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Thalassotherapy, the good done by sea water

Photo:Turismo da Madeira
Photo:Turismo da Madeira

It’s no coincidence that we feel good when we’re by the sea. For those looking for well-being and caring about their health, the therapeutic properties of Atlantic waters that bathe the Portuguese coast are a source of balance.

It is well known that Portugal has a very close connection with the Atlantic at various levels, both economic and leisure. But this ocean also has characteristics that make the water richer for the practice of thalassotherapy. It’s a source of vital elements and has a composition similar to human plasma, which allows it to have a beneficial effect on the physical and mental well-being. Its trace elements include magnesium, iodine, lithium, zinc, copper, selenium and calcium, among many other minerals that are essential to the body.

The combined use of water, air and marine extracts such as algae, sand and mud has regenerating effects. The most common programmes are dedicated to alleviating fatigue and stress, and for general convalescence and recovery, but there is a great variety and something always appropriate for each case.

There are specialist centres with modern equipment in various regions - in Porto and the North, in Central Portugal, in Lisbon, in the Algarve and on the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo. Toning, moisturising and rejuvenating are some of the keywords that they share.

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