Harness The Power Of Water

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What is it about water that soothes and calms us? The simple act of soaking in warm or cool water is one that has been practiced for millennia as a necessity for well-being. So it’s no surprise that spas have harnessed the power of water in steam rooms and pools of varying temperatures. However, more spas are going beyond basic hydrotherapy to offer unique options incorporating water.

Watsu: A combination of the words water and shiatsu, Watsu is massage done in a warm, shallow pool. (You and the massage therapist both wear bathing suits.) Besides the heightened comfort of being enveloped by warmth, the medium of water allows the therapist to position you in stretches and poses that can’t be done on your average massage table. Find it at various resort spas, including the Golden Door at The Boulders in Carefree, AZ.

Poolates: Like it sounds, Poolates is Pilates core-based exercise done in a pool. While there are plenty of places where you can sign up for land-based Pilates, the benefit to doing it in water is that it’s gentler on joints because of the buoyancy and it still gives you a great workout because water creates more resistance that forces you to use your core. Find it at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne.

Water-based treatments: A great place to experience water in all its forms to invigorate and rejuvenate the body is the Kohler Waters Spa in Kohler, WI. From hydrotherapy pools and Vichy showers to more unique Acoustic baths with underwater music and vibration and RiverBaths, the options are as varied as the technology used in the Kohler bath faucets we know so well. The most interesting treatment is The Highland Fling, which drenches the body with warm water thrown from buckets and then exfoliates with coffee granules and mint oil and finally soothes the skin with a rich chocolate body butter application. However, the newest, Complete Harmony, ushers guests through the Stillness and Harmony wet rooms, combining Vichy shower, bathing and body treatments for total relaxation.

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