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By Philippe Therenne
He can be reached at
Fax 707 942-6198

His address is:
Box 1093
Calistoga CA 94515

Affusion Shower*


Sedating massage under rain-like spray of 5 micro jets

Recommended for:
Anti-stress treatment, fighting of insomnia, relaxing massage.

Make long harmonious strokes. Relax hands so full contact is made. A massage under the Affusion Shower is done with passive movements. A passive movement is a method by which joints are massaged with no resistance or assistance by muscular activity on the part of the client. Passive massage benefits circulation of the blood and lymph, nourishes the skin and relaxes the nerves. (Active movement in massage refers to exercises in which the voluntary muscles are contracted by the client. Active exercise, helps to firm muscles, improve circulation, and aids the function of all internal organs.)

The massage movements applied under an Affusion Shower are effleurage or stroking movements. These movements can be divided in superficial, feathering, and deep movements, over large surfaces, over heavier muscles. Stroking may be done using a varying amount of pressure and length of strokes. Strokes glide over the guest's entire body or body part (arm or leg). Generally the movement is toward the heart, with the return stroke being much lighter and away from the center of the body. The guest lays face down on the couch. Start the shower and leave the room for 5 minutes.
Start with kneading of foot from the toes up to the heel 3 times

Stroking the leg upward with both hands
5 times. When there are particularly tight or tense areas, go over them with more pressure using the heel of the hand.

Stroke thigh upward over buttocks 5 times. Increase pressure on upward stroke with each pass.

Same for other leg
Effleurage up the back with little finger leading and the rest of the fingers pointing toward the spine. Move your hands out over the shoulders and go back along the sides to the hips. 5 times. Increase pressure on upward stroke with each pass.

Outward stretching of the muscles of the back 5 times

Inward stretching of the muscles of the back 5 times

Move over to the guest head

Apply effleurage movements beginning at the nape of the neck. Note that down the back needs little pressure up the back can be stronger. 5 times.

Move to the side again
Fan stroke the back
5 times
Large Jet


High pressure shower massage projected from 12 to 15 feet (4-5 meters) distance.

Recommended for:

Fighting of overweight, anti-stress treatment, stubborn cellulite, increase of blood and lymph circulation, deep massage after exercise.


Always work in upwards drainage movements. Never aim jet at same spot for long time. Note areas to be avoided. Demonstrate guest positions they must stand in set temperature. Open hot and cold water taps and turn up pressure (2-2.5 bar): rose - for old and thin guests; large hole - female and sensitive clients; small hole - large muscular clients. Look at illustration for movements.

Guest stands with back facing therapist. Ask guest to hold up right foot and than left foot, massage from heel to toes. With broken and straight jet massage the calf from bottom to top, avoid back of knee. With straight jet from above knee up to thighs.

Repeat on left leg.

With broken jet and circular movements massage lumbar vertebras (lower back) avoid kidneys and flying rib. With straight jet each side of the spine from bottom top (never pass jet by the spinal column). With straight jet massage trapezius muscles (shoulder and neck).

Ask guest to turn to right side. With straight jet massage internal side of left foot and external side of right food. With circular jet massage around right malleolola. With straight jet massage external side of the calf up to thigh. With circular jet massage upper hip and upper gluteus (buttocks).

With straight jet from hands up to shoulder.

Repeat in left side position

Ask guest to face therapist
With a broken jet massage from bottom to top of calf. With less broken jet massage around knee cap. With straight jet massage from knee up to groin (be careful with genital organs).

Repeat other leg
With broken jet massage stomach area starting at left top in circles around navel. (not to far below navel because of genital organs and passage of large vessels). With straight jet massage palms of hands. With broken jet massage back of hands.

Ask guest to slowly turn around

With broken cold jet spray all cover.

Treatment Time:
Actual treatment time: 10-12 minutes
20 minutes occupation for staff
5 minutes preparing room and instructing client
10-12 minutes treatments
5 minutes to dry off bringing guest to rest area

What is

Hydrotherapy is the use of water in professional treatments for the beautification and well being. Hydrotherapy includes any and all modalities using water for treatments.

Hydrotherapy Tub Treatment

What it does:
Relaxes the body, improves strength, strengthens the immune system, equalizes circulation and increases metabolism, improves digestion and elimination, enhances the penetration of additives in water (such as aromatherapy)

What is Thalassotherapy?

