History of Vichy Showers and Benefits

What is a Vichy Shower? 

A Vichy Shower is a unique way of rinsing off. When we shower in the bathtub, we are usually upright, and we let the water run from our head and down our body.  In a Vichy Shower, however, you are positioned lying down on a table with jets of water spraying above you. There can be as many as 5 to 9+ shower heads attached to a horizontal bar suspended 3 feet above you. The Jets are positioned and then turned on.  The effect is that the water cascades over your entire body an enjoyable and relaxing experience. The water drains away either from channels on the table or from drains on a tiled floor.  For a 10-minute Vichy Shower, you will have at least 100 gallons of water pouring over you. Intense, and intensely soothing.


The History of Vichy Showers

Vichy Showers have very interesting origins. They are named after a town in Central France.  The story goes that during his famous conquest of ancient Gaul (France), Julius Caesar discovered the therapeutic waters of the springs when his horses drank the Vichy waters. These hard-ridden, exhausted beasts immediately recovered from their fatigue.
The Romans saw the potential of the thermal Vichy springs and constructed spas in the area.  By the 16th century, the mineral baths had acquired a reputation for healing and curing among the European aristocracy. The Vichy waters were said to cure and relieve different health problems including paralysis, gout, rheumatism, arthritis, skin diseases, digestive complaints, and more.

Did you know that water can be used to treat diseases?

Water therapy has been around for thousands of years as far back as the times of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Hydrotherapy is a big part of a traditional system of medicine.

Vichy Showers make use of both temperature and pressure. A therapist usually starts off with a 3-minute warm shower. Then the jets and water are adjusted for hot and cold water therapy.  When subjected to cold water, the body s flow of circulation is directed inward towards the internal organs. When subjected to warm water, pores dilate, and the flow of circulation goes outward. When alternated, the body s circulation moves in and out like an accordion.  Apart from temperature, the water s pressure can also be adjusted by the therapist so that you either get a rejuvenating soft sprinkling of water or a more solid pummeling for better circulation. 


Vichy Shower Benefits:

Vichy Showers have real benefits to the body. 
Let's line them up: 

*Increases circulation throughout your body 

*Detoxifies dramatically

*Eliminates waste in your body 

*Boosts your immunity 

*Lowers blood pressure 

*Improves the functions of internal organs 

*Increases metabolic rate and digestion activity

*Firming and toning of your skin

*Loosens tight muscles

*Relaxes and rejuvenates 

*Can promote better sleep

 


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