Mud baths originated hundreds of years ago. It is said that Cleopatra pampered herself in mud baths with mud from the Dead Sea. Today, people flock to spas to immerse themselves in the thick substance that rejuvenates their mind, body and soul.
A mud bath typically consists of soaking in a mud paste which is about 100 degrees F for 10 to 15 minutes. From there, you rinse off in a mineral shower and move to a whirlpool bath and then are wrapped in blankets to slowly cool down the body.
The type of mud used for a mud bath will depend on location of the spa. Typically, mud paste is a mixture of clay, ash, peat and water. It is usually acquired from locations around the world, such as the Middle East.
A mud bath offers both physical and mental benefits. It detoxifies the skin of chemicals, exfoliates and softens the skin, clears up acne, relieves tension and stress, and has been known to help with arthritis. It also offers relaxation and rejuvenation of the mind and body.
Many travel to California's Napa Valley region, which offers Calistoga mud baths, where the mud is a mixture of clay, peat and Calistoga hot springs mineral water.
If you are pregnant or on any medications regularly, you should consult your doctor before getting a mud bath.