Seaweed baths a remedy for post-lockdown stress

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A unique take on the spa treatment in Connemara is making good use of the resources of the west coast of Ireland, with soothing seaweed baths.

The community-led Co-op Comhar Chuigéal Teo is opening new beautiful new, intimate bathing facility at the Seaweed Centre in Lettermullen this month.

Daily hand harvested seaweed from the local island of Crappach will form part of a menu of bath treatments which will detoxify and soothe, body, mind and soul and will be available weekly, Thursday to Monday, throughout July and August.

Fashion Blogger, Stylist, Make up Artist and School Teacher Caroline Seoighe was quick to rush home to her native Connemara to try out the stunning new health and wellbeing facility.

This new addition to the centre follows an investment in the project by BIM’s Fisheries Local Action Group of €86,328, and locally sourced finance of €107,000 from Comhar Creidmheasa Cholmcille.

The project also benefited from extensive investment of time by the local community led co-op of Comhar Chuigéál Teo and Údarás na Gaeltachta supports.

“The core ethos of  the offering is the natural surroundings of the Wild Atlantic Way coastline, rugged coastal landscape, fresh clean air, the cleanest ocean waters in Europe and an abundance of healthy seaweed”, says, Pádraic Mac Diarmada, Manager of the Seaweed Centre.

He’s the one who is overseeing the phased development of the facility, and leading a young, talented team who are involved in all aspects of showcasing the uniqueness of the facility.

“From daily harvesting of seaweed, welcoming guests, the journey and story of the scientific benefits of the locally sourced seaweed to the professional treatments is part of each person’s remit.”

Throughout July and August, the Centre will feature single and double bath treatment rooms, steam room and massage therapy room combined with talented, skilled and knowledgeable therapists.

The Centre also carries a full range of seaweed based body products from Connemara Seaweed Products, Rí na Mara and Voya Brands.