Hydrotherapy, also known as water therapy, is one of the oldest forms of treatment. It has been used throughout history to treat both acute and chronic conditions with success. Kneipp perfected his water therapy treatments while developing his “water cures” using hot, cold, and contrasting hot and cold applications through affusions, baths, foot baths, and washing. Regularly applied, these treatments can help to bring balance to everyday life: recharging the batteries, reducing stress and reviving.
The contrasting applications of hot and cold water through affusions, also known as Kneipping, is unique to Kneipp therapy and particularly effective at stimulating blood flow, increasing metabolism, and giving the immune system a boost.