There is an age old tradition dating back to the 19th Century called 'HAY BATHS', this procedure has gained some popularity in recent years and is based on traditional treatments done over the last 100 or so years.

The treatments are still being practiced today despite a few teething problems with the government regulatory boards, and a rather disappointed travel writer Aiden Bridge(2008) who was not overly impressed or convinced of the efficacy of this unique and rather historical body wrap.
Now I'm not sure about how you would feel being wrapped in fermented hay , I personally have never had a good experience even sitting on a bale of hay. It has been itching, scratching and ...not fun.

However here is a little more on the treatment ... you decide for yourself...
The HAY BATH first documented in 1871 after it was discovered that local farm workers working in the Alpine pastures were rejuvenated and far more full of energy after sleeping on a freshly cut bed of hay. Hence the birth of the first 'hay bath station' ...

Where can I find the HAY BATH ?
This treatment is offered at the Hotel Heubad  in South Tyrol.

What does a HAY BATH entail?
You spend 15 - 20 mins wrapped in warm , damp hay which induces sweating and detoxifying of the body. This is followed by a 30minute chill time on a lounger, it is highly recommended to follow a hay bath with a body massage to encourage absorption of all the essential ingredients that remain on the skin.

In years gone by this would be at a temperature of up to 60'c however these days it is done at a temperature of approximately 40.5'c

What are the benefits of a HAY BATH?
- Detoxifying
- Purifying
- Overall wellbeing
- Stimulates the metabolism

Well firstly let clarify that that this is not just any hay , but rather a selected and special quality hay which is harvested as follows ...
'We get the hay from unfertilized meadows above 2,000 m of altitude at Seiser Alm/Alpe di Siusi. The meadows have to feature more than 40 different types of grass and flowers over an area of 50 m². Only one cut during the blossoming period (from the middle of July to the start of August), and the careful drying process and storage guarantee for the high quality of our hay and the hay baths' - Hotel Heubad

This hay is unique and has hidden secrets due to the location, here is what Hotel Heubad had to say about it ...
'The higher the alpine pastures, the more varied the flora of the meadows is. The hay of the Dolomite's is known for being extra "fatty", which has to do with the special soil. Dolomite is mainly made up of petrified coral reefs. These reefs come from the sunken Tethys Sea, an ancient ocean dating from the geological Middle Ages (about 250 million years ago).
Dolomite hay, like hay from the high Schlern/Sciliar meadows and Seiser Alm/Alpe di Siusi, is characterised by leaf plants like lady's mantle, noble herbs, Arnica, Valerian, Couch grass, Ryegrass and Fescue. Plants contain essential oils, coumarin-glycosides and tannins. This helps improve blood circulation and has an effect on inner organs via the reflex zones on the body's surface.'

Whether or not this treatment is actually effective in it's proclaimed benefits cannot be physically proven (more), it is however said that Hotel Heubad's founder families (Kompatschers) still partake regularly of these treatments and believe unwaveringly in the effects.

It seems that ultimately it is a personal choice and preference as to whether or not you might enjoy this Spa treatment, I know I am always game to try anything at least once.

If you are ever in the area , why not try a Spa treatment that is unique and steeped in history.
For more info on Hotel Heubad - Click Here

Love and sweaty kisses
x x x H

** The info and images from above was sourced from Hotel Heubad. This is not a sponsored post.