Thalassotherapy, the French exception
It was Frenchman Jacques de la Bonnardière who, in 1865, invented the concept of thalassotherapy, contracting two Greek words, thalassa (sea) and therapia (therapy).
Heated seawater has been known for its healing properties since antiquity. The first establishments had a purely medical aspect - from which the great and noble European families benefitted -, whereas thalassotherapy centres today are more accessible, a luxurious combination of seawater and spa treatments, marine virtues and holistic therapies from the world over.
Rigorous personalised care, state-of-the-art equipment and a competent staff ensure a remarkable improvement of the physical condition. Doctors, dieticians, physiotherapists, hydrotherapy specialists and aestheticians all have a solid background and partake in regular training on the latest techniques.
While each centre has its own specialty, all offer these great classics: slimming treatments, programs for new mothers, anti-stress therapy, strategies for getting back in shape and special treatments for the back.
There are now more than fifty world-renowned centres, spread out around the English Channel, on the Atlantic Coast and along the Mediterranean, each promoting an unequalled savoir-faire.