The German spa town that harnesses the healing power of peat baths

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The woman is sceptical: Sitting in a bath that’s been heated to 42 degrees Celsius for 20 minutes can’t be healthy and definitely won’t be pleasant. But that’s exactly what happens when mud is added. With the push of a button, an employee at the Wendelstein Klinik in the German spa town of Bad Aibling fills the tub with black, opaque mud. The woman climbs into the unfamiliar substance and quickly relaxes; the bath doesn’t feel that hot, and it’s relaxing to rub the crushed remains of grass, leaves and moss between the fingers. This unique bathing experience occurs about 30,000 times a year in …

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