Natural healing agents

Strunjan

Seawater

  • Seawater not only provides pleasant refreshment but also affects the body through its mechanical characteristics, temperature and chemical characteristics, i.e. with microelements that are absorbed through the skin. An additional positive effect is provided by the reflection of sunrays, especially the ultraviolet ones.

Seawater at Talaso Strunjan

  • There is no better water than clean seawater in summer so our ecologically pristine swimming complex at Talaso Strunjan is the perfect spot to enjoy it. We put seawater at Talaso Strunjan to good effect, with treatments such as exercising in the sea, swimming, walking in the beach water at different depths, exercising in the seawater pool, heated to 31° C, and therapeutic exercising in the baths with underwater massage.

Healing properties of seawater

  • Due to its chemical composition and temperature seawater is mainly used in the summer for bathing, while in winter we can heat it up to a certain temperature and use it for its balneological properties. Swimming in the sea has a beneficial effect on rheumatic disorders, back and muscle pain; it reduces inflammation, relaxes and stimulates the excretion of surplus fluid from the body. It also stimulates different organ functions (liver, kidneys, skin) that remove harmful substances from the body. Accumulated substances move via the lymphatic system towards the skin surface and salt quickens their excretion.

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The seawater analysis

 Seawater
Temperature The highest in July and August (above 24° C), in September it cools down to less than 22° C, in winter it is around 17° C. The lowest temperature is in February (around 7° C).
Chemical analysis
  • Slightly alkaline, with pH 8.3.
  • Salinity = 37.3 PSU
  • Conductivity = 50.8 ms/cm2 (typical for all the Adriatic and Mediterranean waters)
It contains mostly the cation sodium (11600 mg/l) and the anion chloride 
(20300 mg/l), which is typical for seawater. It also contains a lot of magnesium (1480 mg/l) and calcium (428 mg/l). There is a high concentration of sulphate (1100 mg/l) among anions, other anions are much fewer (all together under
300 mg/l). The concentration of iodides is rather high, yet still a lot under the threshold of 50 mg/l.

 

 Seawater
Cations Mg/l M
Na 11600 23
K 0,4 39
NH4   18
Mg 1480 12
Ca 428 20
Fe   27,9
Mn   27,5

 

 Seawater
Anions Mg/l M
F 0,7 19
Cl 20300 35,5
NO2 0,002 46
NO3 9 62
SO4 1100 48
HPO4 1,4 50
HCO3 213 61

Sea salt

  • Sea salt is rich in different substances. It contains at least 80 different minerals, including carbonates, sulphates, also calcium, potassium, bromine, sodium, manganese, magnesium, iodine, iron, fluorine and silicon acid. Due to its composition it has a beneficial effect on the skin in the form of wraps, massages and peels.

Sea salt at Talaso Strunjan

  • Strunjan Landscape Park, a part of which is Talaso Strunjan, is famous for its ancient saltpans where traditional salt production has been preserved till today. Their sea salt is rich in minerals and it is the key ingredient of numerous healing and beauty treatments.

Healing properties of sea water

  • Sea salt has a beneficial effect on the skin and is helpful with dermatitis, psoriasis and various skin eczemas. It functions as an antiseptic and antihistaminic, and thus decreases allergic reactions.

Maritime climate

  • The sea, the aromatic aerosol of the sea and the Mediterranean vegetation, small fluctuations temperatures during the day and year are the main characteristics of the pleasant maritime climate. Strunjan climatic health resort is ideal for patients with respiratory problems.

Maritime climate at Talaso Strunjan

  • The Strunjan microclimate, a part of which is Talaso Strunjan health resort, is characterised by mild temperatures (between 22° C and 27° C in summer, and rarely below 6° C in winter), little precipitation, local air circulation which lessens the summer humidity, average relative annual humidity between 65 and 73%, 90 sunny days a year, up to 356 hours of sunshine in July, and lack of fog. With its 2,300 hours of direct sun radiation Strunjan exceeds the international criterion for health resorts by more than a half. In addition to moderate easterly and south-easterly winds in winter and early spring, bora appears with a higher intensity which has a stimulating effect on asthmatic patients in its anticyclone form.

Healing properties of maritime climate

  • The Strunjan air has a favourable effect on the respiratory system (it strengthens the mucosa of the airways) and on the general wellbeing due to the aerosols emitted by the sea. It is also distinguished by the low concentrations of bacteria, allergens and smoke, high concentrations of partial oxygen pressure and relatively high concentrations of sodium, chlorine, bromine and iodine.

Sea mud (fango)

  • Healing sea mud or fango from the Strunjan saltpans is excellent for treating rheumatic disorders, while fango mud wraps combined with exercises, treatments and massages beneficially affect back pain as well.

What is sea mud

  • Sea mud is formed in shallow bays where fresh and salt water mix. According to the analysis performed by the Laboratory for Water Technology, Strunjan saltpan mud can be classified among soft sediments with fine-grained structure. It belongs to the group of salty, slightly sulphuric sea silts. It is slightly alkaline and presents certain properties of both, the sea and continental mud.

Healing properties of sea mud

  • Its use is recommended for treatment of degenerative diseases of the musculoskeletal system, spine and inflammatory rheumatic disorders (especially in remission), gynaecological diseases, chronic inflammatory diseases of the urogenital tract, skin diseases and rehabilitation of minor trauma patients. However, it is not advised for hypertonic patients and for those with peripheral changes of the skin in the form of varicose and other vascular changes

    The mud is cleaned and heated prior to its use for medical purposes. It is used in the form of wraps which have a physical and chemical effect.

    Physical effect

    The physical effect appears because the mud contains a large amount of warmth while the level of emitting warmth is very low. The thermic effect is achieved at the temperature of 38° C to 39° C. The mud wrap also causes pressure to the skin, the blood vessels underneath widen, and the local circulation is improved. Consequently, muscle tension is reduced, connective tissue becomes looser and all this results in a pain relief effect. The internal organs have a reflex reaction which is very important for chronic inflammatory processes. Wraps trigger exfoliation of the upper skin layers, which cleans the skin and stimulates its regeneration.

    Chemical effect

    The chemical effect of the mud is caused by the absorbed particles (iodine, cobalt, magnesium, nickel, iron, sulphur and aluminium) which at first affect the skin and then remotely the vegetative centres. Mud wraps prevent the destruction of the collagen tissue and lab indicators of inflammation in chronic rheumatic diseases in remission phase are lower.