The Vichy shower is a combination of horizontal shower and massage. The bather lies on a bed onto which low pressure water flows through holes from top to bottom, whilst the therapist gives them a full body massage. The patient first lies face up and then turns over.
The water can be hot or close to body temperature, between 34 and 36 degrees. The massage normally lasts for half an hour, and can finish with half an hour of rest and the final application of a toning lotion.
This practice was developed in the Vichy spa, in France, in the 19th century. It is also called horizontal shower or Vittel shower, the name of another French spa centre that made this therapy popular.
The Vichy shower is relaxing and is suitable for treating stress. It promotes muscle toning and mobility of the joints.