.
Treatments respond to the needs for:
- Improved blood circulation
- Relief of minor back and neck ailments
The effectiveness of the different treatments complement and reinforce one another, resulting in new vitality, improved form and more balanced health.
More than 4,000 years ago the Greek poet Euripides acknowledged the curative and regeneration powers of the sea while writing "The sea heals man’s illnesses." But the Greeks were not alone. The Romans too had a saying: "Sanus per Aquam", or health through water. This is the origin of the modern acronym "Spa."
Many years later, in 1867, this simple observation gave birth to a new medical discipline established by Doctor Bonnardière of France. Named thalassotherapy, it borrowed two words from the Greek language: "thalassa" (the sea) and "therapea" (healing process).
Since inception, medical science has researched the extraordinary therapeutic powers of seawater; especially when experienced in a natural marine environment and climate.
By 1778, the first thalassotherapy institute opened its doors at Dieppe in France, and was quickly followed by a number of other establishments, including, in 1815, a thermal spa at St. Malo. More than a century of observation and experimentation followed before the establishment of the first truly modern centers of thalassotherapy.
From its origins in France, the modern version of thalassotherapy migrated to many parts of the world, from North Africa to Japan and Indonesia, and most recently, to Egypt’s Red Sea, where sun, sea and climate combine to provide a unique therapeutic experience.