Thalassa treatments include Underwater Shower, in which the client lies in a bath-tub filled with sea-water and the hydro-therapist massages the whole body with a jet, and Affusion
Sculpture Massage, a relaxing manual massage with a balm of essential oils under a fine shower of tiny drops of sea-water that reproduce the effects of sea spray.
Whitsitt noted the import of the (commonly ascribed) quote from Wyclif regarding the multiplicity of appropriate manners of baptism in the fourteenth century, including immersion and affusion
. (59) Recent Baptist histories have continued to include mention of Wyclif, albeit with different emphases.
Many of the early Baptists, however, were persons who already professed Christian faith, but repudiated the baptism they had received as infants and received a new baptism, initially by triune affusion
, and, by the 1640s, by immersion.
Apparently, the "how" of baptism--the mode of affusion
or immersion--was not an issue in this first Baptist church.
To fulfill such a purpose, total immersion was essential, for affusion
symbolized none of these things.
These include: application of water to the body with hands accompanied by light rubbing (ablutions); application of water in the form of a gentle pour (affusions
); application of falling water 'at some force' so mechanical pressure effects are also elicited (douches); 'mid-range' falling water application (showers); diffused shower (sprays); application of cool to cold wet towelling surrounded by an insulating layer (compress or wet packs); application of warm to hot wet towelling surrounded by insulating layer (compress or fomentations); submersion of some part of the body in water (baths); and exposure of all or part of the body to steam (steam vapours).