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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Beach Therapy or Thalassotherapy at Mooloolaba Beach in Australia and the Say G'Day Linky Party

Welcome dear friends to this week's Say G'day Saturday Linky party! I'm so thrilled that you have visited today!

This week I have had the beach on my mind...I have just returned from the most relaxing holiday at my favourite seaside destination, Mooloolaba! This place is truly our second home!

Say G'Day Linky Party, Beach Therapy, Natasha in Oz, Mooloolaba, beach image



We had the most wonderful time while we were there and I feel so relaxed and ready to face another school term next week!

I found time to share a few pictures on instagram too. Here's a few of my favourites!

Mooloolaba Beach in Australia via @natashainozblog


Mooloolaba Beach in Australia via @natashainozblog


I was mesmerised by the stunning full moon so a took quite a few pictures of the moon!

Full moon at Mooloolaba Beach in Australia via @natashainozblog

I even had a haircut and colour while I was there!

 New haircut via @natashainozblog

We all had such a great holiday-I love going to the beach!

I am sure that when many people think about the beach, they think about relaxing holidays, the sound of waves crashing on the shore and swimming in the surf. These are some of the very same things that I love about the beach and are only just a few of the reasons why I try to visit the seaside as often as I can. It never ceases to amaze me how fabulous I feel after a week away at the beach. I always seem to be a calmer, happier and better person when I am by the sea!

 Beach Therapy, Natasha in Oz, Mooloolaba, beach image

“I have always loved the beach. The smell of the salty water, the wind in my face, the gentle roar of the waves all combine to create a sense of peace and calm.” Anonymous

As soon as we arrive at the beach our family has a routine that we always seem to follow. We quickly unpack our bags, open all of the windows to let the salty air into rooms and we head straight down to the water. As soon as our toes hit the sand, the four of us seem to be instantly transported to another time and place.It is as though I can hear a great big collective “sigh” when we arrive because we are all so happy to be by the sea! 

Say G'Day Linky Party, Beach Therapy, Natasha in Oz, Mooloolaba, beach image

We then swim in the salty water, walk along the shore, go beachcombing and enjoy being in the fresh air! 

Say G'Day Linky Party, Beach Therapy, Natasha in Oz, Mooloolaba, beach image

At the end of a long day at the beach we head home and we feel relaxed yet completely energized. 

Say G'Day Linky Party, Beach Therapy, Natasha in Oz, Mooloolaba, beach image, shells

“The Sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” Jacques Cousteau. 

I know that I am not the only one who loves the beach! I am sure that many of us love the ocean because of its therapeutic effects. Many academics, specialists and therapists would say that being by the sea is healthy for the mind, body and heart and they would be right! Scientists have actually studied the positive effect of sea water for years and there is a term for the use of sea water as therapy; Thalassotherapy. (Natural Standard, 2010

Say G'Day Linky Party, Beach Therapy, Natasha in Oz, Mooloolaba, beach image


Thalassotherapy (from the Greek word thalassa, meaning "sea") is the medical use of seawater as a form of therapy. The properties of seawater are believed to have beneficial effects upon the pores of the skin.

Say G'Day Linky Party, Beach Therapy, Natasha in Oz, Mooloolaba, beach image


Thalassotherapy was developed in seaside towns in Brittany, France during the 19th century. (Wikipedia) It has been said that the father of modern medicine, Hippocrates, would send his patients to the ocean to soak in the salty sea water to help absorb the healing trace elements through the skin. At the same time his patients would be breathing in iodine as it’s carried along in the air molecules into their lungs. 

sea shell,  Beach Therapy, Natasha in Oz, Mooloolaba,


Thalassotherapists have since studied the minerals, trace elements and micro-organisms found in sea water and they found magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium, and iodine. Magnesium is healing because when it has been absorbed it helps to calm the body’s nerves. It also has antiseptic qualities! (Mulholland, 2010) Calcium, magnesium & phosphorus are important minerals to help building and maintain strong bones and teeth. Potassium regulates moisture in the skin and the chemical makeup of sea water is similar to human blood which means that osmosis can easily occur and therefore the body’s cells and the sea water exchange minerals. This results in the release of toxins from the body and the easy absorption of magnesium, postassium and calcium into the pores of the skin. The benefits of this trans-dermal osmosis are plenty, including increased blood circulation and pore rejuvenation. (Natural Home Remedies

Beach Therapy, Natasha in Oz, Mooloolaba, beach image, sunset image


“Our memories of the ocean will linger on, long after our footprints in the sand are gone.” Anonymous

Now, don’t think that you can only gain the benefits of sea water by swimming in the ocean. Iodine, which helps to regulate the thyroid gland for a healthy metabolism, is absorbed into the skin via the gas molecules in the ocean mist!

 Beach Therapy, Natasha in Oz, Mooloolaba, beach image

No wonder I always feel so refreshed and rejuvenated after going to the beach!


