The popularity of water-based therapies in the U.S. spa environment has led to this becoming an industry standard. Today's spas utilize many types of water treatments based on both new technologies and ancient philosophies. Some examples include:
Hydrotherapy: The use of bubbling/jet baths, jet showers, underwater massage, Vichy shower, Swiss shower, scotch hose, foot baths or hand baths using fresh water, mineral water (balneotherapy) or sea water (thalassotherapy).
Balneotherapy: Traditional study and practice of water-based treatments using fresh or geothermal hot springs or mineral water.
Thalassotherapy: The simultaneous use of sea water and sea air with a preventative or curative purpose usually in a site on the ocean (from the Greek word "thalassa" meaning the sea).
Kneipp Kur: Treatments combining hot/cold hydrotherapy, herbology, and diet of natural foods developed in Germany in the mid-1800s by Pastor Sebastian Kneipp.
Ionization: The use of marine spray using negative ions. Sea water particles ionized with negative electrons which are beneficial especially for the upper respiratory tract.
Types of hydrotherapy equipment we offer:
Hydrotherapy Tub: This classic single-user water treatment remains popular with new enhanced systems for air and water jets, powerful underwater massage, and self-cleaning systems for flushing and disinfecting internal piping. Another new approach is to use "pipeless" technology to allow complete disinfection and thorough cleaning.
Whirlpool Bath and Shower Systems: From the residential market, these "Jacuzzi" type whirlpool baths and self-contained shower systems offer some of the benefits of hydrotherapy to your spa clientele, but disinfection and code compliance issues must be addressed.
Vichy Shower: This water therapy treatment uses a horizontal shower system with the client lying down, sometimes incorporating a hand wand operated by the therapist, and usually in conjunction with a wide variety of body treatments.
Thermal Capsule: A recent enhancement to water therapy is this combination unit, which provides privacy for the client as well as containing the water and mud or other treatment products inside the capsule. Incorporates some combination of Wet Table, Vichy Shower, Steam, and Aromatherapy.
Swiss Shower: Client stands inside a circular or triangular shower utilizing many shower nozzles from 3 or more directions.
Scotch Hose: Water projected through a jet hose stimulates the client from 10-12 feet away. Therapists are expertly trained to massage the client in specific patterns.
Selection of the right hydrotherapy equipment will depend on your spa's overall philosophy and the treatments your spa plans to offer. Our consultants will be happy to discuss with you the types of equipment best suited for your facility.
Hydrotherapy Equipment Manufacturers We Represent:
Please contact us to discuss equipment selections based on your specific spa design, and to receive product brochures and prices. Call one of our specialists at 707-737-1100 or fill in the form at right and we will have an expert follow up with you.