The Canary Islands are the ideal place to renew yourself inside and out in exceptional conditions. As well as having a broad range of wellness centres, the islands have four natural resources for therapeutic use that make them an authentic open-air spa: water, air, sun and sand.
The explosive nature of the islands and their lengthy experience in wellness tourism make them the perfect place to recharge, as you can combine relaxation with an unforgettable holiday.
The sun and vitamin D
Vitamin D helps us absorb calcium and prevents illness such as osteoporosis, hypertension and muscle pain. It has been proven that the body generates vitamin D after being exposed to sunlight, and that’s why the Canary Islands, where it rarely rains and there are lots of hours of sunshine, are the perfect place to be happy, cheerful and ‘vitamin-enriched’.
Salt water: hydration for skin
Sea water, and especially Atlantic sea water, contains 89 components that are present in our organism, as well as vitamins and microorganisms that release antimicrobial and hormonal substances that the skin can absorb and benefit from. Swimming in the sea improves skin problems such as acne, dermatitis and wounds, helps eliminate toxins and aids relaxation.
Strength of the wind for recharging
The sea breeze that reaches the Canary Islands is full of mineral salts and negative ions with relaxing and detoxifying effects, which makes it very good for the respiratory system and for nourishing and hydrating the skin.
Sand as an exfoliant
The sand on the beach is permeated with sea salt, which is why it’s used so much in wellness centre treatments. Sand, heated by the sun, is good for rheumatism, arthritis and neuralgia, as well as being an excellent natural exfoliant and the best surface to walk on, activate your circulation and exercise your legs.
Wellness centres in the Canary Islands
Throughout the archipelago, there are many wellness centres with the latest innovations in treatments and a professional personal service that makes them reference points in relation to health and rest. Many of them take advantage of the islands’ natural resources in their therapies, together with other alternative techniques, to offer maximum wellbeing through their treatments.
Four revitalising treatments using natural components from the Canary Islands
The volcanic earth of the Canary Islands, rich in geothermal waters, minerals and trace elements, are the basis of one of the best-known types of therapy. Applied directly to the body in the form of clay, they help to improve the skin’s appearance and also improve arthritis, inflammations and varicose veins.
This therapy uses the different components of the sea, together or separately, as a base: water, seaweed, mud and other marine substances. The centres that offer it gather water near the shore, sterilise it, and heat it to use it in baths, showers and jets that help reduce stress, favour vascular recovery and reduce body fat, among other benefits.
The aloe vera that grows naturally and abundantly in the Canary Islands, thanks to the climate, is of exceptional quality. Very good for the skin, this therapy alternates body cleansing with milk and tonic, with a peeling, wraps and a relaxing massage with all of the properties of aloe, which is the cherry that tops this ritual.
Vinotherapy is a treatment method that takes advantage of the antioxidant properties of grapes and wine to deep cleanse the skin, purify it and nourish it. The aesthetic benefits of it are visible on the face and body. Whether in the form of thermal baths, wraps or peelings, grape juice is applied to the skin to make the most of its many properties, with a clear anti-ageing effect.