Natural therapies can range from wild and unproven to fantastically beneficial. With so many alternative modalities occupying this vast spectrum and more arising every day, it can be exhausting trying to figure out if a treatment will be worth your time and money.
If you’ve been considering mud therapy, we have good news for you: There are many proven benefits to mud baths, mud massages, and face and body masks. Mud therapy is both an ancient and contemporary form of balneotherapy where conditions are treated with mineral-rich, detoxifying water and earth. Topical absorption of nutrients found in the dirt beneath our feet can restore us in many ways – from improving our stress levels, aiding in digestion and immunity, healing muscles and joints and cleansing our skin.
Let’s take a look at some health benefits that have plenty of evidence supporting them.
Mud baths feel incredibly good
This is benefit number one because, no matter what, you can look forward to a relaxing and indulgent experience if you book in for mud therapy. Slipping into a bath filled with warm, soft mud feels indescribably lush, as do mud massages and even a good quality clay mask. The simple act of treating yourself in this way offers a host of calming effects in the simple relaxation of muscles, connection of skin to the land from which the mud comes, and opportunity to sink into the present moment.
Mud therapy can be good for your skin
A little caveat here is that the skin benefits you receive from mud therapy will depend on the contents of the mud, which in turn, will depend on the location of the spa you visit or product you apply. So, it’s always a good idea to ask what’s in the mud and how it might help your skin, whilst appreciating the gift of the locale’s earth.
Generally speaking, the pure act of reducing stress with a mud bath can improve many skin conditions. Your skin and your brain are connected via the brain-skin axis, which is why your emotions are often reflected in break-outs and other flare-ups. So, finding a muddy space of calm could keep your skin calm too.
Minerals and temperature variations can reduce inflammation
Whether it be muscle stress such as that from the shooting pain of sciatica, or joint pain such as that from osteo-arthritis – magnesium, potassium, salt and sulfur-rich, cooling mud (amongst other nutrients) can alleviate many niggling aches you’d resigned yourself to living with. Balneotherapy can be an accessible and important complementary therapy for pain management.
Mud therapy can improve your sleep
By regularly treating yourself to the stress-relieving relaxation of mud baths, you can help alleviate anxiety and tension that contribute to sleep disorders. Of course, if you’re suffering from persistent insomnia or other sleep issues, a check-in with your health practitioner is advisable. However, many people report that the health benefits and meditative moments enjoyed during mud therapy combine to create a powerful natural approach to improving sleep.
With so many benefits to enjoy, mud therapy is always high on our list when a healthy and indulgent treat, or necessary balancing experience, is in order.
If you are looking to experience mud therapy firsthand, try the fabulous Clay Experience at Peninsula Hot Springs