Article | Category: Glossary Terms

A Vichy shower is a shower with from 5-7 vertical shower heads in which large quantities of water are showered over a spa patron while he or she lies in a shallow wet bed (similar to a massage table, but with drainage for the water). The therapist may also control a wand to assist in a more focused water massage.

 

BACKGROUND

 

Other Names:

Water Massage, Rain Massage

 

Definition of Offering

A Vichy shower is a shower with from 5-7 vertical shower heads in which large quantities of water are showered over a spa patron while he or she lies in a shallow wet bed (similar to a massage table, but with drainage for the water). The therapist may also control a wand to assist in a more focused water massage.

 

Description of Offering

Melt away stress as the gentle, warm waters of the Vichy shower rain over your body creating a luxurious, healthful and deeply relaxing sensation. Vichy showers may also be used to warm and prepare the body for massage, or be incorporated into body wraps and exfoliation services to allow the guest to completely relax as the warm waters rinse products from the body.

 

This offering has its roots in ancient practices.

 

Origin of Offering

17th Century France

 

Brief History of the Offering

The city of Vichy, in central France south-southeast of Paris, contains five natural mineral springs. A noted spa with hot mineral springs, these springs inspired the design of the Vichy shower. Treatment facilities in the town of Vichy include cold and hot (the temperature is over 40° C) carbonate mineral springs, the water of which is used for drinking, baths, showers, spraying, and lavages; it is also bottled and ex-ported. Such treatments as mud cures, oxygen therapy, and mechanical therapy are also available. Patients with diseases of the liver and bile ducts of the gastrointestinal tract, and those with disturbances in metabolism, are treated here. Sanatoriums, bath houses, drinking galleries, hotels, pensions, and sports facilities are also available.    

 

Vichy, France held a prominent spot in history.  Vichy was the seat of the collaborationist regime of Henri Philippe Pétain from July 1940, when Germany occupied northern France including Paris, until November 1942, when Germany invaded southern France and assumed control of the entire country.

 

Fun Fact

Vichy water is a sparkling mineral water bottled from Vichy, France. A bottle of Vichy water sells for $14 on Amazon.

 

BENEFITS

 

Primary Benefit Received

Increase Circulation in Body

 

Other Benefits

Increase Circulation in Body, Stress Reduction, Invigoration, Lymphatic Drainage

 

Research Publication

Comparison of the clinical effectiveness of thermal cure and rehabilitation in knee osteoarthritis.

A. Fazaa, L. Souabni, K. Ben Abdelghani, S. Kassab, S. Chekili, B. Zouari ,  R. Hajri , A. Laatar, L. Zakraoui

ScienceDirect

www.sciencedirect.com// 

www.e-m.consulte.com//Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine/

 

Comments about research selection

Research also included use of underwater jets, underwater therapy, massage wands,

 

Primary Findings of Research

Significant improvement of the visual analogic scale of pain was noted in the thermal cure group but not in the non-thermal group.

 

DETAILS

 

Typical Length of Offering

45 - 60 minutes

 

The offering is most often provided one guest at a time.

 

Offering is primarily suited for:

Day Spa (wellness focus), Resort/Hotel/Cruise Ship Spa, Destination Spa, Hospital/Rehabilitation Center

 

How many treatment providers are needed to produce the offering?

One

 

Common License/Certification or Training necessary to provide the offering:

No license/certification/training necessary

 

Information about the most often used offering protocol

The Use and Application of Affusion/Vichy Showers

Jane Crebbin Bailey, HCB Associates

The Spa Book:The Official Guide to Spa Therapy (2005), Pg. 95

 

Type of space/facility most often used for the offering:

Private Wet Treatment Room (Vichy, Baths, Watsu Pool, etc.)

 

Type of space/facility that can be use for the offering:

Private Wet Treatment Room (Vichy, Baths, Watsu Pool, etc.)

 

How many towels are used?

3 - 6

 

Does the guest generally use a robe and/or a wrap for the offering?

Yes, rope and wrap.

 

How many sheets are used?

1 - 3

 

Does the offering require the use of products (i.e. lotions, lacquers, scrubs, cleansers, etc.)?

Yes.

 

How many different products are used?

0 - 1

 

Approximate product cost per treatment:

$0.50 USD

 

Products used:

Aromatherapy oils used to enhance treatment.

 

Does the offering require the use of disposable supplies (i.e. cotton squares, balls and swabs, lancets, etc.)?

Yes.

 

How many different disposable supplies are used?

0 - 4

 

Describe/list the disposable supplies used?

Disposable underwear and bras, headband, shower cap. Estimated cost - $3 USD

 

Equipment and supplies needed to provide the offering:

Raised Massage-style Table, Floor Mat, Water Source (sink or shower), Blanket(s)

 

Beyond labor, linens, disposable supplies and products, please list any other direct costs associated with the offering?

N/A

 

Including only the following items (products, disposable items, linen laundry, and other direct costs---not labor), what is the typical cost of the offering?

$1.50 - $7.50 USD

 

Comments about offering costs.

Costs depend on optional products used to enhance service (scrubs, oils, lotions, etc.)  as well as disposables used. Municipal water costs may also need to be factored in.

 

Typical single session price of the offering.

$120 - $180 USD

 

Comments about offering price.

Price may be increased with service enhancements.

 

SOURCES

 

Publication used to prepare this submission.

Vichy Body Treatments

Anitra Brown, Spa Expert

What is a Vichy Shower? (2015)

http://spas.about.com/od/bodytreatments/a/vichy.htm

 

DAY SPA Techniques

Erika Miller

The Vichy Shower (2014)

http://apaa.com.au/the-beauty-blog-by-apaa/8-the-vichy-shower

 

What Are the Benefits of a Vichy Shower?

Kate Weinburg

What is a Vichy Shower? Video series

http://www.ehow.com/video_4408112_what-vichy-shower.html

 

Author Information

Kate Mearns

Consultant, 5 Spa Consulting

 

Author Biography

Kate Mearns has been involved in the wellness industry for over twenty five years.  She began her career at Coolfont Resort in West Virginia. She then opened and operated 2 major spas.  She also managed major accounts across the country with WTS, International.  Mearns contributed to the global spa industry as the Chairman of the International Spa Association (ISPA).

 

Editor Information:

Mary Wisnom

Professor, School of Resort & Hospitality Management, Florida Gulf Coast University, USA