Compresses, footbaths and nutritional baths were encouraged by Rudolf Steiner to support healthy child development, as well as to prevent and treat illness at any age. Plants and other natural remedies are applied over the skin to specific organs and body parts to bring balance and harmony through the body’s own healing capacity.
Used with understanding and regularity they are the basis of home healthcare for those who wish to care for themselves and their family with anthroposophic therapies. They are also administered professionally as a therapy for a wide range of conditions.
The skin is the largest organ of the body and connected closely with fine nerve endings that carry messages to the central nervous system.
Simple but powerful, these applications are used for such things as:
- Fever, coughs and colds
- Bloating and constipation
- Insomnia, anxiety, panic attacks and general tension
- Difficulty waking and lethargy
- Sensory processing disturbances
- Detoxification and rehabilitation
Provided regularly they help to balance the way we experience and react to the environment and other people. This includes from the way foods effect us through to stress caused by the pressure of work, school and relationships. Click here to link a document by 'Developing the Self Developing the World' that introduces using these therapeutic applications for the care and development of the senses.
The treatments have been described as bringing about "tangible" changes that the patient feels themselves do out of their own healing capacity rather than by a practitioner or a medication.
Appointments are available for those who wish to experience the treatments so as to become confident in applying them at home, and also available as a prescribed therapy set in the clinic to treat specific conditions.
Therapeutic Baths to support rehabilitation and encourage warmth distribution.
Wrapped up and resting after a bath and compress
Foot massage after a footbath
Resting in a footbath