The contrast arm affusion


This arm affusion is for those who enjoy something gentler. At least it begins with water at a pleasant temperature. OK, then it gets colder – but sticking with it is worth it.

What the application does:

  • Strengthens the immune system (resilience)
  • Refreshes and invigorates the body
  • Helps in cases of exhaustion and fatigue

Here's how to do it:

  • Start with warm water, about 36 to 38 degrees Celsius (97 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit).
  • Let your arm hang sideways over the bathtub. Direct the stream of water, starting at the outside of the right hand over the arm up to the shoulder. Keep the stream of water there briefly and then guide it back to the inside of the arm.
  • Do the same with the left arm.
  • Now cool down the water to about 18 degrees Celsius (65 degrees Fahrenheit) and repeat the movement pattern on the right and left arms.
  • First perform the warm and then the cold application a second time. It is important to ensure that you end with cold water.
  • Finally, do not dry off but instead just wipe the water off.
  • Then take care to warm up again, for example by slipping directly into a bathrobe that has been laid out.

If you suffer from organic heart disease such as cardiac arrhythmias, coronary heart disease or angina pectoris, the contrast arm affusion should not be performed.