Hydrosophy & Hydrotherapeutics [Hydrotherapeutician™]

 This course requires an enrolment key



hydro- [before vowels hydr-, word-forming element meaning "water," from Greek hydro-]
+ sophia "knowledge, wisdom," from sophis "wise, learned;" of unknown origin.

There are some basic things we as living beings need to know--we all need water to survive. That's of primary importance as humans, but many do not always recognize that. The water we get from the tap, in adulterated drinks such as sodas, tea and coffee, and sports drinks, is not adequate and can be quite toxic. Neither is distilled water or that obtained by reverse osmosis. There are other nutrients and antioxidants in natural waters that are necessary for our health.

The amount of water on Earth is always the same. Every drop we drink has been in a continuous 'water cycle' for billions of years. This means that when you drink a glass of water, dinosaurs or your next door neighbour could have drunk it before you! The water cycle simply recycles water over and over again.

  • 97% of the world's water is salty sea water
  • 2% is frozen in the polar ice caps
  • 1% is fresh water for us to use or abuse

We tap into this natural cycle, storing water in reservoirs, lakes and rivers, cleaning it before and after use and then returning it to the toilets, drain pipes, septic tanks, and little to the rivers and seas.

The basic wisdom is that water in the body fluids and inside our cells are not just a solvent, but also a gas, an energy carrier, as well as a necessary nutrient and antioxidant. Water has a high specific heat and conveys the hard electrons of science. All of medical wisdom should start with this paradigm, the uniqueness and importance of water as nutrient, antioxidant, and medicine par excellance. A reformation in medical education is in order. That is the purpose of this course. If you do not have your water wisdom in order, you have not even touched nature's greatest healing agent, nor grasped the fundamental of natural medicine and healing.

The top wisdom is that water also conveys soft electrons of aether, and goes by various classifications and applications such as spa therapy, homeopathy, chromotherapy, gem elixirs, various alchemical concoctions, and holy water. These aspects too will be introduced in this course.


Hydrotherapy, formerly called hydropathy involves the use of water for rejuvenation, pain-relief and treating illness. The term hydrotherapy itself is synonymous with the term water cure as it was originally practiced by monks and innovators in the 1800s. In the 19th century, a popular revival followed the application of hydrotherapy around 1829, by Priessnitz, a peasant farmer in Gräfenberg, then part of the Austrian Empire. This revival was continued by a Bavarian priest, Sebastian Kneipp (1821–1897), "an able and enthusiastic follower" of Priessnitz, "whose work he took up where Priessnitz left it", after he read a treatise on the cold water cure. In Wörishofen (south Germany), Kneipp developed the systematic and controlled application of hydrotherapy for the support of medical treatment that was delivered only by doctors at that time. Kneipp's own book My Water Cure was published in 1886 with many subsequent editions, and translated into many languages. Kneipp's teachings would influence dramatically, Benjamin Lust, the founder of Naturopathy in the US. A hydrotherapuetician is thus someone who practices hydrotherapy and hydropathy, but goes much deeper than that.

Hydrotherapy in general encompases a wide range of approaches and their definitions. These range from underwater massage and mineral baths, e.g. balneotherapy, Iodine-Grine therapy, Kneipp treatments, Scotch hose, Swiss shower, thalassotherapy, compress and packs, douches, and so many others. It also can mean a whirlpool bath, hot Roman bath, hot tub, Jacuzzi, cold plunge and mineral bath. These treatments use physical water properties, such as temperature and pressure, for therapeutic purposes, to stimulate blood circulation and treat the symptoms of certain diseases.

Various forms of hydrotherapy have been recorded in ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman civilizations. Egyptian royalty bathed with essential oils and flowers, while Romans had communal public baths for their citizens. Hippocrates prescribed bathing in spring water for sickness. Other cultures noted for a long history of hydrotherapy include China and Japan, this latter being centered primarily around Japanese hot springs, or (onsen). Many such histories predate the Roman thermae.

The early German belief that water (called heilawac or heilwag) drawn at certain holy seasons possesses curative powers (a belief which can be traced back to early Teutonic and Christian ideas), is paralleled by the Jewish notion that at the termination of the Sabbath Miriam's well, to which a Midrashic legend ascribes miraculous medicinal virtues, moves about from river to river and from well to well. It was therefore recommended that water be drawn at this time, "and everyone who is ill, and is fortunate enough to get some of that healing water and drink it, even though his body be wholly broken out with sores, will be immediately cured." The admonition that one must be silent while fetching this water is found in both the Jewish and German sources.

Religion explains the healing miracles by saying that God or a Saint or other Superhuman Being performs the miracle of instant healing, but, as in the case of fire-walking and seeing the future (and changing it), only the kahunas of Hawaii have offered detailed explanations of how such things are accomplished. Our one and only hope of learning to get miracles performed by the Higher Beings, as a matter of daily occurrence, in any place, lies in close study and understanding of the beliefs and practices of the kahunas. For instance, the water used in religious ceremonies to "wash away sins" is something tangible, and therefore impressive to the low self. The kahunas have used water in ceremonial washing of the patient while giving the spoken suggestion that all sins are being washed away. They have used many other physical stimuli—for perhaps ten thousand years.

According to the early Hermetists, disease could be prevented or successfully combated in seven ways. First, by spells and invocations, in which the physician ordered the evil spirit causing the disease to depart from the patient. This procedure was based on the Biblical account of the man possessed of devils whom Jesus healed by commanding the devils to leave the man and enter into a herd of swine. The second method of healing was by vibration. The inharmonies of the bodies were neutralized by chanting spells and intoning the sacred names or by playing upon musical instruments and singing. Sometimes articles of various colors were exposed to the sight of the sick, for the ancients recognized, at least in part, the principle of color therapeutics, now in the process of rediscovery. Paracelsus used all seven methods of treatment, and even his worst enemies admitted that he accomplished results almost miraculous in character. Near his old estate in Hohenheim, the dew falls very heavily at certain seasons of the year, and Paracelsus discovered that by gathering the dew under certain configurations of the planets he obtained a water possessing marvelous medicinal virtue, for it had absorbed the properties of the heavenly bodies.

In certain parts of the earth it was maintained that there were natural wells, springs, or fountains, in which the water (because of the minerals through which it coursed) was tinctured with sacred properties. Temples were often built near these spots, and in some cases natural caves which chanced to be in the vicinity were sanctified to some deity. After an apparent oblivion during the Middle Ages, hydrotherapy was rediscovered during the 18th and 19th centuries by people such as J.S.Hahn, MD, (1696–1773), Vincent Priessnitz (1799–1851), Professor E.F.C. Oertel (1764–1850), and J.H. Rausse (1805–1848).

One of the secrets to Hydrotherapy lies in the water itself, its source, and peculiar thermal emissions in the infra-red range. Water also absorbs energy from the locale where it is found, having peculiar vibrations, either rejuvenating or toxic. The addition of flowers and essential oils complements its therapeutic dynamic.

This course requires an enrolment key