Table shower has many benefits, but not all people are familiar with this piece of relaxation gear. In its essence, a table shower is a massage tool, appreciated by adults who enjoy the benefits of a good massage. It can help you with sore muscles, just like other massage types.
Table shower serves for hydro massage, which is one of the best ways to relax and improve your overall well-being. Table showers are common in spa centers, and a good way to enhance the benefits of conventional massage. My article will help you understand every aspect of table showers.
Table shower isn’t a new invention, it has been used for centuries. Therefore, if you have been wondering whether a table shower is your way to relax, this article is for you!
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What is a Table Shower?
A table shower is used in spa centers around Asia, the USA and Europe. It is a table for a customer to lay on, and five to seven showerheads are placed above. Water temperature and pressure can be customized according to the customer’s preferences.
In most salons, table shower treatment is combined with exfoliation and manual massage. Luxury salons offer special products, such as exotic oils and sea salts as part of the table shower treatment.
Other names for table shower treatments are Vichy treatment and Swiss shower.
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6 Incredible Table Shower Benefits
How exactly can you benefit from table shower treatment? The combined water benefits and therapeutic massage are highly beneficial for your body, health and mind. Here are the most important benefits of table showers.
Table shower massage is a mix of regular massage and hydro massage, and it ensures full-body relaxation. The effect of table showers is positive on your body, and you can feel the stress decreasing!
Improved Recovery Process
Athletes and people with different joint injuries and muscle strain enjoy the table shower. It significantly speeds up the recovery.
Water applies pressure on sore joints or muscles and ensures better oxygen intake for the whole body. Higher levels of oxygen are very beneficial for the healing process.
Table showers are practical because you can enjoy a mud wrap while being on the table. Then, you don’t have to take a shower before the massage because the therapist can easily wash the mud and continue with the massage.
During the process, there are no delays, and the entire relaxation process flows naturally.
Excellent for Beginners in Deep Tissue Massage
Table shower isn’t a deep tissue massage, but it is a pleasant way for beginners to understand more about that type of massage.
The therapist increases the water flow on the sprinkles, which mimics the feel of a real deep tissue massage. Even though the effects aren’t the same, a table shower massage gives you some benefits of deep tissue massage without the pain that high pressure can cause.
Good for Circulation
The sprinkles on the table shower are both hot and cold, so they improve circulation instantly. A warm massage at the beginning of the treatment expands the blood vessels, and the cold shower at the end improves the blood flow and strengthens the vessels.
Because table shower treatment includes exfoliating from head to toe and deep cleansing, it will leave your skin looking rejuvenating and fresh.
Exfoliation can also help with acne and ingrown hair and help you prepare for some other skin treatments, such as anti-cellulite treatments or lymphatic drainage body treatment.
US VS Asian Table Shower
Table showers or some similar treatments have been around for centuries. Even ancient people understood the benefits of relaxation aid with water sprinkles. Table showers are extremely popular in Asia, but some of them differ from what you can get in the USA.
The table shower treatments around spas in the USA offer relaxation, bathing, and most commonly – massage and bathing in one treatment. But, in Asian countries, table showers can have a sexual component to the treatment.
Therefore, before you sign up for a table shower treatment, ask around about the service in the salon. It will help you prevent uncomfortable situations.
Table Shower Experience: Step-By-Step
If you are wondering whether to get a table shower massage, here is what you can expect!
The preparation phase includes getting undressed for the treatment. Unless the law states differently, you can ask to get your treatment fully naked. If you don’t feel comfortable getting your massage naked, you can wear minimal underwear, a swimsuit, or ask for a towel to cover your private parts.
Also, before the table shower treatment starts some salons ask you to take a regular shower.
Setting the Water Temperature
You can ask the therapist to set the water temperature to your preferences. Ask for frequent water temperature changes for maximum circulation improvement. Some people may prefer consistent warm water treatment or alternate hot and cold changes.
During a treatment, a therapist can pour water over your body several times. Or, you can rely on sprinkles above the body to be the only water source during your treatment.
The table shower is positioned in the central part of the room and each customer gets the necessary privacy. Once you come into the room, the therapist will ask you to lay down on the table. Then, he or she will turn on the sprinkles, positioned above your body and set the temperature.
Usually, there are five to seven shower heads placed on a metal rod above the client. Those provide a pleasing cascading effect and help relax the muscles and mind.
