Hydrotherapy according to Kneipp
Sebastian Kneipp (1821-1897), known as “Waterdoctor from Worishofen” (Germany), was the creator of a holistic and natural way of life and healing. He used water as a natural stimulus on the body.
The working philosophy of Hydrotherapy according to Kneipp, lay on the basis that health, and therefore healing, is proportional to quantity and quality of blood flow through the organs and tissues of the body. Water has a remarkable ability to improve blood flow, and this can be manipulated by varying its temperature and specific treatments.
The therapeutic qualities of water have a positive effect on circulation, increasing energy, balancing immune functions, relieving symptoms, detoxifying, and improving body-awareness, aiding relaxation and well-being. Hydrotherapy uses hot and cold water in a variety of applications such as compresses, hot rolls, body wraps, salt scrubs, inhalations, and constitutional hydrotherapy .
Kneipp’s water treatments are adjusted to suit the individual unique requirements. Aromatherapy and medicated herbal water, may be used in conjunction with hydrotherapy to intensify its therapeutic effects on the body.
Constitutional Hydrotherapy, developed by Dr. O.G. Carroll is an effective treatment that has a non-specific balancing effect. It has been used with wonderful success to treat a variety of conditions over 60 years.
A series of hot and cold compresses are applied over the chest, abdomen and back. The treatment aims to normalize the quantity of blood circulating through a given area, and by enhancing blood flow through the organs of elimination, such as the skin, liver, kidneys, and bowels detoxification is stimulated and therefore quality of blood will improve.
Constitutional Hydrotherapy aids digestive functions, regulates immune function, improves overall nutrition, circulation, detoxification, and balances the nervous system. The treatment aims to leave you feeling refreshed and invigorated.
It can be useful in almost any condition:
- Digestive complains such as IBS, Crohn’s disease, dyspepsia
- Respiratory problems such as chronic asthma, bronchitis
- Infections such as colds, influenza
- Female reproductive problems such as PMS, infertility, menopause symptoms
- Circulatory Problems such as hypertension, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, Raynaud’s disease.
- Musculoskeletal problems such as sprains, strains, chronic pain
- Other ailments such as arthritis, rheumatism, depression, anxiety, psoriasis, eczema
Manual lymphatic drainage techniques are applied in conjunction with the treatment, to eliminate passive congestion and to encourage stimulation of the lymphatic system.