Why swimming in the sea this summer is the perfect tonic for mind and body.
Hippocrates first used the word “thalassotherapy” to describe the healing effects of seawater, the Ancient Greeks appreciated the health benefits of this mineral-rich water and bathed and soaked in seawater-filled pools and hot tubs.
There are a myriad of health benefits, in addition to enhancing your mood, a swim in the sea can help increase your immune system function, improve circulation, hydrate your skin and most importantly promote overall well-being. Some even argue it leads to a longer life.
The brave who can swim in it will also benefit from the endorphin boosting properties. Magnesium-rich seawater purportedly can also reduce stress and help induce sleep as well as leading to an increased sense of calm. Perfect for those on the retreat looking to escape daily stress. Seawater used to be used as therapy, rivalled to Prozac in its ability to improve well being. Swimming in warm seawater not only decreases aches and pains but in addition it activates the body’s healing mechanisms to fight conditions such as asthma, arthritis, bronchitis and asthma.
Sea water contains vital elements, vitamins, mineral salts, trace elements, amino acids and living microorganisms that can produce anti biotic and anti bacterial effects to help promote a healthy immune system. Even inhaling a sea mist filled with negatively charged ions or molecules that attach to the lungs also boosts your immune system (which is good news for those who feel the cold). Swimming in seawater promotes the opening of pores allowing the absorption of minerals and the expulsion of toxins from the body.
Your skin’s appearance can also benefit from the magnesium in seawater leading to increased hydration. Perfect for those urbanites who have been exposed to air conditioning and environmental pollution.
So not only a dunk in the sea is perfect post exercise. You have heard of athletes having ice baths, well this reduction in inflammation allows them to recover faster and therefore train harder the next day. The salt water combats inflammation because the magnesium in the salts reduces swelling. On our Cornwall retreats we encourage a daily dunk (even if only waist deep) to allow your largest muscle groups to recover and therefore perform better the following day! Most diseases are correlated with inflammation, so this has a double whammy effect on being good for you!
Seawater enhances the circulation in the body. Bathing in seawater also restores all the essential minerals that are depleted by stress, pollution and modern living.