When we talk about mud we all have memories pop up about those crazy wonderful childhood days when we were slipping and sliding and covering ourselves with glorious mud.
Mud is historically believed to deliver magic to our skin and body. But why? And is all mud the same?
Firstly, no, all mud is not created equal. The composition of the mud used in beauty therapies and skincare is built up of a completely different mineral component than the mud we used to play in as kids.
Mud for Therapies:
The mud used by therapists is specially selected for its therapeutic properties and they all differ in their mineral contents, based on where it is sourced from. Mud from Korea, or from Turkey, has different mineral levels than our Thermal Mud here in Rotorua. For instance, Rotorua Thermal Mud has a high level of sulphur and silicon.
This therapeutic use of mud is called “pelotherapy” from Pelos, the Greek word for mud. There is a record that shows that nearly 2,000 years ago mud was already recommended for clear skin, arthritis and rheumatism.
Mud therapies have been popular for thousands of years and Spa’s are still offering body wraps, face masks and mud baths, based around the properties of that specific mud.
Rotorua Thermal Mud:
Our Rotorua Mud stems from its natural, thermal surroundings. It is unique and only present in a small part of the world where the perfect amount of thermal activity connects with the surrounding native environment.
Thermal Mud is considered to be the ‘magic of the earth’: thermal water from deep within the earth forces itself up, mixes with soil that is filled with native organic matter (and young volcanic soil in our case) and voilà, therapeutic Thermal Mud is born!
Rotorua, with its numerous hot thermal springs, thermal geysers and boiling Thermal Mud has been known for over a century to be THE place for healing and revitalising. People travelled form all over the world to take to the waters – looking for great skin and relief from aches and pains.
How does Thermal Mud work:
By applying Thermal Mud onto the skin, it dries and creates an active barrier. An occlusive system is formed, increasing the skin’s temperature and improving the micro-circulation throughout the body. The increased blood flow flushes the body’s toxins to the small veins near the surface of the skin. The mud draws the toxins out the skin and releases its minerals, resulting in healthy, clean, rosy and glowing skin.
We believe Rotorua Thermal Mud to be the ultimate detox; it cleanses, detoxifies and relaxes – true MAGIC!