Hay baths

Back to nature by a very special bath: the tradition of hay baths has its origins in Fiè allo Sciliar.

As far as hay baths are concerned, Fiè allo Sciliar has got much to offer - the tradition of hay baths in the village and surroundings goes back 110 years. Already in 2003 Fiè allo Sciliar was appointed to be a health resort, several initiatives in the village focus on wellbeing and healthy nutrition. The grass for a hay bath is only cut on non-fertilized meadows in the morning or in the evening, as this is the time when the aroma and the essential oils can be preserved best in the green and colourful culms. The period of drying the grass in order to transform it into hay proceeds in fact very fast. The hay also contains alpine herbs such as the mountain arnica, lady’s mantle, thyme, gentian or cinquefoil, excerting their beneficial effect in a hay bath.

By fermentation, caused by bacteriums, the hay is heated. This process makes the hay reach peak temperatures of 40 to 60 degrees C. Today hay bathing is possible the whole year round. Some hours before the treatment, the hay is moistened in order to cause the process of fermentation.

The person who is meant to enjoy the treatment lies in a tub and is wrapped in hay and a film. Afterwards he or she is laid on a warm water cushion. Temperature: 42 degrees C, bathing time: 20 mins. Afterwards the person relaxes (and sweats) in a resting room, wrapped in warm blankets. Nowadays several accomodations offer hay baths - not only for house guests - as well as wellness studios and beauty farms.

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