The use of mud in spa treatments (fangotherapy) first became popular in 19th Century Europe where it was, and still is, used to treat a variety of musculoskeletal and skin conditions.
During fangotherapy, thermal mud, containing high concentrations of minerals is spread over the body to help cleanse, purify, and revitalise the skin, minimise muscle aches and pains, and help treat osteoarthritis, gout, and skin irritations. The sensation of being covered in thick warm mud is a unique experience and treatments incorporating ‘fango’ are a regular and popular item on Italian spa menus.
Many studies have demonstrated the beneficial effects of fangotherapy in relieving pain and in improving mobility of rheumatic patients. In fact it’s so beneficial that Italian residents can be reimbursed for treatment by the public health system.
Treatments usually start with the body being covered in ‘fango’ at a temperature of 40-60 degrees Celsius for around 20 minutes. The mud treatment is often followed by soaking in a mineral rich thermal pool or a hot and cold contrast shower.
More than Just a Heat Treatment
Massage and fango treatments are a powerful combination for the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries or conditions. While some believe that mud therapy is a purely a thermal process and similar to any topical application of hot or cold, research in Europe suggests otherwise.
Fango Benefits for the Skin
Fango treatments are a favourite spa treatment for improving the skin’s texture. Clay draws impurities out of the skin, stimulates circulation and assists with natural and gentle exfoliation. Clay can also help to soften dry skin as it is kept moist throughout the treatment.
There are a few studies that suggest that mud therapy can help to normalise the skin’s pH balance, strengthen the skins barrier function as well as support the normal flow of sebum.
Fangotherapy at Ermitage Bel Air Medical Hotel
The Ermitage Bel Air, located in Padova, is a health and wellness clinic with a focus on preventative medicine and rehabilitation. The medical spa offers over forty treatment rooms which are divided into five areas, thermal, orthopaedic, wellness ad cosmetic and swimming.The wellness centre offers a wide range of treatments including fangotherapy body wraps.
Fangotherapy at The Bagni di Pisa Palace & Spa
The luxury Bagni di Pisa Palace & Spa is situated in the same area as San Zeno Church, the Leaning Tower of Piza, and Museo dell'Opera del Duomo. Set between healing hot springs to the east and baths of Mount San Giuliano to the west, the hotel has a team of certified spa and health professionals.
One of their most popular features is the fangotherapy department where the mud is matured for around 6 months before being used in treatments. Near the Bagno di Mercurio you can also find the Salidarium, an exclusive bed of warm salt crystals, which combines the regenerative elements of the Mediterranean Sea.
Fangotherapy at The Grotta Giusti Resort Golf & Spa
The Grotta Giusti Resort Golf & Spa in Tuscany is a 19th century villa, set in a tranquil private park just 2 kilometres outside of Monsumanno Terme The Grotta Giusti has its very own thermal Grotto, a spectacular natural cave divided into different zones with differing levels of heat and humidity.
The Grotto also has an underground hot water pool where visitors can soak and relax in a detoxifying steam bath. As well as a variety of steam baths the Spa offers fangotherapy treatments, ionized baths and inhalation treatments as well as the usual array of massages and anti-aging treatments.
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