Thursday, 29 October 2009

Seaweed Bath anyone???

One of Phil's friends, Des, grew up in Sligo and sent us a list of things to do and see while we were in this part of Ireland. Des highly recommended a seaweed bath. So we found the Voya Seaweed Baths and booked a double bath room for 50 minutes.

Ireland has a long tradition of seaweed bathing which began around 300 years ago. The algae and seawater are therapeutic and helps with arthritis, aches and pains and other ailments.

The seaweed is collected fresh from the sea every morning. It is only used once, and then is sent to a farm to be used as fertiliser. The bath is filled with seaweed and hot sea water. Anyone of any age can enjoy a seaweed bath.
There is no other way to describe the initial feeling of getting into a bath full of seaweed as plunging into a bath of gloop...It is the most revolting feeling to begin with, having a film of gloop all over your body, and then strangely it becomes quite relaxing. The kids loved it and enjoyed rubbing the seaweed over their bodies, and then decided to make Phil a sea monster!
Once our time was up, we drained the baths and had to put the used seaweed into a bucket. This is what we found at the bottom of the baths.
Thankfully this little crab kept his nippers to himself!!!

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