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Balneotherapy, Hydrotherapy

Scottish Sprays

What are Scottish sprays

Scottish sprays are a traditional therapeutic procedure based on water sprays of alternating temperatures. It 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 metres. For the first 30 seconds, the temperature is set at 38-42°C, followed by a spray at 25-16°C for 5-10 seconds. This procedure is repeated 6 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. The patients then dry themselves and should go for a vigorous walk outdoors for 20-30 minutes. The hot and cold water temperatures may be changed (usually decreased) in following sessions according to the patient’s reactions and condition.

How Scottish sprays help

The fast alternation of hot and cold water sprays stimulates the autonomous nerve system which regulates all basic body functions (breathing, blood and lymph circulation, immunity, metabolism) and leaves one with a rejuvenated feeling. It also helps to relax stiff muscles and joints.

More information about treatment including indications and contraindications

Advisable for:

Psychosomatic diseases, immune disorders, climacteric syndrome, stress, fatigue, some neurological diseases, obesity, metabolic syndrome, enhancing general health condition, physical and mental hardening

Not advisable for:

Neurasthenia, mental instability, infectious diseases, fever, acute inflammation, untreated or uncontrolled hypertension, epilepsy, acute thrombosis, phlebitis, leg ulcers and other skin defects, incontinence, pregnancy, unstable diabetes, psychosis, alcohol or drug abuse, malignant tumours and blood disorders.


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