Kneipp Walking, A Water Cure Treatment

Kneipp Walking in Aschau, Germany
Kneipp Walking in Aschau, Germany | Source

Sebastian Kneipp, The Founder

I don´t know if you have heard about Sebastian Kneipp before, or about his natural health treatment. If not, let me introduce to you this wonderful treatment which is so popular in Europe.

I heard about this treatment a few years after I arrived in Germany. It was in the 1980´s. It was my parents-in-law who introduced me one of Kneipp´s treatments on our holiday to Bavaria. It was the Kneipp walking treatment.

Kneipp water cure treatment was founded by a Bavarian, German priest Sebastian Kneipp in the 19th century. Sebastian Kneipp was sick with lung tuberculosis when he was still in college. At that time tuberculosis was not curable yet. One day he had read a book about how cold water cured an illness. With a very weak health and the hope to become healthy again, Sebastian Kneipp applied what he had read in the book. He run exhausted to the very cold Donau river and bathed himself naked with the water up to his neck. He dived once or twice into the cold water and run back home dressed and warmed himself inside his house. He felt warmed and healthier afterwards that he tried bathing in the cold water after a few days of relaxing.

Bathing in the cold water of Donau river was a great success. He regained his good health. Thus, the birth of Kneipp Water Cure. Sebastian Kneipp died at the age of 76.


Water Mill in the Natural Kneipp Walking Cure in Aschau, Bavaria, Germany.
Water Mill in the Natural Kneipp Walking Cure in Aschau, Bavaria, Germany. | Source

Kneipp Walking

After my sightseeing in Toerwang with my hubby and my friend Beth, we went to Aschau. Aschau is another village surrounded by beautiful landscapes and mountainsites near Toerwang. We visited the Naturerlebnispfad (Nature Path) in Baernsee, Aschau where we experienced the wilderness of the nature.

It was at the entrance where I discovered the circular movement of the water mill on the small lake. The clear water that was flowing down from the mountains. There was a small house for changing the clothes for swimmers in front of the moor swimming pool, on the left far side of the lake. Both the moor swimming pool and the water cure lake were empty. There were only us, at first.

After taking videos and photos of the surrounding, I took off my shoes, my stockings and rolled my pants up to my knees. Then I went down the few stairs and went Kneipp walking. The water was so cold but I bit my teeth for I know how healthy this Kneipp walking for my health is. The water was not only clear but freezing and stoney. I had to hold the railings which are on the middle of the lake. The railings were there to hold while Kneipp walking.

How to do the Kneipp walking in the nature!

  • Barefooted and pants (if you are wearing) rolled up to the knees.
  • Slowly put the right and then the left foot on the lake water and bite your lips as it is freezing.
  • Hold the railings to avoid bathing on the cold water.
  • Slowly walk by, while one leg is out of the water and the other is in the water. Make a few rounds and go back to the starting point which is the stairs.
  • Dry the feet with a towel and put on the socks or stockings to make them warm.
  • Now you can feel the tickling warmth on your feet.
  • Doing this procedure daily for a week or two,you will feel improvements on your nervous system.

Good for illness treatments such as strokes or having been operated on your spinal chord.


Natural Kneipp Water Cure In Aschau, Bavaria, Germany.
Natural Kneipp Water Cure In Aschau, Bavaria, Germany. | Source

How To Kneipp At Home

Kneipp walking can be done at home as well as outside in the lake. I mostly do this at home when it´s winter time to boost my immune system. I just need 2 big buckets where I can put my feet inside. One bucket is with warm water while the other bucket is with cold water. I start putting my feet inside the warm water bucket for about 5 minutes. Then I put my feet to the cold bucket water for a few seconds. Then put my feet again to the warm water for a few minutes then back to the cold water again. I repeat it for the 5th and last time to the warm water. Then dry my feet with a towel. Rub a foot lotion on my feet and then wear my socks to keep my feet warm. After that I relax myself on the sofa and drink a cup of relaxing tea before I go to bed.

This kneipp water therapy for my feet helps me have a good night sleep. I hope you will try it. Enjoy!

The view in front of the Kneipp Water in Aschau, Bavaria, Germany
The view in front of the Kneipp Water in Aschau, Bavaria, Germany | Source

Kneipp Walking Video

Benefits of Kneipp Walking

  1. Boost the immune system.
  2. Relaxes the nervous system.
  3. Strenghtens the veins.
  4. It is a good treatment for cold feet as it stimulates the energy of the body.

There are a lot of Kneipp spa treatments that are offered in some hotels in Bavaria, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. But you can enjoy Kneipp walking at home also especially on wintertime and it helps you feel good and sleepy when you do it before going to bed. Just put cold water in a bathtub or in a wide basin and walk slowly for a few minutes. Then warm and pat dry your feet. You can massage your feet after that, if you like. You will be having a good night sleep. HAPPY KNEIPPING!!!!


Source: Wikipedia

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urmilashukla23 4 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

Thanks for introducing Kneipp Walking. Very interesting.


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

You are welcome, urmilashukla23 and thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

Interesting hub. It has always been my belief that if you force the body to adapt, it will. If you pamper and drug it, it will just grow weak. This seems to be along the same lines, so I could believe there are benefits!

Shared, up and useful.


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dinkan53 4 years ago from India

Its great to know a way to boost your health with Kneipp water therapy. Thanks for introducing this to us and rated this hub as useful.


