There are two interpretations of the term ‘Scottish bath’. One refers to a scrub with sea salt, whilst the other derives from the techniques of a ‘Scottish bath’, which involves alternating between hot and cold baths.
Scrubs with sea salt
These scrubs consist of bathing in water and sea salt (normally Breton). This salt, which is made up of granules with sharp edges, delicately exfoliates
the skin, both thanks to it being manually rubbed on the skin and the salinity
level itself. At the same time though, the salt carries out a disinfecting action
on bacteria, reduces irritations and any inflammations present and has a regulating
effect on the pH of the skin.
This type of salt, which takes its name from its nutritional characteristics and which is the 'caviar of salts', boasts properties which make it ideal for this type of treatment. Sometimes this salt is aromatised in order to improve its general feeling, according to the principles of aromatherapy, and treatment with it is followed by a massage that increases and complements its revitalising effect.
Breton salt, also known as Celtic salt because of the ancient traditions of obtaining it which date back to over 2000 years ago, is naturally harvested in Brittany, on the North-West coast of France. It has particular nutritional properties, and it does not only contain sodium chloride, but it also contains a natural mix of salts (95% sodium) which make it a speciality in aromatherapy and gastronomy. In fact, in 1991, the French Minister of Agriculture and Forests mentioned that this product was a ‘top quality food’!
Hot and cold baths
Just like Scottish showers, this treatment involves immersing yourself in very hot water and then very cold water. In order to encourage stimulation of the cardiovascular system, it is best
that these baths only last a short amount of time and that the cycle ends in a
The effects include overall stimulation of the body and a feeling of relaxation. The cold baths are not recommended for people suffering from cardiac, vascular, intestinal, bladder or rheumatic disorders.
These baths can be done completely or partially, for example, by immersing the hands, arms or feet.