I recently experienced the new hot cold wellness treatment of the Thermes Marins de Saint-Malo, very effective for problems of heavy legs. I took a late afternoon appointment at Spasiba – I prefer, to enjoy the full benefits, without having to run after. As I arrived very advance, I choice to relax in the sauna and steam bath cabins. After my training in South Tirol, now I can enjoy the dry heat of the sauna I alternate with the steam bath. I could spend hours, when Paola, my therapist, fetches me. The hot cold treatment begins with a cryogenic wrapping of legs to revitalize the circulatory function. Understand the cold effect: more you have circulatory problems, more you feel a bitter cold in your lower body, like a plogeon in an ice cube tray! This wrap is made of kelp, derivative of mint (cooling agent), extract of small Holly (draining venotonic) and extract of Horse Chestnut (tonic, decongestant and draining). For the upper body, the application of the Mousse Marine Auto-chauffante relaxes and releases tension in the upper back. The ingredients are the famous kelp that revitalize stimulate, tone and remineralize the skin, as well as clay to drain, clean, remineralize, soften and absorb impurities from the skin. Once coated the entire body, Paola works by pressures the points of tension between my neck and shoulders : not very pleasant. Then I take a shower: not so easy to rinse the clay! And it smells like the sea, the Brittany coat, yes really, lol!
I still feel the Arctic in the legs, while Paola applies the Crème Criste Marine for hydration of the upper body. This cream contains extracts of spirulina (to nourish, regenerate and remineralize the skin), Samphire (for brightness), Chondrus (for hydration), water Sea (to regenerate and remineralize) and sesame oil (as a moisturizing and anti-irritant). For legs: the Gelée Fraîche Jambe Lourde, with kelp (to tone, stimulate and remineralize), Sea water (tonic and invigorating), extract of Horse Chestnut and Butcher’s Broom (as adraining and venotonic), menthol (cool), essential oils of sage and rosemary (as a tonic and decongestant) and minerals and marine trace elements (such as catalysts of cellular metabolism). Sorry for this long list of components and their action, but I think it is important to know what we apply on our skin. FINALLY I feel REALLY detressed and completely “mellow” and almost asleep. Unfortunately it’s already the end of the treatment. And I stay a bit in the relaxation room before going to the changing room, where I notice my legs were deflated! In the street, I feel like having a fresh light pair of chopsticks (the cold feeling persists), it’s very pleasant! And I just feel good.
Photos : Mademoiselle Le K – copyright 2012, tous droits réservés.
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