This week plays host to the 13th annual Boryeong Mud Festival in Korea. A week-long Festival celebrating all things muddy -- with slides, rides, wrestling and wallowing -- and all in the name of mud. As mud is a major export for the area, Boryeong residents decided to get creative when it came to publicising the qualities of their mud (which contains high levels of geranium and a whole host of other minerals and is used in a number of spa treatments and products around the world).
Everyone here at the Good Spa Guide is officially mud-mad, so this week's celebrations got us to thinking about the glories of mud….
Sedate Spy took this opportunity to whip off her make-up and slather her face in her current fave, Balaton Spa's Mud Mask, which is rich, glorious, and leaves your skin feeling rejuvenated and silky soft!
Meanwhile, Stylish Spy has been testing out Seasource's Face and Body Mud Mask, which is tingly, refreshing, and leaves you scrubbed and refreshed.
Concerns are sometimes raised by spa-goers who feel understandably apprehensive before their first mud treatment: Is it clean? Is it sanitary? Is it just soil from the back garden?
Fear not! "Mud" is spa terminology that is used to described a highly mineralised mixture, often comprised of seaweed, volcanic ash, clay and other mineral-rich substances and combined with spring water to form a thick, dark-coloured paste. None of these products have been within a million miles of a grow-bag or garden spade, rest assured!
We didn't go so far as turning Single Spy's office into a Rasul, but we've certainly got a taste for all things thick, gooey and brown... Now, where's the chocolate?
13th March 2014
Luxurious scented candles; hot massage oil; being warm; unusual treatments; fluffy towels; natural light; firm pressure.
Mould; slamming doors; being walked in on while treatment in progress; therapists with cigarette-laced breath.
Behind the scenes