Water has long been used to revitalize the body and rejuvenate the spirit. Long ago, the elite of the Roman Empire turned to hot springs and mineralized baths for healing, rejuvenation and well-being, as well as to socialize with others in the community. Many cultures today see water as a healing force. Visit the hot springs of Bali or the Ganges River in India and you’ll see the importance placed on water as a natural source of healing and revitalization.
Today, in many North American and European spas, warm water treatments are featured to help release toxins, support fat burn, reduce cellulite, improve circulation and oxygen supply, relieve joint and muscle pain and provide relaxation. One such treatment is a Vichy shower, in which the client is given a water massage while lying down. A metal shower arm with five to seven shower heads runs parallel to the treatment table. The therapist adjusts the temperature and pressure and sweeps the shower head over the table, giving the client a pleasant, relaxing shower.
Vichy showers offer a form of thermal rejuvenation, which can help to relax the body, exfoliate dead skin cells and oxygenate the skin. Vichy showers may also be combined with other body and skin treatments, such as massage, to help treat a variety of ailments, such as rheumatism, arthritis and joint pain, cellulite and muscle tension.
If you’re worried about exposing your body while getting a Vichy treatment, don’t be! Many spas, such as Terme Nuvo in Oakville, ask that clients bring a bathing suit to wear during their treatment. Alternately, you may be draped with a towel and offered disposable underwear to wear to help you to feel more comfortable.
For more information on Vichy showers, or to book an appointment, contact Terme Nuvo medi-spa in Oakville or visit them online at www.termenuvo.ca.