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We greatly improve the quality of life of our guests with our extensive range of services in order to rebalance and sustainably strengthen your health.

In our Vivea health hotel in Bad Schönau Zur Quelle we have doctors, masseurs, physiotherapists, dieticians and psychologists working side by side. They share valuable experiences on a daily basis and support our guests as a team.

Our guests reap the benefits of soothing treatments in order to bring the harmony of body, mind and soul into balance.

Our specialisms

  • musculoskeletal system
  • improving complexion
  • vessel and cardiovascular system health
  • increasing physical performance

TsunaMED® vital-field analysis

TsunaMED® vital-field analysis is a biophysical method of measurement which records the energy-related condition of somatic cells. Using the results of TsunaMED® vital-field analysis, appropriate therapies are determined from a holistic...

TsunaMED® vital-field analysis is a biophysical method of measurement which records the energy-related condition of somatic cells. Using the results of TsunaMED® vital-field analysis, appropriate therapies are determined from a holistic medical perspective.


What does TsunaMED® vital-field analysis measure?


Two electrodes are attached to the feet and 200 m electrical pulses are sent through the body. The cells or organ each produce a specific response to these pulses. These responses are compared against computerised data. When producing a diagnosis and giving advice, we pay particular attention to the responses of the functional tissue. 


How does TsunaMED® vital-field therapy work?


The body’s response to the electrical stimulus activates self-healing powers. For lower pulse strengths, repetitions are required in order to activate the organism. If a stronger pulse is used, a pause is recommended between therapies so that the body is not overstrained and an optimal stimulus response can be achieved. According to specific health needs, the therapy lasts between ten and thirty minutes or longer. The frequency of TsunaMED® vital-field therapy will be determined together on the basis of your individual situation and the doctor’s recommendation.


TsunaMED® Vital-field analysis yields information concerning:


Physical vulnerabilities/blockages/interference fields

Changes in the body’s energy balance,

The body’s regulatory capacity and influence of external factors (e.g. toxins, hormones, medicines, metals and much more). 

Activate your self-healing powers 


Vital-field analysis helps to more accurately determine medical history (anamnesis). 

Vital-field therapy provides an ideal addition to the programme of therapies. 


Contraindications for Vital-field analysis and/or therapy

  • Cardiac pacemaker
  • Acute cancer
  • Pregnancy


Baths have a relaxing, calming effect and provide thermal energy. Bath supplements increase this powerful healing effect. A few examples: rosemary alleviates rheumatic and circulatory problems; lavender has a calming effect and helps with...


Baths have a relaxing, calming effect and provide thermal energy. Bath supplements increase this powerful healing effect. A few examples: rosemary alleviates rheumatic and circulatory problems; lavender has a calming effect and helps with insomnia and anxiety, as well as a nervous stomach.

Baths with supleement

The duration of the bath is up to 20 minutes at a temperature of approx. 36°C with a variety of supplements (eucalyptus, spruce needles, healing salts, hay blossoms, lemon balm, rosemary).


  • Convalescence
  • Disorders of the vegetative nervous system
  • Stress conditions


  • Open wounds

CO₂ -bath

The duration of the bath is up to 20 minutes at a temperature of approx. 36°C.


  • Circulatory problems
  • Convalescence
  • Balance problems


  • Serious heart conditions
  • Morbus Parkinson
  • open wounds

Dry gas bath

The bath time is 10, 15 or 20 minutes.

In this therapy, the patient sits (no age limit) in full clothing approximately to the navel in the CO₂ dry gas. After a short time a feeling of warmth spreads in the body. There is no danger for the patients to inhale gas: dissipative slits in the piszine wall prevent the carbonic acid gas from rising higher than desired. In addition, this therapy is monitored by specially trained personnel.

Mode of action:

  • Vascular dilation of the dermal vessels (= increased circulation)
  • Lowering of the arterial blood pressure
  • accelerated venous blood drainage
  • Stimulation of skin circulation
  • Improvement of the flow properties of the blood
  • Lowering the sensitivity of the cold receptors and stimulating the
  • heat receptors
  • Improvement of wound healing
  • Slowdown of heart work
  • Increase of stroke volume and cardiac output = protection of the heart
  • Increase in blood flow of the mucous membrane
  • Increase of secretion processes and resorption processes
  • Stimulation of peristalsis in the intestine


  • All forms of circulatory disorders
  • vascular
  • Ulcera cruris (open legs)
  • Microcirculation disorders (in diabetes mellitus)
  • phantom pain


  • phlebitis


Gymnastics lend themselves to maintaining and strengthening physical stability and mobility. We offer gymnastics as an individual or group therapy. All forms may be practised in water, according to personal requirements.

