The water effect is based firstly on the body’s reaction at different levels to changing temperature stimuli (hot/cold). The water does not just act locally, it can also affect internal organs or other parts of the body that are not being directly treated. “A foot bath, for example, can help with bladder infections, or an arm bath where the temperature gradually increases can boost blood flow in the legs”, explains Jochen Reisberger, the Spa Manager of the Kneippianum in Bad Wörishofen, who has many years of experience in Kneipp hydrotherapy. Less is often more here, according to Reisberger. “The intensity of the stimulus is crucial to achieving the required reaction. The basic assumption is that gentle stimulation leading to an acceptable reaction is the best approach.”
Along with temperature, water pressure is also an ideal way to benefit health. The effective relief of tension is just one of the results achieved by the specific massage of pressure points, tense muscles or tendons (aquapressure). Water massage is easily integrated into your daily shower ritual at home, to help with your well-being and balance.
Dornbracht interview with Jochen Reisberger
The content and application of Kneippism is based on five pillars: the health-enhancing power of water, proper nutrition, medicinal plants, exercise and a balanced lifestyle. The aim of the holistic Kneipp therapy is to achieve harmony between body, mind and soul.
Naturally healthy with Kneipp applications
It is not difficult to be able to benefit from the health-enhancing effects of Kneipp applications in your own bathroom either. It is easy to enjoy Kneipp affusions in the shower or at the washstand, for instance, with a Kneipp affusion pipe. Regularly applied, they can help to bring more balance to everyday life: recharging the batteries, reducing stress and reviving.
Various applications lend themselves to Kneippism at home, as they are easily carried out and can be integrated into your daily routine – for example, a revitalizing arm affusion in the morning, a relaxing thigh affusion after a demanding day, or a skin-firming facial affusion for a boost of freshness in between times.