Ultrasonic Hydrotherapy SPA
Hydrotherapy, put simply, is the therapeutic use of water—and we’ve been relying on it for its healing properties since ancient times. This translates to baths, saunas, steam rooms, showers, and the like.
Greece 700 B.C.
Ancient Greece is well known for the love of public baths, and as the Greek Philopsopher Plato stated, “A man is not learned until he can read, write and swim“. And Hippocrates recommended a daily scented bath and oil massage.
Rome 100 A.D.
And public baths were also a way of life in the Roman empire, and they were built in typically grand Roman style. The Caracalla baths in Rome, were fed a constant supply of fresh water from hills over 50 miles away, via a system of aquaducts. And, the first heated pool was installed by Gaius Maecenas during the first century. However, still not too much swimming, although ‘state swimmers’ trained in Roman pools for competition.
7th century, the Anglo Saxons
By the 7th century, the Anglo Saxons controlled much of the area, and there are accounts of people using the baths for their curative properties until the 16th century, despite the baths having gone into disrepair several times.
Over the centuries, the building around the spring became more and more elaborate, especially since the spa became a destination for the well-to-do and royalty of Britain after the 12th century. By the 17th century, the baths had become primarily about entertainment rather than healing, as musicians, and men with wandering eyes, were stationed on the gallery overlooking the pools.
Today, the gallery has been rebuilt and a museum with ancient artifacts from the site have been added for tourists and historians alike to enjoy.
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I was wading through icy cold water—willingly—and it felt great. I wasn’t at a spa with soft candles, pleasing scents, and fluffy robes—I was in an old windowless tiled room in a hospital-like setting that was worn-around-the-edges in the tiny, tranquil town of Bad Worishofen. I had come to Germany, to the Kneipp Institut in particular, to research hydrotherapy—and I was cold and happy as a clam. For this is where it all began.
Father Sebastian Kneipp had originally come to Bad Worishofen, idyllically situated at the foothills of the Alps, as the Father Confessor to the Dominican Convent. As a young man studying theology, he had contracted tuberculosis—and he had managed to cure himself of it. He did this with the help of cold-water baths and a healthy diet, and he went on to document this in his book My Water Cure, published in 1886.
A man with a mission, Kneipp was a healer who had a stupendous influence on the hydrotherapy movement (which morphed into naturopathy.) In addition to cold baths, he was a big believer in the health benefits of walking barefoot through the snow. Back then, a typical water cure lasted 24 weeks and consisted of many different hydrotherapies, including immersing oneself in water up to the neck for at least three hours a day, twice a day—three days a week. My brief stay in Germany involved a lot of cold water, hoses, buckets, fresh air and good food and didn’t include the above, but since then, I have gone on to experience hundreds of hydrotherapy treatments at spas both here and abroad.
Spas are traditionally places of healing—and water is at their very core. But a funny thing happened on the way to the spa not so long ago—hydrotherapy nearly disappeared off of spa menus across the United States. You can thank the emergence of a true-blue business that boomed in the 1990s. This was the decade that gave birth to and commercialized the spa industry in the United States, and in doing so, waved goodbye to what was once a spa culture.
Based on this conviction, Dr.Sebastian Kneipp (1821-1897), a naturopath and priest, created a life philosophy that sees man going about his daily habits and routines in his natural habitat as an inseparable entity. Dr.Sebastian Kneipp’s holistic approach is still of increasing relevance today.
At the age of 28, Dr.Sebastian Kneipp cured himself of a severe case of tuberculosis. At that time, the disease was usually fatal, but Kneipp came across an eighteenth-century book about hydrotherapy that inspired him to immerse himself several times a week in the icy Danube River. These brief exposures to cold water seemed to booster his immune system. His tuberculosis went into remission and so he dedicated the rest of his long life to harnessing the healing power of water, specific plants and herbs.
The years from 1855 to 1880 were a very significant period in Kneipp’s life. His success in healing himself motivated him to combine and extend his tried and tested water treatments. This he did by observing and carrying out numerous tests on himself and his patients in order to create a successful preventative and curative concept with constantly improved and refined methods. His treatments included cold rinses, water stepping, hot and cold half and full baths, contrast baths as well as hot and cold wet packs and compresses.
Advanced in years, Dr.Sebastian Kneipp became friends and close partners with a Würzburg pharmacist who shared his conviction using naturopathic medicine and healing remedies. Using natural plant essences and other pure ingredients as a base, they created the formulas that still, to this day, constitute the basis for many of our products.
In 1891, Dr.Sebastian Kneipp entrusted his friend and fellow pharmacist with the legacy of his lifelong studies by granting him the exclusive right to develop, produce, and sell products “under the name and with the image of Father Dr.Sebastian Kneipp“. This contract formed the foundation for the Kneipp Group of today.
Dr.Sebastian Kneipp died in Bad Wörishofen on 17 June 1897 at the age of 76. At the time, together with Emperor Wilhelm II and Bismarck he was one of the three most famous people in the German empire.
The Kneipp’s 5 pillars to a healthy life:
WATER - is an ideal conductor of heat and cold and as such forms the core of the famous "kneipp-Kur". practiced at home, the alternating hot and cold water showers will stimulate your circulatIon and get your body's immune defense system in top form.
PLANTS - The theory of the healing effect of specially selected herbs and plants is the result of thousands of years of experience. Kneipp has always set great store by high concentrations of natural plant extracts in it's formula and products for your health.
EXERCISE - Regular physical exercise (preferably outdoors) without the pressure of competition noticeable improves your general sense of well-being. It revitalizes the entire organism and strengthens the body's natural immune defenses.
NUTRITION - A balanced diet is the foundation of a healthy and active life. This does not mean following diets and nutrition plans but rather consciously enjoying a varied and balanced diet.
A balanced lifestyle - the basis for a healthy, active, and satisfying life. water , plants exercise and nutrition: Each of these elements contributes uniquely to your health and enjoyment of life. yet, according to Dr.sebastian Kneipp, it is the interaction of all four elements that keeps the body and spirit in equiLlibirium.