Sólás na Mara was established by Caroline Gordon and Cian Ó Conchúir in 2012 and is based on the pier-side in Helvick, An Rinn, in the Gaeltacht area of Co. Waterford. The initiative was part-financed by LEADER (2007-2013) following assistance and direction from Waterford LEADER Partnership
Drawing on the success of seaweed baths located around the Irish coastline, Caroline and Cian saw the potential for Sólás na Mara in the coastal area of An Rinn and understanding the scientific and medical benefits of seaweed bath treatments, saw an opportunity to marry this traditional and indigenous treatment with their own unique scientific knowledge, expertise and craft.
Sólás na Mara provides a seaweed bathhouse accompanied by ancillary services including massage, physical therapy, acupuncture and aromatherapy. It also incorporates a rehabilitation gym and a refreshment cafe. It currently employs two full time and six part time staff. It has succeeded in establishing a niche service in a rural community, availing of seawater and seaweed as a readily available natural resource.
Additional information on the project can be found at: http://bit.ly/2aLV0dX
Further information on Sólás na Mara can be found at www.solasnamara.ie