Bursitis Thalassotherapy:
The Healing Power of Sea

'Thalassa' in Greek = 'sea'

Bursitis thalassotherapy is a treatment using all the marine substances the sea has to offer for preventive and therapeutic health purposes, including:

  • Sea water
  • Sea salt
  • Algae and seaweeds
  • Sea mud and clay
  • Marine climate (wind, sand, climate)

"The sea cures all ailments of man." Plato

"The sea washes away all men's illnesses." Euripides

Hippocrates, Aristotle and Cato recommended hot seawater baths with great enthusiasm also. If it was good for them, it's good for me too.

After all, life evolved out of the oceans billions of years ago. So by swimming in the sea and using sea substances we are only returning to our source.

Interestingly, seawater contains almost all of the minerals, trace elements, and vitamins present in human blood plasma. So for us, the sea water is the most complete and healing therapeutic water.

During bursitis thalassotherapy, the mineral trace elements found in seawater get absorbed through the skin, restoring the body's natural chemical balance, helping you to heal your ailment(s). It is heaven particularly for stiff sore muscles and joints.

The French re-introduced thalassotherapy to the modern western world at the beginning of the 20th century in their renowned seaside balneotherapy resorts. And they have been loving it since. Today, the French government will re-imburse you for a thalassotherapy regimen prescribed by your doctor, because their research and experience proves that it will, for sure, make you healthier and so you will use less other healthcare services in the next 6-12 months.

Benefits of bursitis thalassotherapy

The minerals in seawater activate the enzymes in the body to get the sluggish cellular processes moving. Slow cellular activity impacts adversely all major bodily functions. The nutrients don't get where they should in the body and the wastes don't get eliminated. This can lead to serious health problems and diseases over time.

Bursitis thalassotherapy has amazing mechanical, hydrodynamic and chemical therapeutic qualities:

  • Anti-inflammatory, reducing painful swollen joints
  • Natural anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, antiseptic
  • Antioxidant - blocking free radical damage in the body
  • Revitalises body and mind in the time of fatigue and stress
  • Relaxes from bursitis anxiety, promotes good night's sleep
  • Restores chemical balance in the body
  • Supports circulation of blood and lymph to aid detox & healing
  • Improves immunity by detoxifying the body and filling the system with nutrients present in marine environment
  • Cleansing - reducing acids, chemical, toxic and metabolic wastes causing muscle and joint stiffness and inflammation
  • Skin anti-aging, hydrating, strengthening, regenerating, toning
  • Rich in iodine - balances thyroid and hormonal function
  • High in magnesium - releasing muscle spasms, cramps and tension
  • Full of calcium and protein - for healthy joints, bones and muscles that do not put too much pressure on tendons / bursae
  • Water massage brings instant relief to many ailments
  • Hydrodynamic action allows patients of bursitis and other physical conditions to move with more ease in water - exercise the muscles while experiencing less pain and fatigue

How to do it


The spas get really creative with the thalassotherapy treatments these days. It also depends on what type of sea products are naturally occuring in the area of the balneotherapy / thalassotherapy spa.

Some examples:

  • Algae / sea mud wrap

Algae, seaweeds and / or sea mud is applied to your skin. Then you are wrapped into a heated blanket. The heat gets increased gradually so the sea goodness can penetrate into your body through your open pores, draw toxins out, warm your bones, and relax your muscles and mind. Not mentioning the heavenly smooth skin after the treatment!

  • Sea cryotherapy

Cryotherapy means a therapeutic use of ice - so not as pleasant as the nice and warm mud therapy, but super-effective if you have bursitis in your knees / ankles / feet as it will reduce swelling almost instantly, numb the nerves and then later stimulate the blood circulation, which speeds up healing.

  • Thermal bath

This includes whole body baths as well as hand and foot baths where you only immerse a part of your body into hot algae / seaweed / mud / sea salts to improve mobility of joints and tendons.

  • Hydromassage

Underwater showers and jets in a pool of sea water massaging your body.

  • Inhalation

Inhalation of sea water / sea salt steam or sprays.


If you don't have time or finances to go to the spa, or even better, enjoy a trip or holiday at the sea-side, don't despair!

You can treat yourself to a lovely bursitis thalassotherapy session as often you like in the comfort of your own home.

It's just about knowing what to use to truly heal your aches.

There are three types of salts used in joint pain treatment:

  1. non-potent mineral salts (e.g. Epsom salts)
  2. mineral salts
  3. sea salts

The main difference between mineral and sea salts is their content of minerals and other nutrients, which is much higher in sea salts.

While mineral salt baths are also excellent for relief from pain, swelling and toxicity in the body, for true bursitis thalassotherapy treatment you are looking for any combination of the below:

  • sea salts
  • algae and / or seaweeds (dried or powdered for convenience)
  • sea mud

It is also appropriate to add in some bursitis busting aromatherapy essential oils, such as ginger, geranium or lavender to boost the relaxation and therapeutic effect even further. Plus, they smell divine.

Enjoy your healing bursitis thalassotherapy 'me time'!

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