Vincenz Priessnitz (1799 - 1851) has become in late 2014 with his timeless hydropathy on a prestigious list of nonmaterial heritage of the Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia. The list now has twelve national “treasures”. The notion to add Vincent Priessnitz and his traditional healing procedures to the list, has been proposed by the Olomouc region, from where this prominent man also came from.
Vincenz Priessnitz is considered to be a founder of the first hydrotherapeutic spa in the world, and his treatment methods became the building blocks for a modern hydrotherapy and natural medicine. Among the most famous ones is the Priessnitz’s compress, which serves as a very effective technique for a local blood supply during tonsillitis, high temperature, dry coughing or for relaxation of the muscles.
Already as a small boy, Vincenz Priessnitz learned that a living creature needs for life elements such as the sun, air, water and plenty of movement. Sunlight, pure spring water, fresh air, staying in nature, strict regimen and simple diet are the most important elements for maintaining health. Vincenz Priessnitz began his hydropathic activity at the age of 18. The basis of his later healing methods has been the use of spring water in various temperatures and forms. Priessnitz's methods consist of using cold water for bathing, washing and compresses. Vincenz Priessnitz was the first one after several centuries who led out the sick from a dark room back out to the fresh air and sun. By using water, movement and adjusting the lifestyle, he brought man again back to nature and gave him back the most precious thing - the new joy from life.
Author: FYZIOklinika physiotherapy Ltd., Prague, Czech Republic