A mud bath is a bath of mud, commonly from areas where hot spring water can combine with volcanic ash. Mud baths have existed for thousands of years, and can be found now in high-end spas in many countries of the world.
Mud baths come from many sources:
- lakes (e.g. Lake Techirghiol)
- saltwater sea (e.g. Dead Sea in Jordan and Israel)
- hot springs (e.g. Calistoga, Napa Valley,California)
- mud volcano (e.g. Pulau Tiga, Malaysia)
Mud baths in the United Statesare mostly found at the resorts in Californiaand Miami Beach, Florida. The mud is a combination of local volcanic ash, imported Canadian peat and naturally heated mineral waters. Historically, the mud bath treatment has been used for centuries in Eastern and Western European spas as a way to relieve arthritis.