Working with nature...



Welcome to Danubius Hotels Group, Europe’s largest and


most experienced spa operators! Our spa...
(ISL=In some locations)
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(ISL=In some locations)
                                                                                             Presc...
DANUBIUS HEALTH SPAS
In our Danubius Health Spas you will find the following:

Natural Resources – the heart of our treatm...
BALNEOTHERAPY

BALNEOTHERAPY            • THERMAL MINERAL WATER

                                        THERMAL BATH
    ...
BALNEOTHERAPY    • THERMAL MINERAL WATER / cont.

                                        MUD POOL
                       ...
CO2 NATURAL GAS INJECTIONS
Specific to the spa resort of Marienbad, these injections are an application of the famous ‘Mar...
HYDROTHERAPY

                                        CARBON DIOXIDE BATH (IN NORMAL WATER)
                              ...
COLON HYDROTHERAPY
Also known as Colonic Irrigation this practice was reputedly used in Ancient Egypt, China and India. Ho...
PHYSIOTHERAPY

                REHABILITATION DIAGNOSTICS
                This diagnostic session is carried out for cases...
MANUAL LYMPH DRAINAGE
This is a specialized massage the aim of which is to assist the lymphatic system, particu-
larly in ...
PHYSIOTHERAPY / cont.


ANTISPASTIC KINEZITHERAPY
This therapy is carried out using a special electronically controlled de...
MAGNETIC THERAPY
This treatment is conducted in the lying position on a bed or couch, while the treated body part is expos...
PACKS / cont.


                                      PEAT PACKS
                                      In our locations wh...
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Welcome to Danubius Hotels Group, Europe’s largest and
most experienced spa operators! Our spas are situated
in unique and beautiful locations in Hungary, the Czech
Republic, Slovakia and Romania.
Treatments in our spas take advantage of the natural
resources found in each of these countries, ranging from
thermal waters to mud, spring waters and natural gases.
These natural resources have a tradition and history,
which we combine with our medical expertise to offer a
unique and exciting experience.

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Danubius treatment guide

  1. 1. Working with nature... Welcome to Danubius Hotels Group, Europe’s largest and most experienced spa operators! Our spas are situated in unique and beautiful locations in Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Romania. Treatments in our spas take advantage of the natural ENGLISH resources found in each of these countries, ranging from thermal waters to mud, spring waters and natural gases. These natural resources have a tradition and history, which we combine with our medical expertise to offer a unique and exciting experience. 25
  2. 2. (ISL=In some locations) Prescription required Generaal Well Being Approximate time CZECH REPUBLIC (or as prescibed by the doctor) ROMAANIA SLOVAKIA HUNGARY SPA TREATMENT LIST AND Medical TERMINOLOGIES Page BALNEOTHERAPY Thermal Mineral Water 29 Thermal Bath No 20 minutes 29 Individual Thermal Mineral Bath No 20 minutes 29 Individual Thermal Aromabath No 20 minutes 29 Carbon Dioxide Thermal Bath No 20 minutes 29 Individual Thermal Bubble Bath No 20 minutes 30 Mud Pool Yes 5-10 minutes Mineral Water and Natural Gas 30 Mineral Drinking Cure ISL – 30 Individual Mineral Bath No 20 minutes 30 Individual Mineral Aromabath No 20 minutes 30 Natural Dry Carbon Gas Bath No 30 minutes 31 CO2 Natural Gas Injections Yes – Salt 31 Salt Bath No 15-20 minutes 31 Individual Salt Bath Yes 20 minutes THERAPEUTIC AND MEDICAL SERVICES Medical Expertise 31 Initial Doctor's Check Up – – 31 Doctor's Control – – 31 Final Doctor's Check Up – – 31 Doctors Consultation – – HYDROTHERAPY 32 Carbon Dioxide Bath (in normal water) ISL 10-20 minutes 32 Hydromassage No 10-20 minutes 32 Underwater Jet Massage ISL 10-20 minutes 32 Individual Bubble Bath No 10-20 minutes 32 Underwater Traction (in normal water) Yes 10-20 minutes 32 Underwater Traction (in thermal water) Yes 10-20 minutes 33 Colon Hydrotherapy Yes 30-45 minutes Kneipp Treatments 33 Alternating Temperature Bath Yes 10 minutes 33 Alternating Temperature Pouring Yes 10 minutes 33 Scottish Spray ISL 15 minutes 33 Stepping Bath ISL 15 minutes PHYSIOTHERAPY 34 Rehabilation Diagnostics Yes – 34 Group Therapeutic Exercise Yes 20 minutes 34 Individual Therapeutic Exercise Yes 20 minutes 34 Full Body Medical Massage ISL 20 minutes 34 Partial Medical Massage ISL 20 minutes 34 Segment and Connective Tissue Massage ISL 20 minutes 34 Foot Reflex Massage No 20-50 minutes 35 Manual Lymph Drainage ISL 20-30 minutes 35 Water Rehabilitation ISL 20 minutes 35 Rehabilation Path No 20 minutes 35 Ergo-Therapy Yes 20 minutes 35 Manipulation and Mobilization Therapy Yes – 35 Traction Yes 20 minutes 35 Ultrasound Therapy Yes 15 minutes 36 Antispastic Kinezitherapy Yes – ELECTROTHERAPY 36 TENS Yes 15-30 minutes 36 Interference Yes 15-20 minutes 36 Galvanic Bath Yes 15 minutes 36 Four Cell Galvanic Bath Yes 15 minutes 36 Iontophoresis Yes 15 minutes 36 Diadynamic Stimulus Current Therapy Yes 3-15 minutes 36 Selective Stimulus Galvanic Current Yes 15-20 minutes 37 Magnetic Therapy ISL 10-30 minutes 26
  3. 3. (ISL=In some locations) Prescription required Generaal Well Being Approximate time CZECH REPUBLIC (or as prescibed by the doctor) ROMAANIA SLOVAKIA HUNGARY SPA TREATMENT LIST AND Medical TERMINOLOGIES Page PACKS 37 Mud Pack Yes 20 minutes 37 Local Mud Pack ISL 20 minutes 37 Paraffin Pack ISL 20 minutes 37 Parafango Pack ISL 20 minutes 37 Priessnitz’s Packs Yes 60 minutes 38 Peat Packs Yes 20 minutes 38 Gynecologic Mud / Peat Treatment Yes 20-60 minutes 38 Special Cream Packs Yes – INHALATION 38 Salt Inhalation ISL 10-20 minutes 38 Inhalation ISL 10-20 minutes 38 Oxygen Inhalation No 50-60 minutes 38 Salt Cave No 60 minutes COMPLEMENTARY 39 Acupuncture Yes – PHOTOTHERAPY 39 Laser Therapy Yes 5 minutes 39 Bioptron Lamp Yes 4-6 minutes 39 U.V. Therapy No – OTHER 39 Dry Wrap No 15 minutes 39 Dry Carbon Gas Bad No 30 minutes CRYOTHERAPY 39 Cold Packing Yes 15-20 minutes 40 Cold Air Stream Yes 15-20 minutes RELAXATION Massage 40 Thai Massage No 60-75 minutes 40 Relaxation Massage No 20-40 minutes 40 Foot Massage No 20-30 minutes 40 Revitalizing Aromatic Massage No 20-40 minutes 40 Relaxing Aromatic Massage No 20-40 minutes 40 Hot Towel Back Massage No 15 minutes 41 Relaxing Head and Face Massage No 15 minutes 41 Traditional Dry Brush Massage No 15 minutes 41 Anti-cellulite Massage No 20 minutes 41 Dolce Vitae Massage No 50 minutes 41 De Luxe Massage No 50 minutes 41 Schwarzwalds Tonisation Massage No 50 minutes 41 Shiatsu Massage No 75 minutes 41 Hot Stone Therapy No 30-75 minutes Baths 42 Revitalizing Aroma Bath No 15-20 minutes 42 Relaxing Aroma Bath No 15-20 minutes 42 Cleopatra Bath No 15-20 minutes Further relaxation treatments 42 Wellness Mud Pack No 30 minutes 42 Infra-sauna No 20 minutes 42 Aphrodite Pack No 45 minutes FITNESS 43 Personal Fitness Consultation No 30-60 minutes Exercise Classes 43 Aqua Fitness No 20-30 minutes 43 Step Aerobic No 30-60 minutes 43 Aerobic No 30-60 minutes 44 Pilates No 60 minutes 44 Yoga No 60-75 minutes 44 Nordic Walking No 60-75 minutes 44 Thai Chi No 60-75 minutes 44 BEAUTY 27
