Energy refuel with a Thalasso cure at of Germany coasts.
Frau Holle has washing day. Thick mist billows over the sea, swallowing houses, trees and the Baltic Sea shore of Warnemunde. The wind drives damp cold into every fold of the jacket. Uncomfortable Bibber Weather. But while years ago the coastal resorts on the North Sea and Baltic Sea went into a kind of hibernation at this time of year, today the hotels in Heiligendamm, at Juist or in Cuxhaven Well booked all year round. Thalassotherapy in the cold season are considered an insider tip among relaxation and recreation seekers. Also the three ladies in the swimming pool of the hotel "Neptun" in Warnemunde are not impressed by the harsh winter weather. Chatting happily, they swim their laps in the 30-degree Baltic Sea water. It is pumped from the sea outside the front door through a 400-meter pipeline directly into pools and wellness showers.
A pipeline of health
Because seawater has miraculous powers. "A bath in the sea rejuvenates, vitalizes, heals and cares for the skin, including bathing in a seawater pool," explains medical advisor and spa doctor Regina Schwanitz. Each drop contains an entire ampoule full of active ingredients, including sodium chloride known as table salt, magnesium, calcium and iodine compounds, as well as potassium, lithium and zinc ions. This balanced ratio of minerals. Trace elements make seawater so valuable as a remedy. This was recognized almost 2000 years ago by the Greek physician Hippocrates: "Whoever taps into the treasures of the sea and knows how to use them will find nourishment and well-being in it.And the poet of antiquity, Euripides, said: "The sea washes away all evil from man"."
This observation was shared in the mid-18. This was also the opinion of the London physician Richard Russell at the beginning of the twentieth century. His finding: coastal dwellers get sick less often than people living inland. Russel's patients enjoyed seawater baths. Also Dr. Joseph La Bonnardière trusted the cleansing, purifying and regenerating effect of the sea substances. He coined the term "Thalassotherapy", which is derived from the two Greek words "thalassa" (the sea) and "therapeia" (the treatment) composed. In 1897, the French biologist Rene Quinton scientifically proved what had previously been regarded as the knowledge lead of medical visionaries: "Our organism is an aquarium in which several billion cells bathe." The mineral composition of seawater and human blood plasma are similar. That is why the organism can absorb nutrients from the sea so well. And that is why it is so good for people.
The algae bath becomes an unforgettable experience.
The daily schedule of most Thalasso wellness hotels is full to the brim. Everything that the sea offers is used: Algae and mud packs, aqua fitness and climate walks, seawater showers or mist spray inhalations – complemented by Thalasso menus and soothing algae teas. The algae bath in the Thalasso tub in the hotel "Neptun" is the highlight of each cure and a special ceremony: The tub stands in a corner room with marvelous view of the promenade old river and the Baltic Sea. "We start with a Algae peelingThe tub is located in a corner room with a magnificent view of the Alter Strom promenade and the Baltic Sea," explains the wellness therapist, spreading a sky-blue rubbing paste over the entire body. The lounger is comfortably warm. White sails flash outside the window in the warm light of the winter sun like a greeting from the past summer. This treatment alone could last forever. "Now please take a shower," the therapist ends the brief dream as she adds a seaweed concentrate to the tub.
The bath smells like fish soup
The brown broth does not look very tempting. It smells of fish soup. One kilo of fresh algae stores amino acids, trace elements and vitamins from around 100,000 liters of seawater. So: into the soup! Fine jets of water spray from 250 nozzles, kneading, rubbing and plucking the body for 25 minutes. It's exhausting. Already in the tub one's eyes slowly fall shut. There's only one thing to do: snuggle up in a soft blanket in the relaxation area, put on headphones and watch the seagulls dance over the Baltic Sea.
Germany's coasts are fundamentally different
The North Sea is rough and wild, the Baltic Sea friendly and mild. North Sea lovers like the rarely resting strong wind, the waves crashing on the beach, the rumbling of the surf, the smell of salt water and mud. The North Sea coast is ebb and flow, the coming and going of the water, changing every six hours, and the omnipresent "Moin moin" of the fishermen. The Baltic Sea seems harmless in comparison. Small waves, wide sandy beaches, mild weather as well as the most hours of sunshine in Germany. Sensitive minds may feel more comfortable here, while the North Sea is more suitable for robust natures.
But it's not just the climate that distinguishes the two coasts: While the water of the North Sea has a salt content of about 3.2 percent, it lies in the Baltic Sea only at about 1.7. That is why the air at the North Sea has a stronger healing power for the respiratory tract than at the Baltic Sea. In addition, the salt tightens the skin. Up to two grams can accumulate on our body's largest organ after a walk on the beach, while the sun's UV radiation is conducive to the release of the body's own anti-inflammatory cortisol.
Regina Schwanitz, a spa doctor, explains the recreational effect of these walks on the beach: "The air we breathe in the sea breeze is completely free of pollutants and allergens. Many tiny droplets of seawater suspended in the air on the coast clean the lungs." Wholesale manager Marina Christoph (57) from Berlin enters the wellness area in her bathrobe. She just starts her 14. Thalassotherapy. "I have been coming to Warnemunde every year since 2001. This cure is balm for body and soul. An effective break from the job that stresses me out a little more each year.