Give water treading a whirl! After all, the most well-known water application of Sebastian Kneipp is very easy to perform oneself. Walking pools are often found in swimming pool or wellness facilities. Even many parks have one. If you don't have a basin nearby, your home bathtub or a creek around the corner is a good alternative. The important thing is to ensure that the water does not exceed 18 degrees Celsius (65 degrees Fahrenheit) and does not go higher than your knees.
What the application does:
- Stimulates the circulatory system
- Promotes circulation
- Strengthens veins
- Helps combat varicose veins
- Helps relieve hot legs
- Promotes sleep when performed in the evening
- Helps migraines
- Stimulates the metabolism
- Strengthens the immune system
- Has a stabilizing effect on the autonomic nervous system
Here's how to do it:
- Fill the bathtub with cold tap water to a level that is just below the back of your knee.
- Then stand in the water and walk in place. With each step, take one leg completely out of the water - like a stork's gait - and in doing so, bend the tip of your foot downward. Stop as soon as the cold stimulus becomes too great.
- After the water treading, use your hands to brush the water off your legs, put on socks and shoes and perform foot exercises or walk to generate a pleasant warm feeling.
Do not perform water-treading if you suffer from urinary tract infections, bladder and kidney disease, abdominal infections and severe arterial circulatory problems. Caution is also advised during menstruation.