  4. 4. DANUBIUS HEALTH SPAS In our Danubius Health Spas you will find the following: Natural Resources – the heart of our treatments. Medical Expertise – experienced doctors and health professionals to support and guide you through your therapies. Therapeutic Treatments – effective medical procedures that have successfully treated generations of spa guests. Relaxation Services – relaxation facilities and treatments to really help you unwind and de-stress. Fitness and Beauty – take advantage of our Danubius Premier Fitness and Emporium Wellness and Beauty concepts. Danubius Healthy Choice – healthy menus to complement our delicious local cuisines, low fat and calorie counted. NATURAL RESOURCES Our Health Spa Resorts have attracted visitors for centuries who have sought the healing benefits of our therapeutic natural resources. These natural resources differ from country to country: HUNGARY – Due to the thinness of the earth’s crust in the Carpathian basin, Hungary is blessed with more than two thousand natural thermal mineral springs and wells producing thermal water. The heat and chemical composition of these thermal waters have a direct healing effect on many mobility conditions such as arthritis and rheumatism. Mud from the unique thermal lake of Hévíz is also used in the form of packs, due to its anti-inflammatory and healing qualities. (See Balneotherapy: Thermal Bath, Packs: Mud Pack) ˇˇ PIESTANY (SLOVAKIA) – Piest’any spa has been treating and preventing degenerative ˇ and chronic inflammatory locomotive disorders for well over a century now. Piest’any ˇ spa also works to treat nervous system and post injury conditions using proven methods to stimulate the body to achieve rapid pain reduction and early healing. Thermal water naturally springs forth from 2000 meter deep tectonic disruptions. Its temperature ranges from 67-69 °C at its source. These waters are mildly mineral, sulphid-hydrogen-carbonate, calcific, sodium disulfid and hypotonic. This thermal Spa Hévíz – Hungary water and its natural mud are recognized for their healing effect on many mobility disorders and other ailments. The water is directly pumped into thermal baths or individual tubs where is used for treatment. (See Balneotherapy: Thermal Bath, Individual Thermal Mineral Bath, Individual Thermal Aroma Bath, Carbon Dioxide Thermal Bath, Individual Thermal Bubble Bath) The mud is either applied to the body in the form of packs, or alternatively, built directly over the hot mud springs are three different spa houses – Irma, Napoleon and Pro Patria which offer unique indoor mud pools. (See Packs: Mud Pack, See Balneo- therapy: Mud Pool) SMRDÁKY (SLOVAKIA) – The thermal water content in this spa resort has a high sulfur content, making it not just effective in the treatment of mobility disorders, but certain skin conditions as well such as eczema and psoriasis. (See Balneo- therapy: Thermal Bath) Pies t’any – Slovakia ˇ MARIENBAD (CZECH REPUBLIC) – More than 100 ‘cold water’ springs rise up within the vicinity of Marienbad most of them differing in their chemical composi- tion. When drunk these waters have healing effects on many different disorders of digestion, liver, kidney and the urinary tract. Specific springs have their particular benefits, which is why this drinking treatment is prescribed by a doctor. The water is also used for inhalation therapies and mineral baths. (See Balneotherapy: Mineral Drinking Cure) Also naturally seeping through the earth’s surface in Marienbad is it’s famous natural gas from the Marie Spring. This gas is combined with the miner- al water and experienced in the form of a bath, (See Balneotherapy: Individual Mineral Bath) or alternatively is pumped into a ‘dry gas bag’ around the body, result- ing in a treatment excellent for circulation disorders, lowering blood pressure and even the improvement of sexual functions. (See Balneotherapy: Natural Dry Carbon Gas Bath) When injected into certain areas such as the spine or joints it reduces Marienbad – Czech Republic pain and speeds up the natural healing processes. (See Balneotherapy: Natural Gas Injections) Peat is used in Marienbad in the form of a peat wrap for treating mobili- ty disorders and as a gynecologic treatment for many conditions including sterility due to its healing and anti-inflammatory effects. (See Packs: Peat Pack, Gynecologic Mud/Peat Treatment) SOVATA (ROMANIA) – The Bear salt lake of Sovata and its salt water are used as a basis for the treatments in Sovata. This salt water has a curative effect on mobility disorders, some skin conditions and is also used for inhalation treatments. (See Balneotherapy: Salt Bath, Individual Salt Bath) Mud from the lake with its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties is used as a treatment both for mobility disorders and as a gynecologic treatment. In fact its results for sterility in women have been so successful that the spa has a long- standing reputation for success in this field. (See Packs: Peat Pack, Gynecologic Sovata – Romania Mud/Peat Treatment) 28
  5. 5. BALNEOTHERAPY BALNEOTHERAPY • THERMAL MINERAL WATER THERMAL BATH Rich in minerals and warmed by the heat of the earth’s interior, thermal mineral water is probably one of the most remarkable natural remedies known to mankind. Thermal water is the basis of our natural treatments in Hungary and Slovakia. It is particularly effective in the treatment of chronic inflammatory and degenerative locomotive dis- orders and is also excellent in rehabilitation programs. Relaxing in the warm water is also a perfect antidote to unwinding from the stresses and strains of modern life. In fact its effect is so good that a weekly visit to the local spa is routine for many people living in central Europe. Thermal water naturally springs up, or is pumped artificially to the earth’s surface, normally from a depth of about 2000 meters. After this it then cools to a temperature suitable for bathing which is usually between 36-39 °C. You are encouraged to relax in the thermal bath for 15-20 mins daily unless otherwise advised by one of our doctors. In some of our more traditional spas, your thermal bathing treat- ment will be completed by a 15 minute full body dry wrap (See Other: Dry Wrap). Some of our older thermal bathhouses are true architectural gems, whilst our newer facilities combine the thermal water with sauna worlds, swimming and hydro pools. Time: 20 minutes, Doctor’s prescription required: No Benefits: Therapeutic, Relaxing, Well Being INDIVIDUAL THERMAL MINERAL BATH The individual thermal mineral bath is a bath of natural thermal water administered privately in a single tub. This treatment is especially popular in our spa resort of Piest’any. ˇ The water in the bath is normally between 36 and 38 °C (and in exceptional cases 40 °C). The treatment lasts 20 minutes and in some resorts is followed by a 15 minute full body dry wrap (See Other: Dry Wrap). During the treatment the heat from the thermal water helps the blood vessels dilate reducing blood pressure and relaxes the muscles, additionally the sulfur and minerals from the thermal water are also absorbed through the skin, where they inhibit the degradation of elastine and collagen in the cartilages, sinews and connective tissues. The individual thermal bath is an effective treatment if you have a mobility condition or alternatively if you are looking to relax and unwind. Because of this we also prescribe this treatment for our guests who may be suffering from stress or anxiety. Time: 20 minutes, Doctor’s prescription required: No Benefits: Therapeutic, Well Being INDIVIDUAL THERMAL AROMABATH Administered privately in an individual bath. Our thermal water aromabath is a popular treatment in our spa resort of Piest’any. ˇ The procedure is identical to the normal individual thermal bath (See: Individual Thermal Mineral Bath), in that temperature is between 36 and 38 °C and lasts for 20 minutes. It is unique however because herbal extracts are added to the thermal water to create a variety of effects. Amongst others these include: Lavender for relaxation, Camomile for its healing effects on the skin, Lemon Balm a mild sedative and Nettle for skin rejuvenation. Not only is there a relaxing effect from the thermal water but also the benefit from the herbal extracts. Time: 20 minutes, Doctor’s prescription required: No, Benefits: