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 beautiful colonnades 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.

Marianske Lazne
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 Prices:
Colon Hydrotherapy
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


Drinking Cures
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.

Relaxation Exercises
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

Inhalations

Inhalations 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
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.


Hydrotherapy
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.

Underwater Massage
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.

Mud Packs
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.

Electrotherapy
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.

Carbonated Baths
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 Injections
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.

Paraffin Therapy
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 peel away