Ranked second internationally for therapeutic tourism, Tunisia’s health-tourism sector receives approximately 150,000 international tourists and 10,000 Tunisians annually. Thalassotherapy’s use of the natural elements and purified sea products attracts an increasing number of tourists who seek the sunny shores of the Mediterranean to enjoy a relaxing vacation in one of the country’s lavish thalassic hotels. Those seeking the health-related benefits of thalassotherapy are sure to also enjoy a stay in one of Tunisia’s high-quality medical resorts with on tour in Tunisia.
Tunisia began its therapeutic tourism in 1994, and has grown this particular health sector by combining the comfort of luxurious hotels with the rejuvenation of natural mineral-therapy treatments. Touristic health-resorts have experienced rapid growth with state-of-the-art clinics emerging in Sousse, Hammamet, Djerba, and Gammarth. The practices of these centers are regulated strictly under international standards to ensure their authenticity.
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Thalassotherapy comes from the Greek word thalassa, meaning “sea”, and therap meaning “treat”. It is the systematic use of seawater, sea air, and marine products as a form of therapy. With Tunisia’s perfect location and climate beside the Mediterranean Sea, it has become a popular destination in North Africa for those seeking the medical benefits of this natural therapeutic treatment.
Thalassotherapy is an integrated concept of therapy, prevention, and overall health promotion. Thalassotherapy comes in various forms, and encompasses hydrotherapy, such as mineral-rich showers, seawater pools, and hydro-massage, and algotherapy, such as seaweed, algae or mud baths and wraps. Marine extracts can also be found in products used for facials, manicures and pedicures. The principal behind this particular type of treatment is that repeated exposure to sea air and immersion in warm seawater, marine mud, clay, sand, and protein-rich algae helps restore the body’s natural chemical balance. When immersed in warm seawater the body absorbs the minerals and natural trace elements it needs through the skin. The variety of treatments available, each designed to cleanse, soothe and revitalise the skin and body, are also believed to improve circulation and muscle tone.
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