Therapeutic, Relaxing, general Well Being CARBON DIOXIDE THERMAL BATH The carbon dioxide thermal bath is an individual bath of thermal water at a temperature of between 32-34 °C into which is pumped small ‘fizzy’ bubbles of carbon dioxide gas. The treatment lasts 20 minutes during which the small carbon bubbles fizz and coat the skin as the gas is absorbed into the body. This strongly congests the skin with carbon dioxide, thereby slowing down heart activity as well as reducing blood pressure and stress on the heart. The treatment is ideal for general relaxation as there is a pleasant soothing feeling of general tickling from the carbon bubbles. Also during the treatment the heat from the thermal water helps the blood vessels dilate reducing blood pressure and relaxing the muscles. Additionally the sulfur and minerals from the thermal water are also absorbed through the skin where they inhibit the degradation of elastine and collagen in the cartilages, tendons and connective tissues. The carbon gas combined with the thermal water therefore has this ‘double’ effect. The treatment in some of our spa locations is followed by a full body 15 minute dry wrap (See Other: Dry Wrap). Time: 20 minutes, Doctor’s prescription required: No Benefits: Therapeutic, general Well Being INDIVIDUAL THERMAL BUBBLE BATH Similar in procedure to the carbon dioxide bath (See Hydrotherapy: Carbon Dioxide Bath) the individual thermal bubble bath is a bath of thermal water at a temperature of between 32-34 °C into which is pumped small ‘fizzy’ bubbles of normal air (as opposed to CO2). The treatment lasts 15-20 minutes during which you lie relaxing as small air bubbles relaxingly caress and coat the skin. The treatment is ideal for general relaxation as there is a pleasant soothing feeling of general tickling from the bubbles. During the treatment the heat from the thermal water helps the blood vessels dilate reducing blood pressure and relaxing the muscles. The treatment in some of our spa locations is followed by a full body 15 minute dry wrap (See Other: Dry Wrap). Time: 20 minutes, Doctor’s prescription required: No, Benefits: Therapeutic, Well Being 29
  6. 6. BALNEOTHERAPY • THERMAL MINERAL WATER / cont. MUD POOL Unique to our Health Spa Resort of Piest’any is the mud pool treatment. This is available ˇ in three of our spas on the spa island – Pro Patria, Irma and Napoleon Health Spas. The mud pool is comprised of a natural bed of sulfur mud from between 10-30 cm thick, penetrated by hot thermal mineral water springs, the water level above the mud being from between 50-90 cm. The temperature of the mineral water varies from 39-40 °C, in places directly over the springs sometimes reaching higher levels. During the treat- ment the heat from the mud and thermal water helps the blood vessels dilate reducing blood pressure and relaxing the muscles, additionally the sulfur and minerals are also absorbed through the skin, where they inhibit the degradation of elastine and collagen in the cartilages, sinews and connective tissues. It is possible to stand, slowly walk, sit or even conduct gentle joint mobility exercises whilst in the pool. The duration of the bath is strictly individual lasting between 5-10 minutes. The treatment ends with a shower and a 15 minute dry wrap (See Other: Dry Wrap). As part of the Piest’any tradition ˇ this treatment can be combined with a thermal bath and massage. Time: 5-10 minutes, Doctor’s prescription required: Yes, Benefits: Therapeutic, Well Being BALNEOTHERAPY • MINERAL WATER AND NATURAL GAS MINERAL DRINKING CURE Drinking medicinal mineral water is an important part of your spa stay. The rich mineral waters gently regulate the functioning of the stomach, bowels, kidneys and liver. A drinking treatment normally consists of drinking a prescribed amount of the mineral before meals as this increases the efficiency of the mineral substances and their absorption into the body. Each particular fountain in our different spa resorts in Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia have their own unique benefits and advantages. Instruc- tions on how to take full advantage of this natural resource will be found in the spa. Generally it is advised to drink between 1 and 2 decilitres before meals. Our Health Spa Resort of Marienbad was built around the healing effects of its medicinal drinking springs, world famous for it’s curative effects on kidney and urinary tract conditions. There are seven different mineral water springs in Marienbad, each with their own particular benefits and healing mineral components. Because of this, combined with the importance of embarking upon the correct drinking regime, your spa doctor will advise you on which spring will best benefit your health condition. In Marienbad you will normally be prescribed to drink from between 1 to 2 liters per day. Doctor’s prescription required: No, but advised in certain locations, Benefits: Therapeutic, Well Being INDIVIDUAL MINERAL BATH This is a signature treatment, exclusively provided in the spa resort of Marienbad using the natural local mineral waters and natural CO2 gas that naturally seeps out from the ground. The water is heated to a temperature of between 28-34 °C in an individual bathtub, into which is pumped the natural CO2 gas that fizzes onto the skin, producing a relaxing, tickling sensation. The carbon dioxide is absorbed through the skin into the body, where slows down the heart activity and reduces the blood pressure. Several treatments will result in improved blood circulation, heart and kidney activity as well as reduced stress and anxiety. The benefits and procedures are similar to the carbon dioxide bath treatment (See Hydrotherapy: Carbon Dioxide Bath), however the advantage here is that all the properties used are both local and natural. Time: 20 minutes + full body dry wrap (15 minutes) Doctor’s prescription required: No, Benefits: Therapeutic, Well Being INDIVIDUAL MINERAL AROMABATH Identical to the individual mineral bath treatment (See: Individual Mineral Bath) and exclusively provided in the spa resort of Marienbad, the difference here is that herbal extracts or salts are added to the water. The herbal extracts used include: Nettle, which softens the skin and can help eczema conditions, Camomile, that is anti-inflam- matory and speeds up the healing of wounds, Horsetail Plant, for backaches and aching joints and Tannin combined with Oak Bark to sooth skin irritations. Dead Sea Salts can also be combined with the mineral bath which not only have anti-inflammatory and anti- allergic effects but also help improve the flexibility and elasticity of the skin. Time: 20 minutes + dry wrap (15 minutes) Doctor’s prescription required: No, Benefits: Therapeutic, Well Being NATURAL DRY CARBON GAS BATH This is another signature treatment of the spa resort of Marienbad where the gas – ‘Marie’s gas’ – that bubbles naturally out of the ground is used for the treatment. This gas is of volcanic origin and contains 99.7 % CO2. In our other resorts normal, com- mercial CO2 gas (the same as in the food industry) is used. During the treatment you lie fully clothed, comfortably on a bed enclosed in a large plastic bag that is sealed just under the arms. The gas is then pumped into the bag, which slowly inflates, where it is absorbed through the clothes and skin into the body where it slows down heart activity and reduces blood pressure. The gas also improves blood circulation and kidney activity and has an anti-inflammatory effect. The gas is also known to stimulate the production of the sexual hormones, testosterone and estradiol, which is why it is successful for the improvement of sexual functions and to relieve menopausal symptoms in women. Time: 30 minutes, Doctor’s prescription required: No, Benefits: Therapeutic, Well Being 30
