Fancy being covered in mud for an hour? No, you probably don’t – unless there’s a football and a hefty wager involved. But mud (‘good’ mud, that is) has been used for millennia to cure all kinds of ailments, and promote wellness in men and women.
In the Middle East, mud treatments are referred to as a ‘rhassoul’. Depending on where you go, your rhassoul could consist of a mud wrap, a mud scrub (with a coarse glove called a ‘kessa’) or a mud bath.
The rhassoul originated in Morocco, when clay from the Atlas Mountains was found to be rich in minerals such as iron, potassium, magnesium sodium and lithium. When applied to the skin, these minerals help to draw out toxins, remove dead skin cells and even improve skin conditions such as acne.
Proper rhassoul treatments will still use the original Moroccan clay, although there are other types of mineral enriched muds on the market.
Generally speaking, the longer you leave the mud on your skin, the better the effects of your rhassoul treatment will be. Of course, the longer you leave it on, the more ridiculous you will look too, but it’s a small price to pay for the kind of deep clean you can only get in a mud bath.
Fancy trying it out for yourself ? Moroccan-inspired spa, The Spa in Dolphin Square, should be your first port of call. It uses lava clay from the Atlas Mountains to make you feel like a King.