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Mineral water and natural gas
Mineral water and natural gas
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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 drinking on an empty stomach increases the efficiency and effect of the mineral substances and their absorption into the body. Each particular fountain in our different spa resorts in Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia has its own unique benefits and advantages. Instructions on how to take full advantage of this natural resource can be found in the spa. In general, it is advised to drink between 1-2 decilitres before meals. Our Health Spa Resort of Marienbad was built around the healing effects of its medicinal drinking springs, world famous for its 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 can best benefit your health condition. In Marienbad, you will normally be prescribed to drink between 1-2 litres per day.
This is a signature treatment, exclusively provided in the spa resort of Marienbad using the natural local mineral waters with natural CO2 gas that seeps out from the ground. The mineral water with the CO2 gas is heated to a temperature of between 32-34 °C and flows into an individual bathtub The CO2 gas fizzes onto the skin, producing a relaxing, tickling sensation. The carbon dioxide is absorbed through the skin into the body, where it 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. The bath is followed by a relaxing dry wrap, to ensure maximum benefit from the treatment.
This is a signature treatment, exclusively provided in the spa resort of Marienbad using the natural local mineral waters with natural CO2 gas that seeps out from the ground. The mineral water with the CO2 gas is heated to a temperature of between 32-34 °C and flows into an individual bathtub. The CO2 gas fizzes onto the skin, producing a relaxing, tickling sensation. The carbon dioxide is absorbed through the skin into the body, where it 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 help reduce 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. The bath is followed by a relaxing dry wrap, to ensure maximum benefit from the treatment. In this particular treatment Peat extract is added directly into the water according to the supplier or a doctor’s recommendations .The bath improves the blood circulation and the function of the heart, reduces muscle tension, decreases stress, strengthens anti-inflammatory activity and immune processes and at the same time lets the body absorb the beneficial substances from the peat.
This is a signature treatment, exclusively provided in the spa resort of Marienbad using the natural local mineral waters with natural CO2 gas that seeps out from the ground. This is an excellent treatment for children and is prescribed by the doctor, the temperature and level of the water level taking into account their age and height. The mineral water with the CO2 gas is heated to a temperature of between 32-34 °C and flows into an individual bathtub The CO2 gas fizzes onto the skin, producing a relaxing, tickling sensation. The carbon dioxide is absorbed through the skin into the body, where it 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. The bath is followed by a relaxing dry wrap, to ensure maximum benefit from the treatment
This is another signature treatment of the spa resort of Marienbad, where the gas that bubbles naturally out of the ground – ‘Maria’s gas’ – is used in the treatment. This gas is of volcanic origin and contains 99.7% CO2. In our other resorts, regular commercial CO2 gas (the same as in the food industry) is used. During the treatment, you lie comfortably and fully clothed 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, and 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 improving of sexual functions and relieving menopausal symptoms in women.
Specific to the spa resort of Marienbad, these injections are an application of the famous CO2 ‘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.
Medical check up
Medical check up
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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 your health complaints, health history, that the treatments prescribed are safe and effective. If necessary the doctor may prescribe additional examinations and/or laboratory tests.
Our clasical spa stay for children is offered to children from 6 years old. The preventive spa programe is offered to children from 4 years old. If you are staying with us on preventive or comprehensive medical spa stays for children, you and your child will, upon arrival, be booked in for a check up with our pediatrics doctor. The aim of this initial medical examination is to check the health condition and carry out an anamnesis of your child, then to prescribe suitable and effective treatments. According to the treatment plan and the health condition of your child our doctor may prescribe additional examinations and/or laboratory tests.
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.
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.
At the end of you and your child’s stay our pediatric doctor will conduct a final consultation to ensure that the treatments prescribed have gone according to plan. This is also an opportunity for the pediatrics doctor to give you for your child the necessary medical and lifestyle advice to help continue the improvement in her/his health once you leave.
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 important 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.