Healing exercises

Individual or groupgymnastics


  • After accidents
  • After orthopaedic operations
  • After a stroke
  • Osteoporosis
  • Morbus Parkinson
  • Musculosketal system order

Medical apparatus training

In small groups under the supervision and guidance of a physiotherapist


  • Muscle development
  • Improving mobility of the joints in osteoarthritis
  • After accidents, sports injuries, joint operations
  • Stroke

Underwater gymnastics

Individual or group gymnastics in the indoor pool and/or exercise pool


  • Shoulder and hip complaints
  • Pain in the spinal column
  • Postural defects
  • Osteoporosis
  • Morbus Parkinson

Spinal exercises

Spinal exercises are designed for anyone who suffers from pain in the spinal area. This therapy is recommended as a precautionary measure for office workers and all “sedentary jobs”. The exercises themselves are based on the following principles. 


  • Strengthening the postural muscles
  • Elongation of shortened musculature
  • Mobilisation of blocked segments of the spinal column


Massages are among the most popular treatments for alleviating physical complaints. We offer various types of massage; we are happy to provide advice on which massage would best benefit your well-being, with no commitment required on your...


Connective tissue

Massage technique in which the area of ​​the skin is positively influenced by the skin area.


  • chronic swelling conditions
  • Structural changes of the connective tissue
  • vegetative disorders 


Targeted treatment in the plantar area, which affects reflexive positive organs and joints.


  • vegetative organ disease
  • chronic pain conditions
  • sleep disorders

Lymphatic drainage

Special massage to promote the drainage of tissue fluid through the lymphatic system, thereby decongestion and detoxification, pain relief.


  • acute and chronic swelling conditions
  • Circulatory disorders
  • Scar swelling and pain after joint surgery and after accidents

Partial or full body massage

Classic massage of the back or the whole body.


  • degenerative and rheumatic diseases 
  • especially the neck and lumbar spine


Pamper your skin and your senses with a purifying peeling or soothing body compress. These are designed to stimulate activity in certain organs or relax musculature according to the type of body compress.

Pamper your skin and your senses with a purifying peeling or soothing body compress. These are effectively designed to stimulate activity in certain organs, relax musculature or ease joints at a soothing temperature, according to the type of body compress.


Classic part or full compress with warm natural fango. It can be applied directly to the skin without the need for a protective layer. This way, the fango’s valuable ingredients can take their full effect Our Freiburg natural fango is distinguished by its very powerful heating effect on spinal column, joints and muscular system, without feeling unpleasantly hot on the skin. 

The heating effect gives rise to an antispasmodic effect in the muscular system, improving circulation and encouraging metabolism in the treated part of the body as a further consequence.


  • Chronic joint inflammation (osteoarthritis) 
  • Intervertebral disc problems
  • Sciatica and muscle rheumatism 
  • Muscle tension

Hay blossom compress

Compress made with hay blossoms


  • Convalescence
  • Disorders of the vegetative nervous system


Part or full package with warm bog


  • degenerative and rheumatic joint diseases
  • osteoporosis
  • gynecological diseases


Section pack with curd.


  • varicose veins
  • gout
  • acute joint pain

Carbocutan therapy

Hope for people with circulatory problems

“Carbocutan”, an innovative CO₂ therapy, this CO₂ treatment has been successfully applied for centuries, especially in France.

We are now able to offer this new type of therapy to our patients in an even more precise and accurate form, without any unwanted side effects.”

This therapy involves an injection of CO₂ through a direction filter system directly under the skin by way of a controlled application system and leaves a small or large deposit. This targeted, local form of CO₂ treatment allows us to bypass the high diffusion resistance of the callus and thereby achieve a significantly better therapeutic effect.

The effective is based on microcirculation regulation with vessel expansion and leads to an improvement in the oxygen supply to tissue. By damping the pain receptors this therapy also helps to alleviate pain.

