Spa Treatment Glossary
Welcome to our current selection of spa treatment glossary. Below you will discover our complete list of spa treatments with an option to refine this list by alphabets.
Spa Treatment Glossary - A
is soothing massage performed by one or two therapists who drizzle warm herbalized oil on the body, then massage it in with brisk, often long and flowing movements.
unblocking energy by stimulating particular pressure points on the body using fingerpoint massage.
an ancient Oriental healing technique based on Taoist philosophy. The aim is to balance the energy meridians to permit the body to 'heal itself '. A relatively painless technique, acupuncture can be administered using needles, low-voltage electric current (electro-acupuncture), or through pinpoint massage (acupressure).
also known as a Vichy Shower, affusion uses jets of sea water to massage the body at variable strengths. Can be combined with a manual massage
is method of re-educating the mind and body to improve movement. The focus is on applying the appropriate amount of energy for each activity in order to improve posture and balance, and to eliminate stress-inducing habits.
application of seaweed or algae
product or treatment that combats or defends against the ageing process.
aerobic exercises in a swimming pool using the buoyancy and resistance of the water.
use of essential oils from natural sources in an ancient practice of pressure-point massage. The inhaled aroma induces relaxation.
name for the positions adopted in yoga
an ancient Indian practice using herbs, essential oils, nutrition, massage and meditation to balance mind and body.
Spa Treatment Glossary - B
Bach Flower Therapy
extracts of flowers are used to promote healing and calm the senses
general term for bathing treatments, often using therapeutic mineral waters or vapour baths
Body Composition Analysis
used to analyse body fat and muscle mass to help create a weight loss, exercise and nutrition programme
exfoliation treatment, removing dead skin cells and massaging and polishing the skin, using natural oils, sea salt, brushes or loofahs
application of a traditional healing paste, originally used by Balinese rice farmers and containing natural herbs, spices and crushed roots, usually combined with a therapeutic massage
Spa Treatment Glossary - C
Roman-style hot steam room, which can be infused with aromatic herbs
low-voltage facial massage which cleans, hydrates and oxygenates the deep skin layers, reducing impurities and helping acne
the seven chakras are the body's energy centres, according to yogic theory, with treatments to unblock the chakras helping to promote wellbeing
cold pool dip following a hot treatment
water enema to cleanse and detoxify the colon to prevent toxins re-entering the blood stream.
gentle massage of the head and neck to release tension and restore balance.
water, steam and mud treatment
a spiritual healing using crystals or agates to draw out imbalanced energy from various parts of the body.
energy and circulation-improving technique using cups heated to create a vacuum and placed on selected parts of the body
Spa Treatment Glossary - D
Dead Sea Therapy
mineral-rich mud from the Dead Sea used to cleanse and detoxify. Also used in the treatment of muscle stress, arthritis and rheumatism.
Deep Tissue Massage
vigorous deep muscle massage, usually used for sporting injuries
ayurvedic term for the main body functions or humours, consisting of vata dynamic force, pitta thermal force and kapha binding force. Ayurvedic medicine aims to balance the three doshas
is the technique of using a large towel or sheet to keep you covered while you're getting a massage
preparatory treatment sometimes used prior to a massage, wrap or body scrub, using a dry natural-bristle brush to stimulate the body's circulation and remove dead skin
Dry Flotation Bed
the body is covered in a mud or algae wrap, cocooned and lowered into warm water.
also known as 4 hands massage is a synchronised massage by two therapists.
Spa Treatment Glossary - E
is a gliding stroke used in Swedish massage and facials. Effleurage can take place over large surfaces (the back, arms, legs, chest) or small surfaces (the face, throat and hands). The pressure and speed of effleurage varies based on the area and what the massage therapist or esthetician is trying to achieve.
treatments that use a low voltage electric current, usually to stimulate the muscles or promote circulation
French-style cellulite-reducing massage using a rolling machine and vacuum
removal of dead skin cells, using special brushes or loofahs and the application of oils, water or sea salt
Spa Treatment Glossary - F
application of mineral muds, which can be mixed with water or oil, used to improve circulation, soothe muscles and remove impurities
darkened tank where the body floats freely in a salt water or Epsom salt pool
Four hands massage
also known as Duo massage is a synchronised massage by two therapists.