In different spas, the treatment may include the following aspects.
The treatment starts once the therapist lets you lay down on the table and enjoy the cascading effects of water. After some time, he will take a loofa and thoroughly clean your back, opening pores and removing dead skin cells.
Front Body Washing
Once the washing from your back is done, the therapist will ask you to turn over and complete the procedure from the front.
During the bathing process, your hair and face remain completely dry, and your mind gets relaxed.
In some salons, customers get a full-scrubbing treatment with different products that help soothe the skin and remove dead cells.
Once the washing part is over, a therapist may start a traditional full-body manual massage. Because your pores are open and blood flow is increased, you will get a better experience during a conventional massage.
Once the massage is over, a customer will enjoy the hydro massage one more time in a shorter interval which will help remove oils used for the massage.
In some luxury spa centers, you can get additional services as part of table shower treatments.
Those can include mud wraps, chocolate massage, sea salt scrubs, exotic oil massage, etc. Even though these treatments are pricey, they will leave you to feel like royals!
Table Shower Chakra Treatment
Some Asian spas have specially aligned shower heads to match the position of each of the seven chakras. The water from shower heads will help remove toxins from the body, cleanse your chakras and fill you up with more energy as your energy field will be clean.
Focusing on chakras treatment isn’t the conventional way of thinking about table showers. But, chakra treatment in an Asian spa setting can be highly beneficial for your mind and stress-coping skills.
If you get yourself anywhere near an Asian spa that offers chakra treatment, be open-minded and try the treatment, as it cannot cause you any harm!
During the Treatment
You should notify the therapist if you feel any discomfort during the treatment if the water temperature doesn’t suit you, or the water pressure is too strong.
After the Treatment
Some people get a bit lightheaded. Once the treatment is complete, your therapist will raise you up from the table, leave you to dry, and get your robe and sandals.
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Table Shower Treatment Costs
Table shower treatments aren’t standard treatments available in all salons. Luckily, their popularity rises and more salons across the USA offer these services. The price depends on various factors, including the treatment routine, the location, the products used, etc.
For example, for a ten-minute table shower massage only by nozzles, you’ll pay significantly less than for treatment with exotic oils and scrubs.
Still, mud wraps and table shower massage treatments are among the moderately priced services. You can find them under the name Swiss shower, Vichy treatment, or simply a table shower. Their average price is around $120 per hour.
If you want additional services, such as deep scrubbing, manual massage, oil treatment, wrap, or chocolate massage, be ready to pay around $200 per hour.
Also, some salons may offer a Vichy shower in the duration of ten to 15 minutes at discount prices, after you are done with their other luxurious body treatments.
What Should You Know Before the Treatment?
A table shower is a pretty magnificent treatment but there are a few things to know before you run to the first spa that offers it.
First of all, a table shower is, in most cases, performed with completely naked clients. If you aren’t comfortable with that amount of nudity, contact the salon and ask for your options. Ask them if they offer disposable underwear, or you need to provide it.
The last thing you want while relaxing is discomfort for laying naked in front of an unknown therapist! It will ruin the experience for you.
What Do You Get For the Price?
Some salons charge extra for exfoliation, while others have everything included in the price. It may include the scrub, the wrap, the manual massage, etc.
On the other hand, some salons will charge you only for a table shower massage – a treatment that involves laying under the metal rod with multiple shower heads.
Additionally, there is an issue I mentioned earlier. Some salons with shady reputations may offer sexual services in exchange for a generous tip.
Hygiene and Expertise
When going to the spa for any kind of treatment or service, check what other clients have to say about hygiene and therapeutics’ skills. Hygiene is very important because Vichy treatment needs to be performed in a sanitized setting.
Everything needs to be clean, from table to towel, slippers and robe.
Additionally, even though the Vichy treatment is a safe treatment that you can stop if you feel even the slightest discomfort, the therapeutics must be skilled, especially if they will perform manual massage.
Table showers aren’t as common as saunas, so you might still have various questions about them. Take a look at the following section to get answers to frequently asked questions about table showers.
Full Body and Mind Relaxation with Table Shower
If you are looking for a way to relax and cope with stress, a table shower treatment is your way to go. Lying on a table with water falling on your body with a cascading effect will leave you feeling rejuvenated and relaxed, ready to deal with various life situations.
Have you ever taken a table shower treatment? Did you like it? If not, would you try it? Feel free to share your thoughts and experience with me!