Just remember, next time you think you need to buy some multi-vitamins or an expensive moisturizer, why not take a walk along the beach or a dip in the ocean instead? Thalassotherapy is healthy, therapeutic and best of all it’s free!

So, what helps you feel fresh and rejuvenated? 
Do you like long beach walks and happy times in the sun? 

Maybe you enjoy spending time with your family hiking in the mountains? 

Maybe you find comfort in your craft room or kitchen? I would love to hear about the ways that you relax and unwind!

If you have blogged about your favourite holidays or places where you feel calm please feel free to link up your post to this week's Say G'Day Party!

The Say G'day Saturday Party is a weekly link up where you can share any posts that you are proud of! 
You can share your favourite post of the week, 
a post about your favourite Instagram pictures, 
Pinterest round up posts, 
recipes, tutorials, craft or decorating ideas!

If would like to join in with my Say G'day Saturday party, just link up the url of the post you would like us to visit to the linky tool below.
Please also link back to me by adding a text link or adding one of these bespoke buttons to your posts!


Natasha In Oz




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Thanks for joining in! Don't forget to come back later so you can meet some new bloggers from around the world!

Thank you so much for visiting me today in my little corner of the world Down Under! Please be sure to come back on Tuesday to hear my favourite song for the week at this week's #TuesdayTune
Party!

Best wishes until next time!
Natasha In Oz 

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61 comments:

  1. That looks marvelous! No wonder I love the beach so much. I didn't realize all of the health benefits it provides. Glad you had a nice time! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  2. I can't wait to hit the beach! I knew there had to be a technical name for the way the beach makes me feel!

    Here's my FFA contribution:

    http://collettaskitchensink.blogspot.com/2012/04/full-plate-thursday-fudgy-chocolate.html

    Colletta

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  3. Looks like a beautiful place to spend a week. So happy you and your family had a delightful vacation. I love to walk along a beach gathering sea shells.
    Thanks for hosting. ~ Sarah

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  4. Nothing like the beach for a vacation :)Yes you do know me well my dear Aussie friend...Fancy getting a hair cut and colour looks smashing...

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  5. Wonderful pictures!
    I do the boat, but not the water. At least not past my knees if standing.
    Glad you had a wonderful vacation! :o)

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  6. Dear Natasha,
    I am sure this is the reason why most people prefer holidays on beaches. I love the beach everywhere. Thank you for the interesting post. Your new heircut looks very fash. I linked up today and share my Titanic Tea.
    Best greetings, Johanna

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  7. I love the beach for all of the same reasons. Looks like a wonderful time. The haircut looks great too!!!

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  8. What a great post, and your hair looks adorable! I love the beach. We are planning a trip to Seaside, FL soon. it is always a very relaxing getaway for us. We spend more time at the lake which is also a restful place to visit.

    xo,
    RJ

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  9. Great photos Natasha and I love your hair.

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  10. Awesome pictures especially the sunset and love your new "do".

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  11. I totally understand as I find living by water very therapeutic!

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  12. Love the beach --- the water is so BLUE! Thanks for hosting...

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  13. Great photos, looks like you had a ball! Thanks for hosting this weeks party, have a great weekend :)

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  14. Hi, Natasha...sooo good to see that you came by my place.
    I had no idea you now have a Sat. linky party. I would have linked this Sat.
    I will try for the next one. :))

    What a lovely spot to vacation in. Just beautiful.

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  15. I agree with you about the benefits of being by the sea. I am a teacher and I walk on the beach every morning before school. No matter the condition of the sea, I feel ready to face the world after getting my "ocean fix".

    Your beach photos are beautiful.

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  16. Love all the pictures. That beach looks so beautiful. I love near the great lakes so we have lots of water but nun of the beaches look that beautiful. Thanks for the party.
    Rose. If you would like stop by and share this at my Sunday Round UP party. It starts to night. http://www.arosiesweethome.com/
    Rose

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  17. We never go on vacation, or haven't in the last 20 years.
    But I live a block from the Bay, so I can walk there anytime.
    I could never live anywhere but near the beach.
    My little gkids were here yesterday to visit, and even though it was only 60 degrees, they insisted on going in the water! It was COLD! Even the 4 year old took the plunge!
    Thanks for hosting !

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  18. I want to visit Mooloolaba. Just saying it sounds fun. All of your beach photos are beautiful. I would happily walk along the beach whenever possible if I lived near the ocean.

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  19. Your beach pics lok absolutely lovely!
    Thanks for hosting :)

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  20. Beautiful images. Love the beach! Wonderful to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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  21. Thanks for inviting me to your party......I'll add you to my Linky Party list page.....have a Good day:)

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  22. Thanks for your comment on my blog. I linked up to your post and I'm your newest follower! I look forward to upcoming posts!

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  23. Looks like paradise! Thank you for sharing on 'Weekly Top Shot!'

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  24. Your paradise pictures are divine. I love the feet in the sand pic. Glad you had a great time with your family.

    Shasta

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  25. That looks like a fabulous vacation! !Thank you for inviting me to your party. I linked up!

