I’m currently designing a bath remodel for a client in Washington DC with back problems. Her initial thought was a whirlpool-type jetted tub to help with her frequent pain. She had only used whirlpools in hotels and spas; she had not experienced the bi-monthly cleaning requirements (and the mold and bacteria that spews from jets that aren’t cleaned frequently. When she learned that she would be required to flush the jets twice monthly with a combination of bleach and dishwasher detergent, she became less enamored with one in her home.
I suggested body jets in the shower as an alternative. Because they don’t recycle water, they don’t have similar cleaning requirements but do offer a variety of therapeutic pulse and spray options.
Some sprays lie almost flush with the wall (first image) and don’t offer much in the way of adjustment. Others extend beyond the wall and can be rotated to hit just the right spot and have adjustments for different pulse or spray options.
Custom configurations, like the image below left, are infinitely variable but significantly increase plumbing costs. You can also purchase shower units that require only a single plumbing connection allowing you to replace an existing shower combination without needing to re-tile the bathroom, like the image below right and the one below it.
And of course, the prefabricated towers can be found in both modern and more traditional designs. Here’s another example below with even more features.
Steam showers – custom or prefabricated like the one below – combine the variety of jets with an enclosed steam room providing the benefits of both heat and massage.