The natural riches of Sopot are primarily the seaside climate, fresh air, green areas, which constitute 60% of the city’s area and its healing mineral water springs.
Sopot is characterized by a seaside climate, in which the content of iodine and health-promoting essential oils from the surrounding coniferous forests is particularly important, which makes it an ideal place for active recreation in the bosom of nature or for taking advantage of healing treatments based on Sopot brine, used for health baths and inhalation.
You can take advantage of the city’s healing properties at every step. At the farthest end of the Sopot pier, the concentration of iodine is up to twice as high as on land. While bathing, thanks to the microelements that are found in Sopot’s seawater, sand and sea air, we strengthen our body. Bathing in the waves offers a wonderful body massage, which has rejuvenating and firming properties and helps to improve blood circulation in the body. Paddling in the sea helps to improve blood flow in the legs and makes the vein walls more flexible.
Walks along the seashore and the pier, especially in the sea breeze, make thalassotherapy possible. Meanwhile, the proximity of the beach in sunny weather allows you to take advantage of heliotherapy. The beautiful forests covering the moraine plateau encourage walks and terrain therapy. Vitamin D from the sun, a breeze rich in iodine and surrounding coniferous forests emitting essential oils and fragrances are all close at hand. Along with all of these options, we also have something else – Sopot spa waters.
The spa waters, or brine, from the St. Wojciech spring flow spontaneously from a depth of 800m. It is a 4.3% bromide-iodine brine, containing large amounts of potassium, magnesium, and iodine. The brine contains the same percentage of salt as the Red Sea. In its natural concentration of 4.3% it can only be used for external purposes such as inhalation or bathing. The brine is only suitable for drinking in a diluted form and you can try it in the Brine Water Pump Room located on the top floor of the Spa House (entrance is via the panoramic elevator). Diluted brine can be used to supplement mineral salt deficiencies. Salt waters are also recommended for gastrointestinal disorders and as a supplement for people with diabetes. But be careful – drinking the brine as a treatment should only be done following consultation with a doctor, especially in cardiovascular and kidney cases.
The brine has unique healing properties used in hydrotherapy, cosmetology and natural medicine. It mineralizes the body through the skin. It influences effective hydration and elasticity, perfectly softens the epidermis and effectively improves the condition of the skin. Salt baths, by activating the mineral exchange and cleansing the skin, have a positive effect on both the changes taking place on the skin and the overall body through the nervous system and the penetration of certain components through the skin. Brine baths soothe, calm, and relax and can be used by both adults and children. Treatments in the brine pool are aimed at prevention, treatment, and maintenance of psychophysical health. Classes in brine pools are offered by the Pomeranian Rheumatology Centre, Sport for Health Foundation at the pool at the Sopot Sailing Club and at Hotel Sopotorium, while therapeutic brine treatments in baths are also available at the Sopot Health Resort and the MSWiA Sanatorium.
In the middle part of the Southern Park, next to the Southern Baths and in front of the entrance to the Balneology House can be found ‘Inhalation mushrooms’, to which brine flows directly from the St. Wojciech spring. You can take brine from them and use them to prepare your own moisturizing hand baths.
Brine cosmetics belong to the group of balneo cosmetics, i.e. cosmetics containing natural medicinal raw materials. Due to the content of minerals, the brine contained in the cosmetics has a positive effect on the condition of the skin, helps heal skin inflammations, cleanses the skin of toxins, and has other antibacterial properties. They are recommended for those suffering from psoriasis, eczema, acne and other skin disorders.
Use of the graduation towers
By using the graduation tower, we relieve the work of our kidneys and liver, and help to strengthen the immune system. Magnesium and copper contained in the brine-filled air improves metabolism, and selenium cleanses our body of free radicals.
The salts it contains also fight rheumatic pains, thus improving our overall health condition. Doctors also recommend treatment in graduation towers for people suffering from various allergies, including skin allergies. Saline inhalation treatments are offered by the Sopot Health Resort, the Pomeranian Rheumatology Centre, and the MSWiA Sanatorium. Graduation towers can be found in the Sopot Health Resort and the Sopotorium hotel, while in the Sopot Sailing Centre 34 you can use the public, graduation tower located in the open air for free.
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