  7. 7. CO2 NATURAL GAS INJECTIONS Specific to the spa resort of Marienbad, these injections are an application of the famous ‘Marie’s gas‘ that bubbles naturally out from the ground. The application of this gas to the subcutis in the area of the large joints and spine produces many remarkable effects including pain relief, improvement in blood circulation to the area and an acceleration of healing. Doctor’s prescription required: Yes, Benefits: Therapeutic BALNEOTHERAPY • SALT SALT BATH Our salt bath is a signature treatment in our Health Spa Resort of Sovata, Romania. The water is pumped from a natural salt pond – the Bear Lake that lies just below the spa. Because of its extreme salt content and the floating effect it has on the body, the Bear Lake is often referred to as the ‘dead sea’ of Transylvania. In summer the salt traps the heat, maintaining its temperature a pleasant 30 °C making it a wonderful relaxing, floating outdoor spa treatment. This water is renowned for its healing effects for mobilit dis- orders, skin diseases and some gynecology conditions. It is also an effective relaxation therapy. Time: 15-20 minutes, Doctor’s prescription required: No Benefits: Therapeutic, Relaxing, general Well Being INDIVIDUAL SALT BATH Our individual salt bath is a signature treatment in our Health Spa Resort of Sovata, Romania. The water is pumped from a natural salt pond – the Bear Lake that lies just below the spa. Because of its extreme salt content and the floating effect it has on the body, the Bear Lake is often referred to as the ‘dead sea’ of Transylvania (See: Salt Bath). In the spa itself this water is heated to between 32-36 °C and pumped into indi- vidual salt baths. Here the bathing time is between 15-20 minutes. The treatment is considered an effective therapy for chronic rheumatic and nervous system disorders, some chronic skin complaints and even gynecological problems. Because of the high salt content in the water, your body floats easily, making it feel light and relaxed – an effective de-stress experience. Time: 20 minutes, Doctor’s prescription required: Yes Benefits: Therapeutic, Well Being THERAPEUTIC AND MEDICAL SERVICES THERAPEUTIC AND MEDICAL SERVICES • MEDICAL EXPERTISE INITIAL DOCTOR’S CHECK UP If you are staying with us on a traditional or therapeutic spa package you will, upon arrival, be booked in for a check up with one of our spa doctors. The aim of this initial consultation is to check that the treatments prescribed are safe and effective for your health and to discuss in detail your particular condition. If necessary the doctor may prescribe additional examinations and/or laboratory tests. DOCTOR’S CONTROL If you are staying with us for one week or longer on a traditional or therapeutic spa stay, it is likely that you will receive a weekly control check up with one of our spa doctors. The purpose of this consultation is to ensure that your treatment plan is having the best results possible and that you are getting the best out of our spa services. In some cases the treatment plan might be adjusted and additional treatments advised, depending on your progress. FINAL DOCTOR’S CHECK UP At the end of your stay our spa doctors will conduct a final consultation to ensure that the treatments prescribed have gone according to plan. This is also an opportunity for the doctor to give you the necessary medical and lifestyle advice to help continue the improvement in your health once you leave. DOCTOR’S CONSULTATION Throughout your stay our doctors are on hand to give you the necessary advice and guidance to ensure that you make the most from our spa facilities and treatments. They will also be able to answer questions that you may have and can give you impor- tant advice on our effective preventative therapies and improving your health in general. Some of our signature treatments, because of their unique effects, require a doctor’s consultation prior to booking. Your health spa or hotel reception will be able to give you further information on this and how you can book an appointment to see a doctor. 31
  8. 8. HYDROTHERAPY CARBON DIOXIDE BATH (IN NORMAL WATER) The carbon dioxide bath is an individual bath of normal water at a temperature of between 32-34 °C into which is pumped small ‘fizzy’ bubbles of carbon dioxide gas. The same carbon dioxide used in the food industry is pumped into the water through a tube. In our spa resort of Marienbad, natural gas is used, making this a signature treatment (See Balneotherapy: Individual Mineral Bath). The treatment can last from between 10 to 20 minutes during which you will lie relaxing as small carbon bubbles caress and coat your skin as the gas is absorbed into the body. Medically the carbon strongly congests the skin with carbon dioxide, thereby slowing down heart activity, reducing blood pressure and stress on the heart and improved blood circulation. This treatment is ideal for general relaxation as there is a pleasant soothing feeling of general tickling from the carbon bubbles. The treatment in some of our spa locations is followed by a full body 15 minute dry wrap (See Other: Dry Wrap). Time: 10-20 minutes, Doctor’s prescription required: In some locations Benefits: Therapeutic, general Well Being HYDROMASSAGE This treatment is taken in a hot bath of 35-37 °C and using the currents of whirling water gives a relaxing massage. The effects are improved blood circulation and a release of muscle and joint stiffness. Aroma oils and essences can be added to the water to enhance the experience. The treatment can last from between 10-20 minutes. Time: 10-20 minutes Doctor’s prescription required: No Benefits: Therapeutic, Well Being UNDERWATER JET MASSAGE The treatment is given in a bath of 35-37 °C. A powerful, pressurized jet of water is released through a hose under the water and directed manually by the therapist to the main muscle groups from a distance of between 10 and 15 cm and at an angle, in strokes. By varying the distance and angle it is possible to change the intensity of the water jet pressure upon the body. The aim of this deep massage is to release stiffness in the muscles and connective tissues and to partially release the joints. It also is probably one of the most effective relaxing spa treatments available. Time: 10-20 minutes, Doctor’s prescription required: In some locations Benefits: Therapeutic, Well Being INDIVIDUAL BUBBLE BATH The individual bubble bath is similar to the individual thermal bubble bath (See Balneotherapy: Individual Thermal Bubble Bath), however, instead of using thermal water, ordinary water is used that has been heated to a temperature of between 32-34 °C. Into this is pumped small ‘fizzy’ bubbles of air. The treatment lasts from between 10 to 20 minutes during which you lie relaxing as small air bubbles relaxingly caress and coat the skin. The treatment is ideal for general relaxation as there is a pleasant soothing feeling of general tickling from the bubbles. The treatment in some of our spa locations is followed by a full body 15 minute dry wrap (See Other: Dry Wrap). Time: 10-20 minutes, Doctor’s prescription required: No, Benefits: Therapeutic, Well Being UNDERWATER TRACTION (IN NORMAL WATER) Underwater traction in normal water uses exactly the same procedures as in thermal underwater traction. (See: Underwater Traction in Thermal Water). The only difference being that normal water is used. Traction therapy is a passive procedure that uses a mechanical force to induce stretching of the soft tissues (muscles, ligaments, tendons, joint capsule), the pulling force during the traction being constant and continuous. Traction in water uses the weight of the body which is suspended by the neck or below the arms in a pool of warm water. Sometimes additional weights are added to the middle or feet to increase the stretching effect. In the treatment the body is gently stretched out which releases the muscles and stiff