Kneipp path: what it is, what are the benefits and how to best practice it. All the details on that walk that can improve your health.
What is the Kneipp path?
TheKneipp pathit is a water-based treatment system; not surprisingly, theKneipp pathis proposed inspasand manyspas.
TheKneipp pathis now part of a large number of practices enclosed in the so-calledKneipp methodorKneipp therapy. For some it is a lifestyle, a philosophy of living well but in more practical terms it is a method based onhydrotherapy which exploits the beneficial effects of water to give our body well-being.
We can describe theKneipp path like a path where our feet and / or other parts of the body are completely immersed in short baths hot water and cold water.
The most common type ofKneipp pathit consists in walking barefoot paths of river pebbles immersed in thermal water where immersions in hot and cold water alternate; in spas and spas, usually theKneipp pathis divided into two pools, one filled with cold water and one containing hot thermal water, the two pools are commonly connected by a few steps so those who want to take advantage of thebenefits of the Kneipp pathall he has to do is walk through these two pools. As stated, river pebbles or other smooth stones can be found on the bottom of the tanks.
Depending onKneipp pathoffered by wellness centers and spas, the water (hot and cold) can reach the ankles, knees or even reach the pelvis. At the base of theKneipp pathwe find rapid immersion in water tanks with different temperatures in order to take advantage of the so-calledthermal shock.
In short, what is the Kneipp path?
In practical terms, you walk inside tanks filled to varying heights with cold water (from 12 to 2o degrees) and then hot (from 36 to 38 degrees). The bottom of the tanks is often irregular, consisting of sand, small smooth stones or river stones.
There are other applications of theKneipp path which consist ofbandages, baths, showers, packs, sprays ...
How was the Kneipp path born?
Many are reluctant to learn historical notions, yet in this case it is necessary to dedicate a few sentences to the birth ofmethod Kneipp. The Kneipp method was invented by a German abbot suffering from Tuberculosis,Sebastian Kneipp.
Sebastian, unable to derive any benefit from the traditional medicine of the time, began to experiment withhydrotherapythanks to which he was able to eradicate the then fatal tuberculosis within six months.
It was 1849 whenSebastian Kneipphe fell ill with TB (tuberculosis) and to cure himself he exploited the power of water and thermal shocks: after stripping naked, he immersed himself in the cold waters of the Danube and immediately dressed and countered the rapid cooling by running home. Thanks to the motion, the body temperature rose rapidly. The same effects that today are obtained through the Kneipp path with immersion in waters at two different temperatures. With the progress of science, several benefits have been highlighted, attributed precisely toKneipp therapy.
“Scientific studies from 2012 in Germany showed that elderly people who are treated with Kneipp therapy are healthier, more active and feel better. Regular hydrotherapy applications can even reduce the need for massive drug therapy."This is what the South Tyrol Kneipp Association reports.
Kneip path, what are the benefits?
TheKneipp pathstimulates blood circulation through the alternation of hot, lukewarm or cold water.
This thermal shock stimulates the circulatory system managing to counteract various situations: perfect for those suffering from tired legs syndrome, to reduce swelling of the ankles and feet, the sense of heaviness in the limbs ... It is particularly useful for counteracting callulitis in how much it manages to stimulate blood circulation in the epidermis. It tones and invigorates the body, it is recommended for its draining properties, against water retention and also to strengthen the immune system. A lymphatic drainage massage, performed by expert personnel, could accentuate the sensation of lightness in the legs.