A cold arm bath – or a "Kneipp espresso"

Do you need coffee first thing to wake up? But not in the evening, because otherwise you won't be able to fall asleep? Sebastian Kneipp had a tip for you: the "Kneipp espresso." This cold arm bath can also be referred to as the healthy cup of coffee. Because it stimulates without over-stimulating. An invigorating effect without any problems later falling asleep.

What the application does:

  • Strengthens the immune defenses of the upper airways
  • Promotes circulation of the blood
  • Stimulates the metabolism
  • Supports blood flow within the heart muscle
  • Refreshes in the case of exhaustion and fatigue
  • Relieves pain in the case of elbow discomfort

Here's how to do it:

  • A good time for the Kneipp espresso is late morning or early afternoon – and otherwise as needed.
  • Fill the washbasin with cold water (12 to 18 degrees Celsius/54 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • At the start, your arms and hands should be warm. If the hands are nonetheless cold, performing a cold bath is strongly discouraged! They indicate circulatory problems which could become worse with cold water.
  • Now immerse your arms in the water, up to the middle of the upper arm, until a feeling of cold becomes noticeable (about 30 to 40 seconds).
  • During this time, breathe calmly and deeply, and smile – that never hurts.
  • Then gently wipe the water off your arms.
  • Now take care to rewarm yourself: Put on clothing and swing the arms back and forth.


Warning:
If you have angina pectoris and organic heart disease, you should proceed carefully with the cold arm bath.

Tip:
Before wiping the water off your arms, you can gently wet the back of your neck. This is particularly refreshing because the cardiovascular and respiratory center is located here.

 

 

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