spinal connective tissues. The treatment is supervised by a professional therapist. Time: 10-20 minutes, Doctor’s prescription required: Yes, Benefits: Therapeutic, Relaxing UNDERWATER TRACTION (IN THERMAL WATER) Traction therapy is a passive procedure that uses mechanical force to induce stretching of the soft tissues (muscles, ligaments, sinews, joint capsule), the pulling force during the traction being constant and continuous. Traction in water uses the weight of the body which is suspended by the neck or below the arms in a special pool of warm thermal water. Sometimes additional weights are added to the middle or feet to increase the stretching effect. During treatment the body is gently stretched out releasing the mus- cles and stiff spinal connective tissues. The treatment is supervised by a professional therapist and lasts for 15 minutes. Underwater traction in thermal water has the double benefit of the traction and also the healing effects of the minerals and heat from the thermal water. In this case the sulfur and minerals are absorbed through the skin after which they migrate to other structures in the body such as ligaments, cartilages and sinews. The sulfur once it is in the body inhibits the degradation of elastine and collagen. Time: 10-20 minutes, Doctor’s prescription required: Yes Benefits: Therapeutic 32
  9. 9. COLON HYDROTHERAPY Also known as Colonic Irrigation this practice was reputedly used in Ancient Egypt, China and India. However the method common in the West today has its origins in 19th century European Spas. The treatment is conducted lying down, whilst warm purified water is introduced into the colon via the rectum. Once this is completed the therapist uses special massage techniques to stimulate the release of the water. The whole process takes between 30-45 minutes and has the effect of cleansing the bowels from built up toxins, bacteria, parasites and other unwanted substances. Time: 30-45 minutes, Doctor’s prescription required: Yes, Benefits: Therapeutic, Well Being HYDROTHERAPY • KNEIPP TREATMENTS Kneipp treatments are named after Sebastian Kneipp, a German priest who lived in the 19th century. Through a program of exposing his body to alternate temperatures of hot and cold water, exercise and a healthy diet of vegetables, herbs and fresh bakery products, he managed to cure himself from a serious illness. It is this alternation of hot and cold water on certain body parts and hosing down with jets that people associate the principle of the Kneipp treatments. However certain Danubius Health Spas offer, not only the water treatments, but full Kneipp programs, which combine these water treatments with herbal dry wraps, aroma baths a special healthy diet and exercise programs such as Tai Chi and yoga (See Fitness: Exercise Classes). These programs last between 2-3 weeks. ALTERNATING TEMPERATURE BATH This treatment is similar in principal to the stepping bath (See: Stepping Bath) and is based on the Kneipp principle of hot and cold water on the body. The difference between the two treatments is in the stepping bath, you would physically step into baths of alternating temperatures whereas with our alternating temperature bath you sit comfortably with your feet in a basin whilst a gentle jet of water is sprayed onto the feet at a warm temperature with intervals of cold. This procedure is repeated for the wrists and hands, in the arm bath with water. This treatment improves the immune system, circulation and metabolism and leaves a rejuvenating feeling. Time: 10 minutes, Doctor’s prescription required: Yes Benefits: Therapeutic, Well Being ALTERNATING TEMPERATURE POURING Like ‘Scottish spray’ (See: Scottish Spray) this ‘pouring’ treatment is based on the Kneipp principle of contrasting hot and cold water upon the body. Whilst standing either naked or in a swim suit, a hose of warm water is gently directed over the body, first on the front and then on the back at a temperature of 38-40 °C. The temperature is then lowered to 16-18 °C and the action is repeated as before – first on the front of the body and then on the back. This combination of ‘pourings’ is repeated five or six times, finishing with cold water. This treatment improves the immune system, circu- lation and metabolism and leaves a rejuvenating feeling. Time: 10 minutes, Doctor’s prescription required: Yes Benefits: Therapeutic, Well Being SCOTTISH SPRAY ‘Scottish spray’ is a stimulating and extremely vigorous treatment. Whilst standing in a swimsuit or naked a pressurized jet of water (3 atm) is applied from a 3 to 4 meter dis- tance. For the first 30 seconds the temperature set at 38-40 °C followed by a spray of 16-18 °C for 5-10 seconds. This procedure is repeated several times first in the area of the upper and lower extremities, then on the torso and belly, following the course of the large intestine, from the front and back. The treatment ends with a cold spray. This treatment improves the immune system, circulation and metabolism and leaves a rejuvenating feeling. Time: 15 minutes, Doctor’s prescription required: In some locations Benefits: Therapeutic, Well Being STEPPING BATH This treatment involves stepping alternately into footbaths that are filled with water of contrasting temperatures. Firstly your feet are placed into a footbath of water between 40-50 °C, actively stepping for one to two minutes, then into a cold, water footbath of a temperature between 10-16 °C again actively stepping for 15-30 seconds. This whole cycle is repeated between 6 and 10 times, always finishing in the cold footbath. This treatment has a positive impact on headaches, migraines, circulation disorders (cold feet) and varicose veins in the early stage. It also helps improve the condition of loosening ankles, leg joints and is a suitable treatment for traumas to the feet and lower limbs. Time: 15 minutes, Doctor’s prescription required: In some locations Benefits: Therapeutic, Well Being 33
  10. 10. PHYSIOTHERAPY REHABILITATION DIAGNOSTICS This diagnostic session is carried out for cases involving more complicated locomotive dissorders and is offered mainly in our Health Spa Resort of Piest’any. Its purpose is to ˇ make special evaluations of the body’s functional capabilities. These evaluations may include a muscle test, walking test, diagnostics of neurological, mobility, communica- tion abilities and a spine check up. There also may be further specialized tests i.e. for Parkinson’s, paralysis of the facial nerve etc. The diagnostic session registers the status of the tested capabilities of in the beginning of the stay and the subsequent development throughout the course of the Balneotherapy rehabilitation therapy. A professional physiotherapist conducts this diagnostic procedure. Doctor’s prescription required: Yes, Benefits: Therapeutic/Rehabilitation GROUP THERAPEUTIC EXERCISE Therapeutic exercise is a crucial part of the recovery process and instrumental to any rehabilitation program. This therapy is lead by an expert physiotherapist, normally for a group of guests with a similar diagnostic profile. An example of our classes includes therapeutic exercise for spine or joint conditions, Osteoporosis, Obesity, Vascular con- ditions of the brain and exercise for Cardiac patients. The therapy uses exercises designed to relax overloaded muscles, strengthen weak muscle groups, improve mobi- lization of the joints and pelvis and strengthen static/dynamic functions necessary for correct body positioning. An inseparable part of these classes are breathing exercises in addition to training for speed, agility, endurance, balance, strength and overall fitness. Time: 20 minutes, Doctor’s prescription required: Yes, Benefits: Therapeutic INDIVIDUAL THERAPEUTIC EXERCISE A qualified physiotherapist conducts all individual therapeutic exercise sessions. These classes are designed to maintain or