Thalassotherapy is the use of seawater or seaweed for beautification and therapeutic purposes.
What it does:
It helps to draw toxins out of the body and helps the skin to take in more oxygen.

What is a Vichy Shower?

A hydrotherapy device which has multiple shower heads. Can be used with a massage.
What it does:
Relaxing and stimulating the body (depending on temperature), removes treatment products, aids in circulation.

What is Aromatherapy?
Therapeutic use of aromatic essences from plants in treatments for beauty and well being.

What are Essential Oils?
Extractions from plants, flowers, stems, leaves, roots and bark. How Essential Oils work:
On the skin
They dissolve dead surface cells, improve texture, add softness, stimulate and tone.
On the nervous system
They calm and soothe the nerve endings, causes a sense of euphoria. On the glands
They have a soothing and sedative effect, toning and stimulating, they normalize glandular function. On the muscles
They relieve fatigue, reduces soreness and stiffness, improves resistance and elasticity of muscles.
On the blood and lymph
Increases metabolism and elimination of waste. Essential Oils can, and do effect the entire body.

1 The Basic Advantages of Hydrotherapy

. Hydrotherapy offers an early start in a (muscular) re-education program.
. Hydrotherapy offers treatments which are otherwise impossible.
. Hydrotherapy offers treatment of impairments like pain, decreased ROM, (Range of motion) decreased strength and stiffness.
. Hydrotherapy offers treatment of disabilities like change of position, holding a posture and walking.
. The combination of treatments of above mentioned impairments and disabilities using hydrotherapy is beyond comparison.
. Hydrotherapy automatically improves cardio-vascular and respiratory functions.
. Hydrotherapy positively influences overall as well as local metabolism. This reduces arousal, pain and stiffness.
. Hydrotherapy has therapeutic, prophylactic and cosmetic effects. C Hydrotherapy can easily be adapted to patient-specific needs and can simply be applied in a progressive way, from a non-weight-bearing to a full-weight-bearing programme.
. Hydrotherapy offers the possibility to handle even the very heavy patient with great ease.
. Specific hydrotherapy techniques and leisure activities can easily be combined to increase compliance of the patient.
. The patient is warm throughout the session.
. The physiotherapist can observe the total body and check e.g. body alignment.
2 Properties of Water and its
Therapeutic Values

2.1 FLUID MECHANIC PROPERTIES Upthrust or buoyancy

The pressure effect of gravity on the skeletal structures can be reduced down to only 10% as a consequence of Archimedes' law.

Therefore an extremely early start can be given to a re-education program.
Movements can be performed which are impossible on dry land. Further by varying the depth of a pool, using an adjustable floor, a progressive exercise and re-education program can be introduced. Hydrostatic pressure
The human body reacts to the increased pressure by dilating the small arterial blood vessels.

This automatically improves the overall blood-circulation and metabolism, which is an essential prerequisite to train body tissues. Viscose resistance or drag
Slow movements give rise to a limited drag, however the force required for fast movements increases with the speed squared.
The force/speed relationship obeys the rules of isokinetic training of muscle power.
Therefore the therapist has a very simple and appropriate tool at his disposal for progressive therapy.

Flow around the body can be increased to a large degree by using underwater-massage, jet-stream or Jacuzzi.
The pressure and flow effects can be used to relax hypertonic muscles and offer the possibility of strenghtening muscles.

Water is an excellent medium for applying temperature energy (warmth) and changes of temperature to the human body, both local and overall. The body reacts with an improvement of cardiac and respiratory functions and increased metabolic processes.
At the same time joint capsules are loosened, muscles are relaxed (muscle fibres as well as connective tissue) and a relief of pain is experienced.
Therefore the range of motion (ROM) increases and movements which are otherwise impossible can be done.

This temperature effect is enlarged by the mechanical effects. The mechanical and thermal effects of water evoke an overall positive reaction of the immersed patient.
This historically well known effect of relaxation and well-being is an important element in hydrotherapy.


With the patient in the bath and using water as an electrical conductor, a more diversified application of electro-galvanic treatment can be applied.
In contrast with dry-land applications, this mode of treatment can be used as an overall treatment.

Using additives like minerals or gasses like CO2 and O2, or mixing water with sea-algaes or mud, a complete new set of treatment modalities become available.