The virtues of the thermal water of Balaruc-les-Bains


Thermal water, known as "miracle water", was used in ancient times to treat all sorts of ailments. Today, its benefits are widely recognised in the fields of rheumatology and phlebology. But how about knowing a little more about its history?

A very old spring water

In Balaruc-les-Bains, France's first thermal spa, the city's history has been shaped by the thermal industry since Antiquity. Its precious thermal water originated 100,000 years ago in the Causses d'Aumelas and the Gardiole massif and comes from deep natural springs. 

By passing through different rock layers, it has been enriched year after year with trace elements and essential mineral salts (calcium, magnesium, potassium, manganese, etc.), thus making its composition unique. 

Captured between 120 and 404 m deep at a natural temperature of between 37°c and 49°C, it is one of the hottest and most mineralised thermal waters in the Languedoc. The water is then transported directly to the spa, where its bacteriological quality is rigorously controlled (30,000 analyses per year), for the well-being and safety of visitors.

The water that heals you

Rich in bicarbonates and trace elements, the thermal water of Balaruc-les-Bains has many curative virtues, which are used in rheumatology and phlebology, but also in the preparation and recovery of high level sportsmen and women. This mixture of hot and salty water from the marine environment not only facilitates joint mobilisation during treatments, but also has regenerating, analgesic, anti-inflammatory and skin barrier protection properties.

Thermal water-based treatments in the form of baths and showers promote muscle tone, stimulation and drainage. A must to relieve your tensions and get back home on the right foot!

The benefits of thermal water, how does it work? 

Thanks to the transcutaneous contact, the minerals present in the water of Balaruc-les-Bains are transferred to the muscles and cartilages of your body. 
  • A thermal effect:
Treatments such as the 42°C mud bed encourage the sweat reflex and the dilation of the skin pores to reinforce the chemical effect of the treatment. 
  • A chemical effect: 
The thermal waters of Balaruc-les-Bains associated with the clay support act in particular as a catalyst in the mud application treatment, unique in France, and reveal important ionic exchanges with the skin. The peloid transmits cations to the skin, which stores them and diffuses them internally; 
  • Did you know? The thermal water of Balaruc-les-Bains is isotonic. 
The thermal water of Balaruc-les-Bains is known for its regenerating and protective properties. Rich in minerals, a recent study highlights its "isotonic" quality, i.e. its perfect osmosis with the skin cells. In the presence of isotonic water, the skin cells are in perfect balance and their integrity is respected. In this comfortable environment, hydration and beneficial interactions are favoured.