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Thank you Brett for your stopping by and for leaving a great comment. Have a great week!


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Hi dinkan53! Nice to meet you here in HP. Thanks for your nice comment and for your follow. Have a great day!


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anglnwu 4 years ago

I've not heard of this treatment method before but it certainly sounds interesting. The cold water--brrr...must be good for the body and soul. Thanks for sharing.


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Thanks for stopping by. Yes, it´s so cold when you do it in the nature and it has a healing effects on your nervous system. So, it´s worth it. Have a great day!


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thumbi7 4 years ago from India

This treatment is interesting and good to know.

Thanks for sharing


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Very interesting. I should be able to find some water cold enough to do this. Thanks for sharing!


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anusujith 4 years ago from Nilambur, Kerala, India

Kneipp Walking. It's absolutely a new idea!!! Thanks for this, voted up and shared.


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harshad2011 4 years ago from India

Nice article. keep coming


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Thanks Thumbi7 for stopping by and for giving your nice comment. Have a great day!


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Hi Rebecca! You can put cold water in your bath tub up to below your knees. You can do your kneipp walking there. Don´t forget to warm your feet afterwards.


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Thank you anusujith for stopping by and for sharing my hub to others. Have a great day!


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Thank you harshad2011. Have a great day!


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

This sounds like a very good treatment. I think riding my motorcycle on a cold day has a similar effect, I feel numb all over, but after I warm up it is very relaxing and rejuvenating.


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Hi dmop! Yes, it is a very good treatment. I don´t know if it has a similar effect because I don´t drive a motorcycle but if you say so, why not. Thanks for your stopping by and for your follow.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

I have never heard of this before. Did it make you feel better? I think I would like it just because it is a chance to commune with nature. Beautiful!


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wewillmake 4 years ago from kerala-INDIA

Hearing first time about the treatment... Very informative hub...


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Very interesting. Prior to this had no idea such a cure existed. Just wanna make mention of one thing - people who take a cold water bath even in severe winters rarely fall sick. Wonder if there are similarities to this with the Kneipp Walking cure.

Just a thought - The nerve endings are concentrated in the extremeties, esp the hands and feet. Acupressure is based on this.

Great, useful hub. Voted up and useful.


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laadhy 4 years ago from Maldives- The Paradise on Earth

interesting hub.


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Good morning tammyswallow. Yes, the treatment was so good for my sored feet. I felt better afterwards. This Kneipp treatments, walking is one of this, is offered in spas mostly in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Thanks for stopping by.


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Thank you wewillmake. Have a great week!


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Yes, that´s what Sebastian Kneipp did. Taking a cold bath in a lake when he was sick and thus founded the kneipp treatment. Those people who are taking cold baths even in winter are following Kneipps treatment. Walking in a cold water, taking a cold and hot shower with the use of water hose (practise in the spas in Europe) are one of these treatments.

Thank you for stopping by and for your follow.


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Thank you laadhy. Have a good week!


Grace 4 years ago

Thank you thelma, thats good for me.....


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Your welcome Grace. Thanks for visiting my hub. Have a great day!


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

I had never heard of this Kneipp cold water treatment. Sounds very interesting. It is certainly located in a beautiful area according to your photos. Thanks for this most interesting hub. Up votes and sharing!


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Hi Peggy! Kneipp cure water treatments are popular here in Europe. There are some hotels and spas in Germany, Austria and Switzerland which are specializing Kneipp treatments as these spas are mostly in the middle of a beautiful nature, like at the Alps. You don´t need to be in this place to enjoy kneipp walking. You can do it in your nearby lakes. Thanks for your visit and for sharing.


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HealthyHanna 4 years ago from Utah

How very interesting! I have been too chicken to try it. I am usually cold, and once I get cold it is hard for me to get warm. The American Indain have practiced this and maintain it do improve your health.


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Hi HealthyHanna! Thanks for stopping by and for giving a comment. I usually feel cold too, that´s why I do kneipp walking only in summer time. I feel good everytime I do it as it boasts the blood circulation on my legs.


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Tracy Lynn Conway 4 years ago from Virginia, USA

I have never heard of this but it seems so simple and beneficial. Water can be so curing both hot and cold so it does seem logical that Kneipp would work and it certainly can't hurt.

Tracy


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Yes, it is simple and beneficial to our health. Water cure treatments are practice here in Europe. In the nature and inside the health spas . Thanks for your comment Tracy.


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moneyfairy 4 years ago

Very interesting treatment concept!!!Thanks for sharing this info.


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Thank you moneyfairy. I´m so sorry I have just seen this comment of yours. How could I ever missed it? Sorry again. Have a nice day!


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Thank you Barb Lawson for your wonderful comment, but I can not approve it here as it showed a link which is not allowed to be included in this comment section. Sorry about that. Have a great day!


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ChitrangadaSharan 17 months ago from New Delhi, India

Very nice, informative and useful hub and you explained it in detail, so that others can try this.

Well done!

I have tried this treatment and it is really very effective. But I did not know about its name. Its a part of the Naturopathy treatment done in many Naturopathy treatment centres.

Thanks for sharing with illustrations and helpful pictures. Voted up!


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Thelma Alberts 17 months ago from Germany Author

Thank you very much ChitrangadaSharan for your wonderful comment and votes. Yes, this Kneipp walking treatment is a part of Naturopathy treatment in Germanys health centres. It´s an old method of treatment here in Germany. Enjoy your weekend!

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