Kneipp is our cultural heritage

Promoting health

Regular, targeted applications of water have a positive effect on your body and your mind. Sebastian Kneipp was one of the first to recognise that hydrotherapeutic treatments improve wellbeing and he developed the Kneipp Cure that bears his name and which the German UNESCO Commission has now included in the German nationwide intangible cultural heritage inventory. The aim of Kneipp's naturopathic treatment was to maintain and restore human health. 

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. More about Kneipp and the efficacy of water in an interview with Jochen Reisberger, the head of physiotherapy at the Kneippianum in Bad Wörishofen.

Kneippism is traditional knowledge and practice according to Sebastian Kneipp's theory

In the cold season, rain and cold weather take a lot out of your immune system and much is demanded of your body's natural defences. So it is even more important to take preventive action early and boost your physical constitution. But it is not only in winter that attention focuses on personal wellbeing, the impact of the healthness megatrend is now felt all-year-round. A health-conscious lifestyle and improving physical and mental vitality have become important elements of a meaningful life. 

Healthness is a made-up word, based on the English concepts of "health" and "wellness". Even though everyday life leaves less and less time for relaxing breaks, with only the occasional opportunity for recuperation, you can improve your wellbeing with a few simple applications. Your own bathroom becomes your private haven for health and prevention: affusions, washing, baths and foot baths are all beneficial to the organism. Depending on the type of application, they can either be calming, relaxing or stimulating.


Kneipp: Health through water

Precise, coordinated thermal stimuli - ranging from warm, warm to cold alternating, to cold - are at the heart of hydrotherapy. Alternate affusions and baths always make the stimuli seem stronger and more intense, they promote blood supply and stimulate the circulation, metabolism and nervous system. But warm or cold applications are also possible, such as a cold Kneipp affusion in the morning and a warm foot bath in the evening. 

According to Kneipp, there are around 120 water applications, ranging from washing to affusions, compresses and herbal baths to a "high-pressure jet affusion". Many of these can easily be integrated into your daily routine, such as cold affusions: Facial affusion, arm affusion and thigh affusion. It is the same as it always was: Sanus Per Aquam (SPA) – health through water: Hydrotherapy is an important component of a health-conscious lifestyle that does not just stabilise personal wellbeing, it actively improves the quality of life of the individual.