restore physical mobility capacities as well as to develop functional capabilities. The therapy includes active and passive movements as well as mobilization and manipulation. Other methods may include visualization, active muscle contraction, active assisted movements and free active movement. An inseparable part of these classes are breathing exercises in addition to training for balance, strength and flexibility. Time: 20 minutes, Doctor’s prescription required: Yes, Benefits: Therapeutic FULL BODY/PARTIAL MEDICAL MASSAGE Performed by qualified masseurs, the medical massage, sometimes referred to as the ‘classical’ massage, uses a variety of techniques during the treatment. The massage generally targets areas where secondary changes have occurred as a result of a reaction to injury somewhere in the body. Its aim is to speed up the recovery process by improving circulation to the problematic area. As well as improving blood flow to the targeted region, it can relax or stimulate muscles and mitigate pain. The massage is normally conducted in the following areas: back, arms, lower extremities, stomach, chest and neck. Depending on which areas are targeted this is either referred to as ‘partial’ or ‘full body’ massage. Time: 20 minutes, Doctor’s prescription required: In some locations Benefits: Therapeutic SEGMENT AND CONNECTIVE TISSUE MASSAGE This uses a very specialized massage technique, targeting the nerve connections and endings. The massage is carried out in one of four areas, the head and neck, the back, the chest or the pelvis. Using the thumb and forefinger the masseur presses firmly along short or long, direct or curved lines. This massage action is very particular and not only promotes healing in the area being massaged, but through a ‘reflex’ effect promotes healing in all of the body, this is why it is sometimes referred to as ‘reflex’ massage. In addition it has been found to be very effective in relieving stress, fatigue, sleep and digestive disorders and high blood pressure. The massage is a very sensitive body intervention that can have certain unexpected side effects such as, short breath, stomach pain, lowering of blood pressure and sudden fatigue. As a result prescription is given with care and under the guidance of a doctor. Time: 20 minutes, Doctor’s prescription required: In some locations Benefits: Therapeutic, Well Being FOOT REFLEX MASSAGE The main principal of reflexology is based on the fact that in the human body there are more than seventy thousand nerve terminals in the foot. These nerve terminals connect to internal and external organs throughout the body through energy channels. This massage specifically targets the hands and feet, stimulating the nerve endings to produce a general healing effect. In particular it has a positive ‘reflex’ effect on the blood circulatory and lymphatic systems, the immune system and regulates the functioning of the endocrine glands. The massage also has relaxing and pain-alleviation effects particularly effective for back pain and headaches. It also can help in cases of anxiety, insomnia and disorders of the digestive system. Time: 20-50 minutes, Doctor’s prescription required: No Benefits: Therapeutic, Well Being 34
  11. 11. MANUAL LYMPH DRAINAGE This is a specialized massage the aim of which is to assist the lymphatic system, particu- larly in cases where there is or has been a malfunction. The massage involves light rhythmical movements of the hand that is applied to the lymph nodes and the lymphatic system. It is this action that stimulates the lymph node activity to cleanse the body and helps the flow of lymphatic fluid to remove toxins, debris, cell waste and dead particles. The massage is usually divided into extremities of the body, each extremity generally taking half an hour to massage. Time: 20-30 minutes per extremity, Doctor’s prescription required: In some locations Benefits: Therapeutic WATER REHABILITATION Water rehabilitation, perhaps better known as ‘physiotherapy in water’ or ‘hydrokinesis- therapy’ is conducted in water at a temperature of approximately 33 °C. In most of our spas the water used will be natural thermal water and the exercises lead by a qualified physiotherapist. Because of the buoyancy, resistance and chemical effects of the water, it is very effective for persons with degenerative diseases of weight carrying joints and conditions of the spine. Water rehabilitation is either conducted in groups with guests of a similar diagnostic profile or even individually. Time: 20 minutes, Doctor’s prescription required: In some locations, Benefits: Therapeutic REHABILITATION PATH The rehabilitation path is a specially designed outdoor path, used for rehabilitation pur- poses to assist in improving the walking and balance capabilities of the body. The path consists of rails to assist as well as a series of obstacles and different natural terrains such as slopes and uneven surfaces. The class is supervised by a skilled physiotherapist, who guides and directs the client through appropriate sections of the path, the aim being to improve the nerve/muscle function abilities, general mobility and walking skills. Time: 20 minutes, Doctor’s prescription required: No, Benefits: Therapeutic ERGO-THERAPY Ergo-therapy is a specified type of rehabilitation designed to improve the functional ability of the body for day-to-day activities with the aim of improving self-reliance and independence. According to the type of condition of the client, ergo-therapy exercises mainly focus on the hands and arms, ankles, and also the neck, head, chest and spine. Sometimes the disorders are connected to problems with mental, cognitive functions and speech. In such cases it necessary for cooperation between the ergo-therapy, psychologist and speech therapist. Time: 20 minutes, Doctor’s prescription required: Yes, Benefits: Therapeutic MANIPULATION AND MOBILIZATION THERAPY This is a manual technique used for the treatment of joint ‘blocks’ that cause pain and restrict movement that may also cause reflex changes such as aches and spasms. In most cases these are in the so-called ‘joint’ sections of the spine. The purpose of the treatment is the release of the segment and the restoration of joint freedom. Firstly an overstress is given to the problem area and then the ‘block’ is released through a fast small movement with mild force. This technique is continued using short repetitive movements, starting from a marginal to neutral position, without impact but perma- nent overstress. This results in a mitigation of the ‘block’ or even in direct elimination. This manipulation has to be carried out by a doctor specially trained and licensed. Mobilization techniques on the other hand, such as slower muscle pulling and release, stretching etc are normally carried out by a qualified physiotherapist. Doctor’s prescription required: Yes, Benefits: Therapeutic TRACTION Traction therapy is a passive procedure that uses mechanical force to induce stretching of the soft tissues (muscles, ligaments, sinews, joint capsules). This pulling force during the traction treatment is constant and continuous or intermittent. In dry traction the physiotherapist can position the client (by hand, belts or sand bags) specifically to target and/or isolate the joint or part of the body that needs attention. The mechanical traction is carried out using a bed on which the angle can be adjusted and a T bar with weights to utilize the effects of gravity. In some places, the treatment is carried out on electronic traction beds. Generally, the procedure lasts 20 minutes and has to be pre- scribed by a doctor who specifies the type, intensity and location of the traction. Time: 20 minutes, Doctor’s prescription required: Yes, Benefits: Therapeutic ULTRASOUND THERAPY Ultrasound uses sound of high frequency and intensity that are converted to mechanical and heat energy. 30 % of this mechanical energy results in a type of micro-massage in the tissues of the body that are targeted, resulting in heat. The treatment is admi- nistered by placing the head of the device in continuous or pulse application into the skin that has been given a coating of paraffin oil or conductive gel. The depth of impact varies between 2-6 cm and the effect stimulates the molecules causing subsequent chemical reactions. It also improves blood circulation as well as nutrition of the tissues with an analgesic and antispastic effect. The site of application needs to be prescribed by a doctor, but it is generally an area that is in pain or in need of relief. Time: 15 minutes, Doctor’s prescription required: Yes, Benefits: Therapeutic 35
