Kneipp developed a healing method called hydrotherapy. His clients included Pope Leo XIII and Austrian archduke Franz Ferdinand.
Catholic priest Sebastian Kneipp, the initiator of influential therapy methods, was born on 1821. He was born in the village of Stephansried, Bavaria, around half way between the Danube River and the Alps.
Kneipp was ordained as a Catholic priest in 1852. As a priest he was active in the spa town of Bad Wörishofen, Bavaria, which is located around 20 km from his birthplace. He spent around 40 years of his life there. Based on the therapy he had undergone in his youth, Kneipp developed a healing method called hydrotherapy and started applying it to people in Wörishofen. His clients included Pope Leo XIII and Austrian archduke Franz Ferdinand.
Sebastian Kneipp was engaged in many aspects of health and healthy living. Kneippbrød, a type of bread made according to his recipe, became the most popular bread in Norway. Kneipp died in Bad Wörishofen in 1897, aged 76.