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Thalassotherapy is the medical use of seawater. The properties of
seawater are believed to have beneficial effects upon the pores of
the skin. Thalassotherapy was developed in seaside towns in
Brittany, France during the 19th century. Trace elements of
magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium, and iodide found in seawater
are believed to be absorbed through the skin. The effectiveness of
this method of therapy is not widely accepted as it has not been
proven scientifically. The therapy is applied in various forms, as
either showers of warmed seawater, application of marine mud or of
algae paste, or the inhalation of sea fog. Spas make hot seawater
and provide mud and seaweed wrapping services. This type of therapy
is common in the Dead Sea area.