  12. 12. PHYSIOTHERAPY / cont. ANTISPASTIC KINEZITHERAPY This therapy is carried out using a special electronically controlled device. It has a special anti-spasm function and takes advan- tage of the alternating phase of muscle movements. The machine applies dynamic movement to the lower and upper limbs. In such cases of minimal muscle movement an electric motor is utilized to assist. The advantage of the device is that it can record any active movement which the person makes using their own strength, therefore progress can be monitored. The anti-spasm function works by stopping and automatically moving back, thereby resulting in dissolution of the spasm and a reduced frequency of spastic complications. The treatment results in the strengthening of muscles, better mobilization of joints and self-reliance of the guest. It is used in conjunction with ergo-therapy, the rehabili-tation path and other physiotherapy treatments. Doctor’s prescription required: Yes, Benefits: Therapeutic ELECTROTHERAPY TENS – Transcutaneous Electric Neuro Stimulation This uses the principle that pain and pain impulses in the body can be dispersed through stimulation of the nervous system by an electrical current. This electrical current is either applied in impulses in short bursts, in waves or in a continuous stream. A pad is placed upon the site of the problematic area and the current passes through the skin to the nerve. This treatment is especially effective for conditions that require the reduction of pain particularly on the back or neck, specific examples include spine diseases, headaches and post-traumatic pain. Time: 15-30 minutes, Doctor’s prescription required: Yes, Benefits: Therapeutic INTERFERENCE In this treatment different electrical pads are placed onto the body in conjunction with a small vacuum. The effect is one of a micro massage on the damaged tissue. Depending on the pre-set frequency the muscles can be stimulated to a so-called muscle gymnastic condition or alternatively produce relaxation in muscle tone to have an anal- gesic effect. The treatment has two advantages, firstly it reduces pain and secondly the micro massage improves the circulation and flow of oxygen to the tissue resulting in a healing effect. Time: 15-20 minutes, Doctor’s prescription required: Yes, Benefits: Therapeutic GALVANIC BATH Water and a gentle electrical current are the components of this treatment that is carried out in a bath at a temperature of 34 °C whilst the electricity is passed through the body. The electric current causes a tranquillizing effect in cases of nerve agitation. This makes the treatment suitable for all aching conditions of the motor organs, in particular degenerative, inflammatory arthritis and joint problems. It also has a positive effect in improving the metabolism of the tissues, the shrinking of oedemas and reducing pain and spasticity. Time: 15 minutes, Doctor’s prescription required: Yes Benefits: Therapeutic FOUR CELL GALVANIC BATH This treatment is especially beneficial for rheumatoid arthritis. The forearms and lower limbs are placed into water trays of 34 °C. Water and a gentle electrical current are the components of this treatment and the electric current is passed through these particular body parts. Because only the limbs of the body are immersed in water, the electric current in the four-cell bath can be given at a stronger intensity that the full galvanic bath (See: Galvanic Bath). The treatment also has the benefit of improving the circulation. Time: 15 minutes, Doctor’s prescription required: Yes Benefits: Therapeutic IONTOPHORESIS This is a treatment whereby medicines are absorbed into the body, through the skin by means of an electric galvanic current. This is normally recommended as a treatment in cases of arthritis and chronic inflammatory spinal problems. Time: 15 minutes, Doctor’s prescription required: Yes, Benefits: Therapeutic DIADYNAMIC STIMULUS CURRENT THERAPY This treatment uses a mixture of electric currents, (both galvanic and impulse) that have an inhibitory or facilitatory effect depending on the frequency, intensity and other parameters. The result is both pain relief and an improvement in circulation. Gene- rally the treatment is prescribed for conditions such as sprains, bruises, oedemas, joint and spine wear and disc degeneration. Time: 3-15 minutes, Doctor’s prescription required: Yes, Benefits: Therapeutic SELECTIVE STIMULUS GALVANIC CURRENT Two pads are placed at both ends of the indicated muscle. An electric current is released between the two pads. As a result it is possible to feel the muscle fibers contracting and relaxing as the treatment is in progress. The purpose of this treatment is to build strength in the muscles following an injury or operation and is an important part of a rehabilitation package. Time: 15-20 minutes, Doctor’s prescription required: Yes, Benefits: Therapeutic 36
  13. 13. MAGNETIC THERAPY This treatment is conducted in the lying position on a bed or couch, while the treated body part is exposed to magnetic field (magnetic blanket, contact treatment head or magnetic cylinder). By creating a weak pulsating magnetic field around the body, it has the effect of recharging the magnetic stimulation of the cells. This results in the normalizing of the metabolism and regeneration of cells thereby supporting the healing process. The treatment also has counter indications, such as implanted cardio stimulators, fungal diseases, tumors and pregnancy. Time: 10-30 minutes, Doctor’s prescription required: In some locations, Benefits: Therapeutic, Well Being PACKS MUD PACK In Danubius the mud used comes mainly from three famous sources: in Hungary from the famous Hévíz Thermal Lake and in Piest’any from the sediment from the river Váh by-pass on the site of the hot springs. Saturation of this mud in the thermal ˇ waters creates a unique compound inhabited by healing bacteria and sulfur that is has many chemical and biological reactions. Firstly it has excellent heating conducting features, cooling down four times slower than water and secondly when the sulfur and minerals are absorbed through the skin, to the ligaments, cartilages and sinews it inhibits the degradation of elastine and collagen. The mud is applied either by pump or hand onto the body in a 5 cm layer, with exception to the head and frontal parts of the chest and neck. Its temperature is normally between 40-45 °C. The body is then wrapped up in blankets. After 20 minutes, the mud is hosed off and a 15 minute dry wrap may be conducted. The mud pack results in a reduction of local swellings around the joints, a reduction of muscle tension and better nutrition of the cartilage, connective tissue and spinal discs. It also strengthens anti-inflammatory activity and immune processes within the body. The mud can also be applied partially (See: Local Mud Pack). In Sovata Romania, mud is used from the Bear Salt Lake (See Balneotherapy: Salt Bath). This mud is applied in the same way. The salt mud is not only effective for mobility disorders but also some skin conditions and gynecological disorders (See: Gynecologic Mud/Peat Treatment). Time: 20 minutes, Doctor’s prescription required: Yes, Benefits: Therapeutic, Well Being LOCAL MUD PACK A maximum of four local areas are permitted without a doctor’s prescription. The mud pack results in a reduction of local swellings around the joints as well as an easing of muscle tension. It also strengthens anti-inflammatory activity and immune processes within the body, improving the function the cartilage, connective tissues and spinal discs. Time: 20 minutes, Doctor’s prescription required: In some locations Benefits: Therapeutic, Well Being PARAFFIN PACK Paraffin packs take advantage of the heat conducting effectiveness of paraffin as it hardens at a temperature of approximately 55 °C. There are several different types of application methods, such as soaking a part of the body in paraffin, brushing paraffin onto parts of the body in layers or applying a thin sheet of paraffin onto the problematic area. The local application of the heat relaxes the muscles, causing spasm release, easing chronic pain and supports the healing and nutrition of the tissues. It also has sedative and immune biological features. Time: 20 minutes, Doctor’s prescription required: In some locations Benefits: Therapeutic PARAFANGO PACK Parafango is a combination of dry mud, usually used from a local source as in Piest’any ˇ and pure hard paraffin and paraffin oil. The mixture is melted and heated in a special unit, then applied to the problematic area of the body in a layer 1 cm thick, just as it begins to harden at a temperature of between 50-55 °C. The intensity of the heat is slightly lower than pure paraffin making it a more patient-friendly treatment. The local application of the heat relaxes the muscles, causing spasm release, easing chronic pain and supports the healing and nutrition of the tissues. It also has sedative and immune biological features. Time: 20 minutes, Doctor’s prescription required: In some locations Benefits: Therapeutic PRIESSNITZ’S PACKS Priessnitz’s packs consist of a cold, wet compress, usually fabric that has been soaked in cold water. This compress is then covered with foil and then replaced with a dry, warm, wool pack. During the first 5 to 10 minutes there is an isothermal phase with vasoconstriction, this is followed by an isothermal phase for 20 minutes where there is a switch from vasoconstriction to vasodilation. Finally for the next 20 minutes there is ongoing local vasodilation and hyperaemia – the hyperthermal phase. The treatment is normally given in cases on joint problems, pain and for relaxation of muscles. It also can be applied to the chest as a treatment for pharyngitis or coughing. Time: 60 minutes, Doctor’s prescription required: Yes, Benefits: Therapeutic 37
  14. 14. PACKS / cont. PEAT PACKS In our locations where there is no natural thermal mud, for example in Marienbad, peat is used as an alternative. The procedure is similar to the mud pack (See: Mud Pack) in that the peat is applied to the body at a temperature of between 40-45 °C and wrapped either partially or fully onto the body with blankets for a period of 20 minutes. The peat is then hosed off and the treatment may then be completed with a dry wrap (See Other: Dry Wrap). The heat from the peat improves the blood circulation rate and local metabolism, softening the muscles/connective tissues and having an anti- inflammatory effect. Time: 20 minutes, Doctor’s prescription required: Yes, Benefits: Therapeutic GYNECOLOGIC MUD/PEAT TREATMENT Peat is used in Marienbad, and mud from the salt lake in Sovata for gynecologic treatments. The peat and mud act as a form of localized heat therapy and are applied in the form of a tampon. Not only is the treatment effective for inflammatory conditions and rehabilitation after gynecological operations, but is prescribed as a treatment for menstruation and climax disorders. The salt mud from Sovata is renowned for treatment successfully both primary and secondary infertility, especially hypoplasia uteri as well as sterility caused by ovarian insufficiency and the occlusion of the oviduct. Time: 20-60 minutes, Doctor’s prescription required: Yes, Benefits: Therapeutic SPECIAL CREAM PACKS A variety of special cream packs are on offer for inflammatory and painful conditions. Generally the affected body part is smeared with the cream, which is covered with a special foil and kept warm with a blanket. These creams include Inno-reuma, Antiphlogistin and sulfur that have a cold effect when wrapped onto the skin. They also have an effective anti-inflammatory and pain relief result. Likewise the Ritex pack achieves the same effect, but has a hot sensation when applied to the skin, which in addition helps blood circulation to the area. Doctor’s prescription required: Yes, Benefits: Therapeutic INHALATION SALT INHALATION The salt pulverized in mineral water or medicinal water is inhaled through a tube into the mouth. In Sovata Romania, natural salt water is used. During the inhalation process tiny salt particles are inhaled into the respiratory system and lungs. Since salt has an anti-bacterial effect the salt particles help dissolve mucous and has a cleansing reac- tion in the respiratory system. Of course since salt is a natural substance this treat- ment is entirely based on natural resources. It is effective in the treatment of chronic respiratory conditions, allergies or the aftereffects of a cold or respiratory infection. Time: 10-20 minutes, Doctor’s prescription required: In some locations Benefits: Therapeutic INHALATION Inhalation with medicine has the same effect and uses the same principles as salt inhalation or thermal water inhalation (See: Salt Inhalation), but has a stronger effect. A combination of water, sometimes mineral water and medicines are inhaled through a tube. During this inhalation process the medicine is inhaled directly into the respiratory system and lungs where it helps to dissolve mucous and has a cleansing reaction. It is effective in the treatment of chronic respiratory conditions, allergies or the aftereffects of a cold or respiratory infection. Time: 10-20 minutes, Doctor’s prescription required: In some locations Benefits: Therapeutic OXYGEN INHALATION The oxygen is inhaled through an intranasal tube into the nose, whilst you lie comfortably in a reclining chair. The air being inhaled is enriched with about 40-60 % oxygen at a reason- able humidity level. A long term supply of oxygen into the body enhances the immune system, improves heart activity and elasticity of the lungs, helps the condition and effici- ency of the mind and is excellent for all round health. Sometimes a vitamin drink is also offered as part of the treatment. Time: 50-60 minutes, Doctor’s prescription required: No Benefits: Therapeutic, Well Being SALT CAVE (ARTIFICIAL SALT CAVE) The salt cave is a room constructed from real salt and depending on the location this salt can be imported from several different sources. The room is designed to be relaxing and atmospheric. During the treatment you lie comfortably in a chair relaxing whilst breathing in this special salty air. In the process tiny salt particles are inhaled into the respiratory system and lungs. Since salt has an anti-bacterial effect the salt particles help dissolve mucous and have a cleansing reaction in the respiratory system. It is effective in the treatment of chronic respiratory conditions, or the aftereffects of a cold or respiratory infection. Because the body is in a totally relaxed position, the inhalation process is more effective, and it combines improved respiratory function with stress reduction. In some locations this treatment is followed by a thermal bath (See Balneotherapy: Thermal Bath). Time: 60 minutes, Doctor’s prescription required: No, Benefits: Therapeutic, Well Being 38

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