Mud baths have been around as early as the fourteenth century. The first mud baths could be found in Ancient Greece, where people from all walks of life gathered to soothe their weary bodies. Typically, mud baths are found in areas where hot spring water is readily available. The hot spring water combines with volcanic ash and peat moss to create a mixture that suspends your body “mid-mud,” leaving your aches and pains behind, and your skin feeling refreshed.
The therapeutic treatment first became popular in the U.S. in the 40s and 50s, and found a resurgence of popularity in the 70s, specifically for the elderly looking for a natural remedy to ease their arthritic pains.
Sorry to all of our Rugged Maniac and other OCR racing customers, being covered in mud from a race doesn’t exactly work the same way as a real mud bath, ha.
Benefits of Mud Baths
Complete Relaxation: Because of the make-up of the mud bath, your body is actually suspended “mid-mud,” so your muscles can completely let loose. For first time mud-bathers, you might even find yourself falling asleep!
Detox: The properties of your mud bath are a natural detox for your body, drawing out any toxins and impurities.
Natural Exfoliation: The volcanic ash is known for exfoliating your skin and leaving it softer than before.
Aches Be Gone: You’ll find the mud bath to relieve muscle and joint pains and aches, as well as alleviating inflammation throughout your body. In addition to relieving aches and pains, the geothermal water used in these spa treatments is known to improve circulation.
Soothe the Skin: Mud baths are a perfect remedy for those suffering from eczema, psoriasis, acne, athlete’s foot, and dermatitis.
What to Expect
You’ll find the most traditional spas offering complete mud baths in Europe and the US’ west coast, so what should you expect once you make your appointment for an afternoon of relaxation?
- Initial Shower: This first step cleans your skin and prepares you for the mud bath.
- Step into the mud: Your mud bath will typically be around 110 degrees, a very warm and thick mixture. You might find it difficult getting your entire body covered in the mud, but your spa attendant will help cover any parts you’ve missed. You’ll typically be in the mud bath for about twelve minutes, and might experience the sensation of weightlessness as you’re completely suspended.
- Shower number two: In this second shower you’ll remove all of the mud, and might need to “scrape” some of the stickier parts off of your body.
- Massaging Mineral Bath: You’ll be in this bath for about 15 minutes. The natural mineral bath helps to improve circulation while relieving any aches, and the jets massage your body, lending further relaxation.
- Wrap Up: The final step of your mud bath experience includes a blanket wrap. You’ll typically be taken into a separate relaxation room, often times with essential oils for aromatherapy, and you might even find yourself taking a nap during the cool down process.
Mud Baths at Home?
Mud baths are difficult and messy to duplicate at home. However, you can replicate all of the benefits of mud baths with DirtyBird Soaps, without destroying your bath and incurring the expense of a spa mud treatment.
The bars are created using essential palm and coconut oils which will soothe skin and remove toxins. Biodegradable jojoba beads will gently exfoliate the skin leaving it soft and glowing (without having to visit a volcano to find ash). The caffeine in the Energy Bars will also act as an antioxidant to further sooth the skin and giving it a youthful appearance.
For those interested in soothing aching muscles and relaxing the body the ylang ylang, chamomile, and lavender essential oils in the Relax Bar all relax the body and improve circulation.