A real knee-slapper: This Kneipp application is an all-round talent. The leg affusion doesn't just promote health but it also has a skin-firming effect – and this effect is natural, only with the power of water.
What the application does:
- Eases and loosens the muscles of the leg
- Provides cooling on warm days
- The cold stimulus trains the vessels and strengthens the immune system
- Helps combat varicose veins, spider veins and swollen legs
- Firms the skin during weight loss - especially in the case of cellulite
- Helps promote sleep
Here's how to do it:
- Only perform the leg affusion when feet are warm.
- You should perform this application for the first time with somewhat temperature-controlled water, that is, the water temperature should be approximately 19 to 20 degrees Celsius (66 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit). During each additional application, you can then reduce the temperature somewhat – in this way, you train your body and acclimate it more easily to the cold water.
- Those who are inexperienced can also perform the leg affusion as a contrast (cold/warm) application. In this case, the water temperature in the warm phase is about 36 to 38 degrees Celsius (97 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit); in the cold phase, it is up to 18 degrees Celsius (65 degrees Fahrenheit). You can repeat the warm and cold application once in each case. Always end with the cold phase.
- During the cold and contrast application, the stream of water is first directed at the back of the foot, going towards the outside of the right leg and directed upwards. Spend a short amount of time at the groin – until good warmth is felt in the case of warm water and about 5 to 8 seconds in the case of cold water. Then move the hose downwards along the inside of the leg.
- Then perform the leg affusion on the left leg.
- Finally, direct water over the right and left soles of the feet.
- Afterwards, take care to warm up again using appropriate clothing, socks, movement or a massage.
Persons with acute kidney and bladder problems as well as arterial circulation problems should not use the leg affusion. Caution is also advised during menstruation, in the event of sciatic pain and urinary tract infections.