After a head-to-toe massage and a light, dry brushing of the skin, I found myself lying face-down on a massage table, covered in a layer of towels and with a large metal arm with eight or more shower heads hovering above me.

After a head-to-toe massage and a light, dry brushing of the skin, I found myself lying face-down on a massage table, covered in a layer of towels and with a large metal arm with eight or more shower heads hovering above me.

PJ, a massage therapist at Woodhouse Day Spa, asked if I was ready. First, 100-degree water would rain down on me for almost three minutes; then, it would be switched to 60 degrees for 15 seconds.

"I'm doing it for the readers!" I told him. And now I'll tell you, readers: The Vichy shower is an energizing experience unlike most you'll have in a spa.

It has the same revitalizing effect of soaking in a hot tub and then jumping in a pool, but with a lot less effort and way more comfort. You'll emerge feeling moisturized (it's followed by an application of shea butter) and light on your toes.

The Rainfall Refresher ($50) is just one of several treatments available at The Woodhouse that incorporate the Vichy shower, and it's part of a menu of "experiences" designed to give you a relaxing escape.

Options range from manicures to massages, facials and anti-aging treatments. All-day packages are Woodhouse's signature service.

And believe me, it would be a very nice way to spend a day. Every appointment in the dark-wood-covered, two-story spa begins with a fluffy white robe, some time in the "Quiet Room" and the choice of a beverage, including delicious teas. Slow, soothing music fills all of the rooms and hallways.

"I want it to feel more like an old Victorian home than anything else," said owner Alan Reuter. "If you're going to have something, have the best."