Thalassotherapy, Spa or Hydrotherapy?

Are you stressed? Tired and mistreated by everyday life, and you want to relax? So leave your tensions elsewhere and fly away on a cloud of relaxation with the most prestigious thalassotherapy resorts in Tunisia.

In the land of hospitality, Mediterranean sweetness, perfumes of jasmine and orange blossom, well-being is deeply rooted in the Tunisian tradition. From the Roman baths to the medina hammams, water has always been a source of beauty and natural health. Bordered by 1300 km of coastline, Tunisia presents one of the world’s leading destinations for Thalasso. Today, it occupies the second-largest Thalasso destination in the world after France with nearly 150 000 spa guests per year and nearly 450 centers dedicated to well-being (Thalasso and spa). There are currently about sixty thalassotherapy centers with very complete facilities. Between thalasso-pleasure and advanced services, Tunisia has found the perfect balance. On the occasion of a spa, it also reveals an irresistible oriental charm. Marvel of sweetness, its Mediterranean climate offers more than 300 days of sunshine a year. The thalassotherapy and the spa represent the alliance of modern well-being.

Thalassotherapy is defined as the combined use, for preventive or curative purposes, under medical supervision, of the benefits of the marine environment which includes: the marine climate, seawater, marine mud, algae, sands, and other substances extracted from the sea. Beauty rituals of leading brands, energetic massages for the harmony of body and mind, benefits of plants, aesthetic medicine of the latest generation, techniques of relaxation or muscle building, thalassotherapy establishments practice hydrotherapy using only seawater.

A spa refers to a beauty or fitness facility using hydrotherapy in a luxurious setting whether it is part of a hotel, a spa, or exists as such. The methods used can include the bath and the hydromassage shower, the mud bath, the steam bath, the sauna, the aquatic gymnastics … Around the world, many spas have been created. With its specialized trade magazines, international trade fairs, various associations, staff training is starting to get organized and an international community of fitness centers has gradually emerged.

Hydrotherapy refers to all the care and activities that can be followed in a spa and that are related to the exploitation and use of thermal waters for recreational or health purposes. The principle of hydrotherapy is to use for its care only water from the local source. They are highly mineralized thermal waters. Their mineral composition gives them therapeutic properties. This relates as well to the history, the economy, the actors, the inheritance as to all the means (medical, health, social, administrative …) implemented in the thermal spas during the cures.

A spa treatment is a medical treatment that takes place in a spa for three weeks, during which the spa is treated for its affection by natural mineral waters and hot springs and their by-products. There are two types of thermal water treatment:

External hydrotherapy: consists of baths, showers, mud applications, sprays, or massages. 
Internal hydrotherapy: includes, in particular, the treatment of drink but also aerosol therapy, with for example the inhalation of water spray.

Since the mid – the 2000s, the debate has been evolving in favor of the effectiveness of hydrotherapy, following the multiplication of studies on the subject and their more rigorous methodology than in the past. The spa treatment is part of the general framework of hydrotherapy, which is to say the commercial exploitation of this activity.

Spa establishments also offer non-medical care, comfort often called ‘fitness’. It can also benefit from shorter courses, oriented towards relaxation and well-being where other types of care complement the spa by. Bathing as a source of health and well-being, massages, and body care occupy a large place in the cultural tradition of Tunisia. The hammam is a must for the cure: vaults and basins, the sound of water, and diffuse light creates an unreal atmosphere where the steam bath brings its benefits.

Rich in a very old spa tradition, Tunisia has embarked on the launching of fully renovated spa resorts, in accordance with both the international standards of hydrotherapy and the new requirements of tourism health and well-being. Particularly at Cape Bon, northern Tunisia is characterized by its great geological complexity, which is associated with a fairly large number of hot water points. These thermal events known since Roman times are exploited in the form of popular Hammam, with thermal water, thermal swimming pool facing the mountains, facilities adapted for disabled people: the new spas are not lacking in assets.

Tunisia benefits from recognized know-how. The quality of the services, the luxury, and the comfort of these centers, worthy inheritors of the Roman baths of Carthage, characterize the thalassotherapy in our country. Respect of protocols, water quality, medical supervision: everything is done in the state of the art. With something more: the sun, the smile, and the natural kindness of Tunisians.

Whatever the region of your choice, thalassotherapy centers await you all along the Tunisian coastline. You will enjoy the benefits of the care and poetry of sun-drenched seascapes, even in the heart of winter … Many hotels have a wellness center that offers a wide range of massages, wraps, and treatments of beauty. Some have a real thalassotherapy center or luxury spa; whether you opt for a la carte treatments or for a complete cure.

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