Many years ago Johann Schroth, who founded the original Oberstaufen Schroth treatment, recognised that digestive processes use up energy that is required by the body's defences. He developed a naturopathic treatment based on an effective combination of diet and exercise which aims to improve the metabolism and circulation. For over 60 years now Oberstaufen has been a successful Schroth spa resort treating many ailments including heart and circulation complaints, type II diabetes, burnout syndrome and metabolic disorders. The treatment is centred around nutrition with a reduced calorie intake and no animal protein, fat or salt, which is reinforced by alternating rest and exercise as well as high and low liquid-intake days. In Oberstaufen spa and holiday visitors can choose from a whole range of exercise and sports with 300km of footpaths, 100km of cross-country ski trails, 60km of winter walking trails, the Aquaria panoramic water park, an extensive ski region and nearby lakes. The choice of wellness treatments is equally wide, which means that everyone can maximise the benefits of their health break.