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‘Scottish spray’ is a stimulating and extremely vigorous treatment. Whilst standing in a swimsuit or naked, a pressurised jet of water (3 atm) is applied from a distance of 3-4 metres. For the first 30 seconds, the temperature is set at 38-42°C, followed by a spray at 16-18°C for 5-10 seconds. This procedure is repeated several times, first around 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 one with a rejuvenated feeling.
List of Hydrotherapy (4 items)
The treatment is given in a bath at a temperature of 35-37°C. A powerful, pressurised (0.5 – 2.0 atm) jet of water is released through a hose underwater 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 on 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 is also probably one of the most effective spa treatments for relaxation available.
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 that has been heated to a temperature of between 32-34°C is used. Small ‘fizzy’ bubbles of air are then pumped into this. The treatment lasts between 10- 20 minutes, during which you lie relaxed as small air bubbles gently caress and coat the skin. The treatment is ideal for general relaxation, as there is a pleasant soothing feeling of general tickling caused by the bubbles. The treatment in some of our spa locations is followed by a full body 15-minute dry wrap (See Other: Dry Wrap).
The individual bubble bath with additives 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 difference here is that herbal extracts or oils are added to the water. The herbal extracts used include: Nettle, which softens the skin and can help eczema conditions, Camomile, that is anti-inflammatory and speeds up the healing of wounds, Horsetail Plant, for backaches and aching joints and Tannin combined with Oak Bark to smooth skin irritations. 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).
The individual bubble bath with peat extract 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 15 to 20 minutes during which you lie relaxing as small air bubbles relaxingly caress and coat the skin. The difference here is that peat extracts are added to the water. Peat extracts help to relieve muscle overload combat the degenerative process of the musculoskeletal system, and are effective for back pain, joints, spine and muscles. They also have a positive effect on metabolic disorders, obesity and cellulitis. In addition they help detoxify the body, improve overall condition and stamina, reduce stress,the natural substances also have cosmetic effect. The treatment is ideal for general relaxation as there is a pleasant soothing feeling 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).
List of Physiotherapy (10 items)
Therapeutic exercise is a crucial part of the recovery process and instrumental to any rehabilitation program. This therapy is led 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 conditions of the brain and exercise for cardiac patients. The therapy uses exercises designed to relax overloaded muscles, strengthen weak muscle groups, improve joint, spinal and pelvic mobilisation,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.
A qualified physiotherapist conducts all individual therapeutic exercise sessions as prescribed by a doctor. These classes are designed to maintain or restore physical mobility as well as develop functional capabilities. The therapy includes active and passive movements as well as mobilisation and manipulation. Other methods may include visualisation, 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.
Performed by qualified masseurs, the medical massage, sometimes referred to as the ‘classical’ massage, uses a variety of techniques during treatment. The massage generally targets areas where secondary changes have occurred as a result of 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 a ‘partial’ or ‘full body’ massage.
After the doctor’s examination and diagnosis, a specific area of the body is prescribed for massage. The aim is to stimulate blood circulation in this specific area, release muscle tension and improve the mobility of the connective tissue and joint.
This uses a very specialised massage technique, targeting 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 it promotes healing in the entire body, which is why it is sometimes referred to as a ‘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, the lowering of blood pressure and sudden fatigue. As a result, prescription is given with care and under the guidance of a doctor.
The main principal of reflexology is based on the fact that in the human body there are more than 70,000 nerve endings located in the foot. These nerve endings 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 can also help with cases of anxiety, insomnia and digestive system disorders.
Water rehabilitation, perhaps better known as ‘physiotherapy in water’ or ‘hydrokinesistherapy’ 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 in addition to post operative rehabilitation. Water rehabilitation is either conducted in groups with guests of a similar diagnostic profile or even individually.
Ultrasound uses sounds 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 generation. The treatment is administered by placing the head of the device in continuous or pulse application into the skin, which 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.
Our ‘back school’ helps many people to be able to move without pain and is a key part of reconvalescence. Nowadays some exercise theories are considered out-dated. According to the latest research there are no correct or incorrect movements, only movements according to the moment and body strength – comfortable, uncomfortable, convenient or inconvenient. This program included in the back school teaches exercises aimed at strengthening all kinds of muscles cruicial in supporting correct body posture. In particular the stomach, thigh and back muscles.