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  26. Oh if only I could skip my vitamins this morning and trade them in for a stroll on the beach! Beautiful photos! Visiting from Seasonal Sundays :)

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  27. Hi Natasha! You are adorable and I love your blog. Thanks for encouraging me to join the party. I'm so glad I did! Have a wonderful day.
    xoxo,
    Kim

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  28. Beautiful photos! I love the sound of the waves and love to sit on the rocks and just look at the water.

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  29. Gorgeous photos!!! I love the restorative effects of a beach holiday as well. Thanks for stopping over. Your photos are lovely!

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  30. Thanks so much for inviting me over! I love your post on beach therapy. Today will be day 4 this week going to the beach and we all love it! I just had no idea of the health benefits other than hearing the waves is just so relaxing! I am adding your button to my party page and looking forward to stopping in again!

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  31. G'day Natasha! Thanks for inviting me to join your party. Your photos are so beautiful, and yes, very calming. I find comfort working in my kitchen - hope you enjoy my links.

    :)
    ButterYum

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  32. Beautiful beach and shell photos! Thank you for the invitation to the party!

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  33. Hi Natasha, I grew up in a beach town. There is something very therapeutic about the ocean. Thanks for visiting and inviting me to link up. I'm linking and following. Have a great day.

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  34. Thanks for the comment on my Cakes & Cupcakes post! And thanks for inviting me to your party! Your pictures are great! :)

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  35. Thanks for the kind words you left over at First Come Flowers and inviting me to join your link party.

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  36. Your trip looks like so much fun! I love the beach and your pictures are gorgeous!

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  37. Hi,
    I'm back. I know it is fall down under but i am blogging spring here. Loved this post on the beach one of my favorite places!
    Sherry

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  38. gorgeous photos natasha! especially love the one with the pandanas :) is that how you spell it?
    have a great week!
    x

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  39. Thank you for sharing the gorgeous pictures! It looks like you had a wonderful time, and got a lot of health benefits out of your trip! All of the info you provided now helps me to understand why my sea salt and water mixture seems to help heal all kinds of skin probs :)

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  40. Thanks for the invite Natasha! What a lovely blog you have! New follower here :) Cheers!

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  41. Your holiday looks lovely! I'm craving a beach holiday now! Thanks for sharing ...

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  42. Thank you so much for leaving such a sweet comment and inviting me over! :)
    Aww, and now I want to go to the beach! Too bad there aren't any pretty ones here in Germany..
    xoxo,
    Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}

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  43. Thank you so much for hosting and the invite to your party. I am now a new follower!

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  44. Beautiful pics. Makes me want to go on vacation. I live 15 minutes from the beach and I've never been to it. lol. (just moved here four weeks ago)

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  45. What a lovely holiday! The pictures are just so amazing and make me want to hop on a plane this instant!

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  46. Your holiday sounds lovely! I, too, love the beach and could totally relate to how you feel about it. :)

    Great pics. Makes me want to go to the beach this weekend (unfortunately rain has been forecast!).

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  47. Incredible adventure. I would have a hard time leaving. Wow!

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  48. I love partying with you... all linked up! Thanks for hosting...

    ciao!

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  49. This is a great linky party! Thanks for hosting!!

    I'm so glad you linked up at Romance on a Dime.

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  50. Another fun post!! Thanks for sharing. We're so glad that you linked up to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We hope you'll be back soon. -The Sisters

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  51. Beautiful pictures! Makes me miss the beach...a lot! :)

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  52. What a wonderful post, thanks so much for sharing. I'm a new follower and found your blog via House at Bluebird Lane. I love going to the beach. Last September while visiting Oregon my friends took me to the beach for the day. I hadn't been to any beaches for a couple of years and the day was wonderful. We stayed to watch the sun set and then went to a nearby restaurant for dinner and watched as the moon reflected on the ocean. Ahhhh, can't wait to go back this year. : ) Hope you get a chance to stop by for a visit.

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  53. Almost forgot, thanks for hosting and I'm linking up to your party. : )

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  54. Your photos are so beautiful and inspirational. Thanks for hosting this wonderful party. I am all linked up. I am loving this fabulous post. Would you mind sharing this inspirational post and your linky party at our WIW linky party. Hope to see you there!

    Paula
    ivyandelephants.blogspot.com

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  55. I am in complete agreement, I am much happier on the beach by the ocean. Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos! The sunset ones are my favorites.

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  56. Thanks for sharing on Serenity Saturday

    LOVE the shots of the moon!! the beach looks gorgeous, wish I was there right now, it's been doing nothing but rain here this week

    xxxx

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  57. What a beautiful post. Your photos are so feel-good! :)

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  58. Beautiful photos of the beach. Great Post.
    Pat

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  59. I LOVE moolooloobah (or however ya spell it!)
    Sunshine Coast is awesome.
    Me and hubs are heading to Coffs Harbour for four days next week... nowhere near, but still BY THE BEACH.
    Gee your linky is popular already Natasha... good on ya, sheila!
    xx

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