Carbocutan therapy helps with:

  • Peripheral arterial occlusive disease – PAOD
  • Chronic arterial occlusive disease – CAOD
  • Raynaud‘s syndrome
  • Degenerative diseases of the musculoskeletal system / arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia (chronic tendon and muscle pain)
  • Ulcus cruris (leg ulcers)
  • Migraine
  • Scleroderma (inflammatory, rheumatic illness)
  • Cellulite
  • Vertigo
  • Tinnitus

Carbovasal Intensivtherapie

Natural carbon dioxide gas is at the heart of our intensive carbovasal therapy. It stimulates vessel activity and mitigates pain caused by all types of circulatory disorder. This therapy makes its presence felt with a strong feeling of...

Natural carbon dioxide gas is at the heart of our intensive carbovasal therapy. It stimulates vessel activity and mitigates pain caused by all types of circulatory disorder. This therapy makes its presence felt with a strong feeling of warmth and pleasant tingling sensation.

This therapy can be applied with great success in the following cases:  

All types of circulatory problems, vessel diseases, venous ulcers (leg ulcers), micro-circulation disorders (e.g. diabetes mellitus) and phantom pains. 

So what exactly happens during this therapy?

First, the skin is soaked well and warmed in a special arm or foot bath (if medically necessary), which significantly increases the intake of carbon dioxide through the skin later on. Next, the guest is given a specially developed plastic suit. These suits include a full-body suit which is used to treat the legs and torso up to chest height. The plastic suits are tightly secured with a belt before preheated natural carbon dioxide gas is introduced through a process of humidification.

The natural carbon dioxide works intensively on the body through sustained pressure for a duration of 15 minutes, causing blood vessels to expand and stimulating pumping action, which in turn stimulates strong circulation. This also improves blood flow properties, enhancing vessel tone and promoting tissue repair and/or healing of venous ulcers. Improved circulation results in a strong feeling of warmth and sometimes also a pleasant tingling sensation.

After the therapy has been completed the same rule applies as always: “Don’t forget to rest.”

Gamma Swing

Alongside kinesiatrics, extension therapy has proven successful among methods of physical therapy for treating back pain. Thanks to the novel therapeutic approaches enabled by the Gamma Swing apparatus, this treatment is enjoying great...

Thanks to the novel therapeutic approaches enabled by the Gamma Swing apparatus, this kind of treatment is enjoying great success in a clinical setting, promising modifications and further development.

Based on the ancient, proven principle of spinal column stretch treatment, an innovative modification of this tried and tested treatment principle was developed by Tyrolean inventor Prim. Dr. Ferdinand Gundolf in collaboration with manufacturer Ing. Hannes Grissemann in Kufstein and with the assistance of Univ.-Doz. Dr. Erich Mur from the Medical University of Innsbruck, whereby the spinal column extension treatment is optimally combined with a swinging motion in an individually customisable manner. 

The primary area of application for the Gamma Swing is treating degenerative diseases of the spinal column, in particular the lumbar part of the spine (“low back pain”). Gamma Swing treatment (also called extension therapy) can have a beneficial impact on tensions in the back muscles, blockages of small vertebral joints and, above all, changes in the intervertebral discs. During the treatment, the patient is slowly raised up on the Gamma Swing using specially padded gaiters attached to the lower leg. The treatment uses the patient’s own weight and takes place three times per week. 

Before the treatment begins the patient is required to have a detailed medical examination to confirm their suitability for the treatment and to exclude any contraindications. 


  • Relaxes the back muscles
  • Unblocks small vertebral joints
  • Positive influence on changes in the intervertebral discs 

Positive effects

  • Pain relief
  • Muscle relaxation
  • Improved mobility


Only with bath clothes go to a space with below 110 degrees centigrade and there up to three minutes stay? What sounds inconceivably, is a therapy form which has been developed about 1980 in Japan and finds, in the meantime, wide use.

The list of illnesses and associated symptoms which can be alleviated with the help of whole-body cryotherapy is a long one. It ranges from inflammatory rheumatoid diseases and osteoarthritis, through diseases of the spinal column and chronic pain conditions, right up to neurodermatitis and psoriasis, as well as sleeping disorders. 

Therapy in the three-chamber system

Whole-body cryotherapy takes place in a three-chamber system. The first two chambers are lock chambers set at temperatures of minus 10 and minus 60 degrees Celsius, primarily so that you can quickly acclimatise. But these two chambers also have a technical purpose; namely, ensuring that not too much cold air can leak out of the actual therapy chamber. You stay in the therapy chamber for approximately three minutes. This way, although you feel the cold on your skin, it is not allowed to penetrate below the skin. But the extremely low temperature still has an effect on the entire body because the skin vessels are made to contract, causing the blood to be redistributed. In order to protect sensitive body parts from frostbite, users wear mouth, nose and ear protection, as well as gloves, socks and firm footwear. Overall, this therapy is tolerated very well, elderly people included. 

