Mud Therapy

Fancy getting all muddy anyone?  All for the fun and good for your skin too !

Mud therapy is the use of natural clay for therapeutic purposes such as facial mud mask but the applications used may be in almost any part of the body. This tradition has been used for thousands of years for its health-promoting effects by multiple cultures. Clay has a unique capacity to detoxify the body, and can positively impact health in multiple ways.

Close to home in New Zealand, our native Maori have been bathing in the geothermal muds and sulphur waters of Tikitere (Moari’s name for Hells Gate)  for more than 700 years and European settlers have been for more than 150 years.  Hellsgate Spa in Rotorua is a historic spa experience which features the geothermal mud baths that replicate the historic mud baths of 150 years ago and still uses the silky smooth grey geothermal grey mud from the geothermal park; and the sulphur spas that use the sulphur water from our ‘Hurutini” pool.

Tikitere, the Maori name for the area is derived from the tragic action of a Maori princess, Hurutini, the young wife of an abusive and shameful chief, who threw herself into the boiling hot pool that bears her name today. Upon finding her daughter’s body floating in the hot pool, Hurutini’s mother cried out a sad lament “Aue teri nei tiki” (“here lies my precious one”), which was shortened to Tikitere and became the name from the thermal reserve and the surrounding area.

According to Hellsgate Spa, this historic spa experience, unique in the world, will leave your skin clean and soft to touch which can last up to 6 weeks after the spa experience due to the amazing properties endowed in the geothermal mud and sulphur water by mother nature.

When my mum was visiting some years ago, we had great fun getting all muddy for health reason.

Mud Therapy

Related links

Hell’s Gate – Rotorua’s most active geothermal attraction

Wikipedia’s version of Tikitere (Hells Gate)

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