Your Wellness Spa: In a Whirl

Hydrotherapy at Spa Shiki

Healing Space: The hydrotherapy pool at Spa Shiki at the Lodge of Four Seasons, Lake Ozark, Missouri

Background and Benefits: Hydrotherapy lies at the very core of the spa industry—in fact, the word “spa” is an acronym for Salus or Sanitas Per Agua, Latin for “health via water.” The therapeutic aspects of water vary: Naturally occurring or added elements such as minerals and essential oils; strategic uses of hot and cold; and the force and movement of the water itself can all deliver dramatic benefits to the mind and body. Time-tested hydrotherapy techniques, combined with modern hydrotherapy equipment, enable today’s spas to bring the healing potential of this ancient modality to new heights.

About the Spa: Spa Shiki’s wellness-oriented approach, highly trained staff and thorough-yet-innovative treatment menu has earned it accolades as a standout in the Midwest. The 15,000-square-foot spa features eucalyptus-infused steam rooms, infrared saunas, an indoor-outdoor swimming pool and a salt-purified whirlpool (pictured). In addition to offering hydrotherapy as a standalone experience, the spa has incorporated it into its overall menu with experiences such the Japanese Cleansing Ritual (110 min./$235), the Hydro Tub & Massage Duet (50 min./$120) and the Hydro Tub with Marine Body Polish (75 min./$150). Aromatherapy, chroma light therapy and lymphatic work via more than 200 air and water jets raise the therapeutic value of the treatments. The spa’s menu of complementary and alternative modalities and therapies includes energy work; acupressure; cold laser work for tissue repair; cupping; and state-of-the-art analysis for detecting otherwise invisible blockages in the body—and prescribing protocols to address them. By all accounts, Spa Shiki lives up to its stated mission: “to enlighten guests on how to incorporate spa philosophy and treatment into everyday life.”


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