Blocked pain conduction

In the first instance, the extreme cold blocks pain conduction. This means that the not unpleasant “bright” pain caused by the low temperature masks the unpleasant “dull” pain. As medical research has now confirmed, a result of chronic pains is the development of a so-called pain memory, which can cause violent reactions to even small pains. Whole-body cryotherapy can have a positive impact on this. The extreme cold also has an anti-inflammatory effect; an aspect that particularly benefits sufferers of chronic inflammation. As such, this therapy is suitable for treating rheumatoid arthritis, Bekhterev’s disease, as well as neurodermatitis and psoriasis, because the low temperatures also help to block itching. The performance-enhancing effect of whole-body cryotherapy has to do with the redistribution of blood: the blood is forced away from the skin, causing the supply of blood to the muscles to increase, an effect which is made use of first and foremost by competitive sportspeople in order to boost their training results. 

Two to three doses per day

Whole-body cryotherapy should be undertaken during the period of a three to four week stay in order for the therapy to have optimal impact. The ideal scenario is for you to enter the cold chamber two to three times per day, with an interval of three to four hours in between. The positive effect can sometimes be felt already after just one treatment session. Most guests report a striking improvement in their symptoms after approximately 14 days. This improvement can last for up to half a year. 

As with all types of therapy, there are some contraindications for whole-body cryotherapy. For example, it should not be used for people with cardiovascular problems, after a stroke or heart attack, nor if the person has epilepsy, untreated high blood pressure or impaired circulation. An acute illness – such as a severe cold – also renders the guest unfit for treatment. In terms of age, children as young as four years may use the cold chamber (accompanied by an adult) under particular conditions. Apart from that, the treatment is available right up into old age. 


  • Inflammatory rheumatoid diseases in the joints and spinal column
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Soft-tissue rheumatoid diseases (fibromyalgia)
  • Chronic pain conditions with various causes
  • Impaired regulation of muscle tone in infantile cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and muscle tensions
  • Psoriasis with and without joint involvement
  • Neurodermatitis
  • Blunt injuries of the joints, conditions following operative intervention in the joints and spinal column
  • Performance optimisation for work, sport and medical rehabilitation


  • Circulatory problems
  • Heart disease, very high blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Loss of sensation in extremities
  • Severe cold
  • Cold intolerance
  • Claustrophobia
  • Localised frostbite
  • Paraesthesia


Breathing in gaseous active substances is a gentle way of promoting a healthy respiratory tract. Inhalations have a mucolytic effect and help – depending on the supplement – to alleviate allergy-related respiratory problems.

Moist, warm salt water inhalation treatments and inhalations with medicinal supplements cause a rapid alleviation of symptoms in the neck, nose and throat. They have a mucolytic effect and, what’s more, help to reduce inflammation, promote circulation and reduce swelling.

Furthermore, the mucous membrane defences are strengthened. This treatment can also be applied to post-operative tissue repair following ENT interventions, acute and chronic inflammations of the upper and central respiratory passages, as a preventive treatment for coughs and colds, as an effective means of support during the hay fever season, and for acute and chronic inflammations of the paranasal sinuses.

Inhalations are offered with and without supplements.

Laser therapy

Laser therapy regulates, stimulates and normalises cell activity.

The results are:

  • Pain relief
  • Reducing edema and swelling
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Speeding up the healing process
  • Decreasing the risk of infection with open wounds

There is a wide variety of possible applications for our laser therapy.

Treatment of skin ulcers, technically called ulcus cruris, has always had an important place at our health resort.

In the field of orthopaedics: joint irritations, stump and phantom pains, arthritis, operation scars, prosthetic pains, haematomas, and inflammation of the musculoskeletal system.

In the field of dermatology: herpes zoster, herpes labialis, burns.

In the field of neurology: neuralgia, migraines, treatment of chronic pain conditions.

In the field of sports medicine: bruises, strains, sprains, muscle fibre injuries, tennis and golf-er’s elbow.

Apart from the above, laser therapy also lends itself to treating a range of other symptoms.