Could something as simple as treading in cold water be good for your health? It seems it can. This is a classic Kneipp water cure that is easy enough to perform at home. We covered the Cold Arm Bath. Water Treading, requires very little equipment other than a large tub or normal bath. If you are lucky enough to live near the beach or a stream, you don’t even need any equipment.
Water Treading is great for insomniacs to do before bedtime to ensure a good night’s sleep. It promotes relaxation and lowers blood pressure. It also strengthens the immune system, boosts metabolism and relieves headaches.
Water treading in cold water refreshes tired legs and because it promotes venous backflow and tones blood vessels, can help with varicose veins. Oddly enough, walking in cold water can help reverse cold feet because of the increase in circulation. When the skin comes into contact with cold water, the capillaries contract, forcing blood away from the surface to the core. After a minute or so, the capillaries relax and blood rushes back to the surface. You can see the change in color from blanched to red as blood moves back and forth.
What you do:
If using a tub or bath, fill it with cold water to ankle or mid-calf height.
Starting with warm feet, step into the tub or sea, clothed except for the lower part of the legs.
Lift one leg right out of the water, like a stork, and then put it down. Lift the other leg up and down and continue walking on the spot for one to two minutes. You can start with 30 seconds and work up to two minutes.
Put on dry socks immediately and move about to get warm.
If cold water is too shocking, start with lukewarm water and gradually make it colder.