Hydrotherapy is the centuries-old use of water in the treatment of illnesses and chronic disorders. There are a number of hydrotherapy modalities in use at contemporary day spas, among them saunas, whirlpool baths, baths, and wraps. The common symptoms of stress and anxiety are often alleviated by the soothing heat of a whirlpool bath, while general fatigue can be combated by a warm bath followed by a cold plunge. Hydrotherapy is commonly recommended for people recovering from a recent injury or surgical procedure.
Also known as a Scottish shower, where a trained therapist alternates hot and cold water sprays to the body.
The healing properties of the sea have been known for centuries. Using seawater and marine-based products such as seaweed, thalassotherapy is based on the theory that because the body is naturally made up of high levels of saline and water, substances from the ocean can help bring you back into balance.
While lying down on a cushioned table, several overhead jets release water of varying pressures; often combined with a body treatment.
Watsu is a form of therapeutic bodywork whose name combines "water" and "Shiatsu." Created in 1980 by a poet and linguist, Watsu involves a mixture of massage and dance-like movements performed in water. The treatment is meant to harness the flexibility and fluidity of movement in water for the purposes of deep relaxation and healing. Practitioners of Watsu claim that it has restorative effects for the mind, body, and spirit. The Worldwide Aquatic Bodywork Association trains and certifies Watsu practitioners and therapists.