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Aquapressure: Dornbracht introduces a new health-enhancing water application

The essentials at a glance: The new product: Aquapressure / WaterFan and WaterCurve massage jets
The special feature: A convenient and time-saving way to use water massages in the comfort of the home / stimulating pressure points and meridians by means of water pressure
Product concept and design: Sieger Design
Consulting: Christoph Stumpe
Creative direction: Mike Meiré
Available for delivery: from November 2017

Iserlohn, October 2017
The innovative form of water application that Dornbracht is bringing to the bathroom is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It uses the new WaterFan and WaterCurve massage jets to massage tense muscles and specifically stimulate acupuncture points and meridians. This application, which Dornbracht calls aquapressure, is inspired by the tried and tested method of acupressure in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It is a simple and time-saving way to integrate water massage into the daily routine. As part of a health-conscious lifestyle, it can make an important contribution to health and well-being.

Whether Ayurveda, Kneipp therapy or Traditional Chinese Medicine, the element of water always plays an important role in holistic health philosophies. Dornbracht’s awareness of the variety of ways in which water can have a positive impact has always been the starting point for developing innovative water applications.

Electronic system solutions such as Vertical Shower, Comfort Shower, Horizontal Shower, Sensory Sky or FootBath are therefore based on the important insights of Kneipp teachings or hydrotherapy. Dornbracht’s LifeSpa portfolio also includes extra products such as the Kneipp hose (WaterTube) and affusion pipe, which allow therapeutic affusions to be carried out in comfort in the shower or even at the washstand.

With the introduction of aquapressure, Dornbracht takes another step forward in the realm of water treatments. Whereas hydrotherapy according to Kneipp is based primarily on the stimulating effect of temperature changes (hot/cold), aquapressure also makes use of water pressure to improve health and well-being.

What is aquapressure?
Aquapressure takes up the principles of acupressure, a tried and tested method used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Whereas in acupressure the stimulus is manual, from fingertips, the ball of the thumb or the elbows, for instance, in aquapressure, this is achieved by the medium of water – with the advantage that with WaterFan and WaterCurve, the application can be carried out independently and effortlessly at home, at any time.

“Intensity of pressure, location, duration and temperature are the basic parameters of TCM that we can
use to influence our life-force energy. The special thing about aquapressure is that all these parameters can be represented simultaneously”, explains Christoph Stumpe, accredited sports scientist and head of the famous Shen Men Institute in Düsseldorf. “The water pressure on the relevant pressure points and meridians, leads to increase in blood circulation in the skin and muscles, especially in combination with warmth. Aquapressure is therefore ideal for easing tenseness – simply while we shower.” Christoph Stumpe has been teaching tai chi, qi gong, meditation and Chinese massage for more than 20 years. As an expert in Traditional Chinese Medicine, he provided the important inspiration for
the development of the new WaterFan and WaterCurve massage jets.

WaterFan and WaterCurve massage jets
Dornbracht has developed the WaterFan and WaterCurve massage jets to enable aquapressure to be used effectively and conveniently in the comfort of the home bathroom. Whereas WaterCurve covers the neck and shoulders, WaterFan provides a massage at thoracic vertebrae height (WaterFan vertical) and in the lumbar vertebrae region (WaterFan horizontal). Their height is adjustable, so the massage jets can be flexibly adapted to the specific height of an individual.

WaterFan and WaterCurve feature a special flow mode: the water fans out into many small particles.
It exerts a deeply massaging effect and is simultaneously soft and gentle on the skin. The pressure of the water can be varied, in keeping with the desired effect. Firm pressure is calming and diverting, moderate pressure is strengthening and activating. Alternating the intensity of the pressure, however, has a balancing effect.

Water massage at the touch of a button
WaterFan and WaterCurve can be used both as analogue and digital solutions. When combined with the Dornbracht Vertical Shower system solution with digital control, there are three pre-set water programs to choose from, which were developed by Dornbracht together with Christoph Stumpe. The scenarios last for five to six minutes and in each one, the pressure and temperature of the water are perfectly coordinated:

Energizing dispenses new life-force energy. It is a powerful water massage that perceptibly revitalises, strengthens and regenerates body and mind. The application helps to ease tenseness and loosen cramped muscles with a combination of warmth and a consistently high pressure intensity. The focus here is on the lumbar and thoracic spine, deeply massaged by means of the WaterFan.

