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How and why you should try mud therapy spa treatments


Mud therapy, including a range of cleansing and healing practices, has been around for thousands of years, introduced to different cultures around the world with their own variations. Now experienced in luxury spas in the UK, they can be a wonderful way to prepare for another therapy such as a massage, as well as being a spa treatment in their own right.

For centuries, mankind has indulged in the benefits of mud bathing. The belief is that the mineral-rich mud not only softens and heal the skin, but that the healing magnesium, potassium and sodium are absorbed into the system, thus promoting deep relaxation, improving sleep and detoxifying the body.

Benefits of mud therapy can include:

  • Reduction of everyday and professional stress.
  • Sleep quality and quantity can be improved by up to 80% within 14 days.
  • There’s some evidence to show that depressive symptoms can be reduced by 40 to 60%.

Spas that offer mud therapy

There are many spas across the UK that offer mid therapies in different shapes and sized. For example, The Spa at Dolphin Square offers a luxurious Rasul treatment experience. Bryn Meadows are experts in tailoring their mud treatments to the season, and the Macdonald hotels group have introduced rasul mud chambers to enhance the spa experience at many of their destinations.

Accompanying them, Rockliffe Hall has recently introduced a mud therapy room, offering mud rasul treatments and extending the experience with other sensory stimuli as well for further benefits.

Mud Rasul

The Mud Rasul is an enjoyable experience, made to be shared with others. Essentially they are dedicated, private steam rooms. You are given muds to apply to your face and body, or you can help your partner apply them as well. As part of the treatment, sometimes the spa will suggest applying a scrub to your skin first, sometimes they recommend it after the mud. You then relax in the steam room with the mud on to let it work its magic, detoxing, softening and nourishing the skin. The muds benefits are enhanced by the steam in your private chamber, and mud is removed by a tropical monsoon.

Mind Therapy Room Session at Rockliffe Hall

Turning mud therapy into a more extended treatment, this mind therapy session at Rockliffe Hall involves 30 minutes of profound relaxation, cocooned on their spa wave bed.

The Binaural Acoustic & Dynamic Stimulation combines the gentle sound waves of special music with a highly efficient vibration massage system integrated into the lying surface. While the special sounds slow down the mental activity, the vibration massage acts specifically on the energy centres (chakras) of the body.

This innovative sound massage system combines the effects of deep relaxation techniques as well as meditation and mindfulness. Spa.Wave offers a quite extraordinary and special effective relaxation and anti-stress experience.

Clinical studies from the US have demonstrated the efficacy of Quantum Harmonic audio therapy, which is the basis for the Spa.Wave system. Scientists also found that the special sound frequencies are suitable for a wide range of applications:

When the brain waves vibrate in the alpha-to-delta mode, the deep rest produced by this effect not only affects the soul, but the whole organism. As a “switching centre” our brain regulates the vegetative nervous system and influences the organ functions of our body.

The positive effects:

  • Heart rate and pulse rate slow down, blood pressure drops.
  • The breathing becomes deeper and calmer.
  • The muscle tension decreases.
  • The vessels expand and the blood flow increases.
  • The production of stress hormones decreases.
  • The immune system is activated.

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