This pressure machine massages the upper or lower limbs or abdomen area, buttocks and thighs. Following the treatment for health reasons it is recommended to wear a compressive stocking or elastic bandage. The whole procedure lasts 40 – 60 minutes. This treatment, in addition for the treatment of oedemas and swellings has an anti-cellulite effect and boosts the metabolism.
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In this treatment, different electrical pads at a medium frequency are placed onto the body together 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 the muscle tone to have an analgesic 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.
This treatment uses a mixture of electric currents, (both galvanic and impulse), which 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. In general, the treatment is prescribed for conditions such as sprains, bruises, oedemas, joint and spine deterioration and disc degeneration.
This treatment is conducted while lying down on a bed or couch, while the treated body part is exposed to an artificial 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 normalising the metabolism and regeneration of cells, thereby supporting the healing process. The treatment also has contraindications, such as implanted cardio stimulators (pacemakers), fungal diseases, tumours and pregnancy.
The high frequency waves emitted by the device are converted into heat in the body. They warm the affected tissue, and improve circulation and blood flow to the tissue. The treatment reduces inflammation, increases hyperaemia, and has a regenerating effect, which beneficially relieves the uncomfortable symptoms associated with inflammation. In all cases, we offer this treatment to our guests according to doctor's prescription.
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In our locations where there no natural thermal mud exists, such as 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 completely 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.
Lavatherm is a heat treatment where a local warm appliance is applied onto a section of the body. The lavatherm pack is specially designed to retain heat and is warmed in water, the heat retained by a chemical reaction inside the cover. The pack is placed onto the indicated section of the body, helping to relieve pain and stimulate healing.
Paraffin packs take advantage of the heat conduction 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, causes spasm release, eases chronic pain and supports the healing and nutrition of the tissues. It also has sedative and immune biological features.The treatment in some of our spa locations is followed by dry wrap , immediately after the application of paraffin, which increases the effect and comfort of the whole treatment
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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 medicine, 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 after-effects of a cold or respiratory infection.
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 reasonable level of humidity. An increased supply of oxygen into the body enhances the immune system, improves heart activity and the elasticity of the lungs, helps the condition and efficiency of the mind and is excellent for overall health. Sometimes a vitamin drink is also offered as part of the treatment.
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Acupuncture is a Chinese therapy that has been used for centuries. It is based on the theory that there is energy called either Chi or Qi flowing through one's body. Chi is thought to flow along energy pathways called meridians. Acupuncturists believe that a blocking or imbalance of the flow of Chi at any point on a pathway may result in illness. Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners believe acupuncture unblocks and rebalances the flow of Chi to restore health. People often use acupuncture to ease pain, which is done by putting very thin needles into the skin at certain points in the body. Acupuncture is particularly effective for headaches, joint pain and allergies such as asthma.
Gerovital is an regenerative treatment administered by a series of injections. The treatment claims to slow down the ageing processes, boost revitalization and improve concentration and memory.
Counterindication: over sensitivity to procaine.
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The Bioptron lamp is a form of curative bio-stimulating light using polarized light generated with a halogen lamp. Light polarization assists with the stimulation of living tissue and supports cell development when there is contact between the light and the tissue. The light is applied locally, after the skin surface has been fully cleaned and degreased, and has the effect of slowing down degenerative cell processes and accelerating the healing of wounds, skin grafts and scars. Since the treatment targets local circulation, it can also be used for relieving inflammation in the ears, nose and other cavities, as well as relieving pain.
Using the same rays that are contained in sunlight, the body is exposed either partially or fully. U.V. rays can be used for different medical effects. Applied with care, U.V. light can improve the body’s immune system, muscle performance and the formation of red blood cells. U.V. light is also used in the treatment of many skin disorders, such as psoriasis and eczema, particularly in our health spa in Smrdáky, Slovakia, which specializes in treating conditions of this type.
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