General Information on the Czech Spas
Treatment Types West Bohemian Spas Marianske Lazne
The most famous spa resorts of the Czech
Republic are located at approximately 2 hours from Prague airport. The characteristic feature of West Bohemian spas is their world of
with their own order, rhythm and atmosphere. The Czech spas are a little bit nostalgic
reminding us of a golden age when the towns were frequently visited retreats
of royalty and important people of the empire and other parts of Europe.
More quiet and less crowded than Karlovy Vary, Marinaske Lasne is a
protected nature area. The local mineral springs located in the forest
surrounding the town have been known since the 16ht century. But it was not
until the 19th century that the spa town began to flourish when the spa section
of the town was modeled after an English park blending smoothly with the
surrounding landscape. Marianske lazne (Marienbad was also popular
by former notables like Goethe, Chopin, Wagner, Ibsen, Nietzsche, Liszt,
Strauss, Kafka and the English King Edward VII.
The local predominantly cold mineral springs, the most popular of which
are the Cross, Rudolph, Ferdinand and the Ambrosius Springs are mostly used for
treating metabolic disorders, diseases of the respiratory and urinary organs and
also to a lesser degree, disorders of the nervous and loco motor systems.
Maranske Lazne Spas Specialize in Disorders of
the Kidneys and of the Urinary Tract
Chronic inflammations, conditions following operations of kidney and urinary
stones or crushing them with shockwaves, kidney and urinary tract post-operation
conditions, prostate disorders (inflammations, post-operation conditions).
The town is famous for its "Singing Fountain" an artificial
geyser producing interesting musical and lighting effects.
Type of Treatments included in Daily Spa
During this procedure, irrigation of the large intestine and the removal of
deposits from the intestine mucosa is done by a special apparatus /colon-hydromat/,
water and belly massage. It is recommended to eat light pulpy meals, fruit and
vegetables and to drink plenty of liquid, one day before the procedure.
Indication: chronic constipation, digestive disorders,
flatulence, tiredness, headaches, precaution of large intestine tumours,
allergic diseases and immunity disorders /eczema, nettle rash/, obesity
Counterindication: acute inflammation of large
intestine especially with the formation of ulcers, tumours, congenital defects
intestine and intestine narrowing, pregnancy, cardiac decompensation
A drinking cure is important and, for kidney and urinary tract diseases, the
main part of a spa treatment. The principal of a drinking cure consists of
drinking 1 – 3 times per day, a certain amount of mineral water according to the
medical prescription. A recommended amount is 1.5 – 2 l per day. The drinking
cure affects the organism by temperature, chemical composition and the volume.
It influences urine composition by inducing a water diuresis, it stimulates the
kidneys into faster activity and positively affects intestine peristalsis.
Drinking mineral springs before eating increases the efficiency and enables
better absorption of mineral substances. An important element of a drinking cure
is to establish the correct drinking regime. Within a calm atmosphere of the
spas, the fluids intake is unforced and the habit can even be transferred home.
This uses yoga elements for releasing muscle and psychic tension, inducing
balance in the area of autonomic nervous system, to influence disturbed
functions of inner organs. It is possible to combine it with aroma-therapy.
Indication: conditions of exhaustion and over
irritability, sleep disorders, functional disorders of the stomach, intestines,
hypertension, menopausal syndrome, stomach ulcers, increased irritability of the
urinary bladder, asthma bronchiole, some forms of eczema and dermatitis
Mineral water used for inhalations, improves the
mucosa function of the respiratory system, produces anti-inflammatory effects,
liquefies mucus and make expectoration easier. Medicines may be added to the
mineral water to relive severe dyspnoea; in addition, natural salts and herbal
extracts may be added to treat catarrhs in the upper air passages.
Infra-sauna serves for warming the body with infrared radiation to a depth
of 4 cm. It uses the effect of warm and dry air at a temperature 45°C, within
the enclosed area of the sauna. A thermal regulating mechanism is applied in
a form of perspiration, it improves the blood circulation in the skin and
muscles and connective tissues are warmed up and loosened. The recommended
length of time is 20 - 30 minutes for an adult, but it is always regulated by
the subjective feelings of a client. The infra-sauna is used for inducing the
overall release, relaxation, for relaxation after muscle strain, with muscle
rheumatism, pain in joints and spine or for warming up and muscle relaxation
before a classical massage. Half an hour before and after the sauna, it is
recommended to drink a glass of still or mineral water. The procedure is not
suitable during acute illnesses, further for cardiac patients, oncological
patient and patients with epilepsy and with bleeding.
In the case of any health problems, please consult your doctor, who will
recommend you suitable procedures.
Six types of hydrotherapy are applied, in accordance with the patient´s
condition of health. Rehabilitation pool is included in each of them. Leave your
clothes in the cloak room and take a shower. You will then go through individual
steps of the prescribed therapy instructed by the bath attendant. After all
parts of treatment are completed, a 30-minute rest is recommended, preferrably
in the rooms with relaxing music. Hydrotherapy is rather a demanding treatment,
in terms of both time and physical strain. Be sure to have sufficient time
reserved in your schedule.
It is one of the most efficient types of massage as it is performed by means of
a water jet at a pressure of 0.5 to 2 atm. Duration 5 to 20 minutes. Lie down in a
special bath-tub, relax all your body. The massage should not be painful, if it
is, tell the staff attending you and your physician.
It is a specific type of thermotherapy, performed by applying the mud straight
on the determined part of body in a layer 3 to 5 cm thick. Temperature of the mud
is 38 to 45°C. Duration 15 to 30 minutes, according to the physician´s
prescription. The mud wrap consists of three layers. Should the wrap be
producing subjectively unpleasant sensations, ask for a heart cooler and notify
your physician. A minimum of 30-minute rest is recommended after the exercise.
The treatment is demanding, please, respect your phycision´s decision and your
prescription. After the treatment is completed, take a substantial shower,
assisted by the bath attendant, to avoid soiling of your clothes. If prescribed,
the mud wrap is followed with a massage.
Types used: Interference currents Diadynamic currents Ultrasound Diathermy
Hydrogalvanic effect The period of application varies in accordance with the
physician´s order, intensity should conform to the patient´s sensitivity.
Please, be careful about 4-chamber bath. Do not step out after the treatment is
completed, wait to get the assistance of a nurse.
Duration of the bath is 10 - 20 min, according to the physician´s prescription.
Temperature is 32 - 34°C. When lying in the bath-tub, rest still with your head
slightly tilted back to avoid any sudden breath-in of the carbon dioxide. Rest
in a wrap after the bath.
Gas from local natural reserves is applied hypodermically after being screened
trough special filters. Injections are administered by a nurse, the dosage is 20
– 50 ml per one injection. Maximum dose is 200 ml per 1 session, frequency 3 x a
week. The area of injection is puffy for about one hour and you would feel
cracking when touching it. It is caused by gradual absorption of the gas. Rest
is not needed; on the contrary, movement will speed the absorption up.
Disposable hypodermic syringes/needles are used.
White paraffin with some paraffin oil added is applied at a temperature of 50 to
52°C. Hands may be dipped directly into the bowl, about 3 to 5 times, to get a
smooth layer on them. On other parts, the paraffin is applied with a brush.
Duration 20 minutes. Removal of paraffin is very simple, paraffin is easy to