De-Stressing relaxes, calms and helps the mind to let go after a challenging day. As the temperature and pressure of the water gently subside, stress and tension gradually fade away. Both the pressure intensity and the temperature are high at the start of the application, and they quickly increase to the maximum. In this phase, tenseness and knots of tension in the upper back area and neck region are effectively eased. Then the temperature and pressure are reduced to a moderate intensity – the senses are gently calmed, we feel relaxed and clear-headed.

Balancing restores our inner balance. The interplay of powerful and gentle massage flows and varying temperatures harmonises the senses and has a balancing effect on body and psyche. They are brought into a therapeutic balance by a treatment combining activating and calming stimuli. The entire spine is stimulated by using both the massage jets – WaterFan on the lower and upper back and WaterCurve on the neck and shoulders.

More information about aquapressure can be found at:
lifespa.dornbracht.com/en-gb/health/watereffect/aquapressure/


Dornbracht, Aquapressure, WaterFan, WaterCurve, Vertical Shower, Water pressure massage, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Christoph Stumpe, health-enhancing application
01_Dornbracht_Aquapressure With aquapressure, Dornbracht is bringing a new form of water application to the bathroom. Taking up the principles of acupressure – one of the mainstays of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) – it makes use of water pressure to improve health and well-being.
Photo: Markus Jans
Copyrights: Dornbracht
Dornbracht, Aquapressure, WaterFan, WaterCurve, Vertical Shower, Water pressure massage, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Christoph Stumpe, health-enhancing application
02_Dornbracht_Aquapressure Whereas in acupressure the stimulus is manual, from fingertips, the ball of the thumb or the elbows,
for instance, in aquapressure, this is achieved by the medium of water. Dornbracht has developed the WaterFan and WaterCurve massage jets for use here. They provide a simple and time-saving way to integrate water massage into the daily routine.
Photo: Markus Jans
Copyrights: Dornbracht
Dornbracht, Aquapressure, WaterFan, WaterCurve, Vertical Shower, Water pressure massage, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Christoph Stumpe, health-enhancing application
03_Dornbracht_Aquapressure Whereas WaterCurve covers the neck and shoulders, WaterFan provides a massage at thoracic vertebrae height (WaterFan vertical) and in the lumbar vertebrae region (WaterFan horizontal).
Photos: Markus Jans
Copyrights: Dornbracht
Dornbracht, Aquapressure, WaterFan, WaterCurve, Vertical Shower, Water pressure massage, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Christoph Stumpe, health-enhancing application
04_Dornbracht_Aquapressure WaterFan and WaterCurve feature a special flow mode: The water fans out into many small particles.
It exerts a deeply massaging effect and is simultaneously soft and gentle on the skin.
Photo: Elastique.
Copyrights: Dornbracht
Dornbracht, Aquapressure, WaterFan, WaterCurve, massage, health-enhancing water application, private spa, merdidians, acupressure, Traditional Chinese Medicine,
05_Dornbracht_Aquapressure "The water pressure on the relevant pressure points and meridians, leads to an increase in blood circulation in the skin and muscles, especially in combination with warmth. Aquapressure is therefore ideal for easing tenseness – simply while we shower", explains Christoph Stumpe, head of the famous Shen Men Institute and an expert in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Photo: Markus Jans
Copyrights: Dornbracht

Dornbracht, Aquapressure, WaterFan, WaterCurve, Vertical Shower, Water pressure massage, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Christoph Stumpe, health-enhancing application
06_Dornbracht_Aquapressure The WaterFan and WaterCurve massage jets are the ideal addition to Dornbracht's Vertical Shower.
With digital Smart Tools, there are three pre-set water programs to chose from at the touch of a button: Energizing, De-Stressing and Balancing. The pressure and temperature of the water are always perfectly coordinated.
Photo: Markus Jans
Copyrights: Dornbracht