Spa Treatment Glossary - G
an effective exfoliation method, using a thinly applied cream which is then gently rubbed off, removing dead skin cells as it peels away
Spa Treatment Glossary - H
Turkish-style steam bath, often a communal set of warm, hot and cool rooms. Can be combined with an exfoliating body scrub and vigorous massage. Can sometimes be used to refer to a conventional steam room
strips of cloth are soaked in a warm herbal mix and wrapped around the body to remove toxins, relax and de-stress the recipient
complementary medicine system using highly diluted natural substances, which in greater quantities would cause symptoms akin to those the patient is experiencing
pool with high-pressure massaging water jets
method of stimulating the blood and lymphatic system by using high pressure hoses under water.
catch-all term describing all water-based treatments
Spa Treatment Glossary - I
Indian Head Massage
essential oils that are massaged with the fingers and the "heel" of the hand on the crown of the head. Particularly effective with focused meditation.
thalassotherapy technique using seawater charged with negative ions and inhaled or sprayed to help respiration
Spa Treatment Glossary - J
also known as Mandi Lulur, this herb, flower and yoghurt rub is often then followed by a flower petal bath
massage shower applied by a therapist using a high pressure hose to promote circulation and soothe the muscles
Spa Treatment Glossary - K
diagnosis of muscle weakness through allergies or nutritional deficiencies
herbal bath treatment using special minerals in different temperatures of water, complemented by a specific diet and exercise programme
Indian yogic techniques focusing on the spine and metabolism
Spa Treatment Glossary - L
Roman-style dry heat sauna
massage to relax and revitalize using hot and cold stones on a well-oiled skin.
Hawaiian massage using hands, forearms and elbows, rocking the body with long strokes
gentle rhythmic massage to release trapped toxins and drain areas of water retention
Spa Treatment Glossary - M
two-person 'four hands' massage
also known as Javanese Lulur is an ancient therapy involving a mask of flowers, herbs and spices that is allowed to dry then buffed and rinsed in yogurt. Usually precedes a jasmine or rose petal bath.
Marma Point Massage
form of ayurvedic treatment concentrating on the marma points on the shoulders and head area, aiming to help hearing and sight
meditation has many forms but all are based on the concentration of an object, sound or belief whilst controlling the breathing. A powerful antidote to stress and anxiety.
Spa Treatment Glossary - N
Nuat Phaen Boran
traditional Thai deep and stretching massage, used for more than 2,000 years in the Far East. Distinct from most other massage disciplines, Thai massage does not use any oils and the recipient is clothed in light pyjamas or robes
Spa Treatment Glossary - O
circulation stimulant using a jet of ozone bubbles onto the body while immersed in thermal or seawater.
Spa Treatment Glossary - P
treatments using plant extracts, including floral, herbal, seaweed, algae and essential oil ingredients
combines breathing and stretching exercises to relax, tone and strengthen the body
Spa Treatment Glossary - Q
Spa Treatment Glossary - R
mud packs are self-applied over the body in a special steam chamber where the minerals are slowly absorbed by the body
yoga technique of breathing and meditation to clear the mind thus achieving profound relaxation.
traditional Chinese therapy that massages individual pressure points on the feet, ears and hands to encourage energy flow and benefit distinct areas of the body
traditional Japanese therapy whereby the practitioner hovers their hands over the body to promote energy flow and healing
mineral-enriched communal pool with inbuilt seating
Spa Treatment Glossary - S
also known as Body Glow or Turkish Scrub is an exfoliating scrub using coarse salt, essential oils and water followed by a shower and the application of body lotion.
wood-lined dry heat room, to encourage the body to open its pores and sweat out toxins, relax and de-stress. Combined with cold showers
also known as JetBlitz or Jet Shower is a standing hydromassage using a high pressure hose of alternating hot and cold water.
Japanese therapy using finger-point acupressure to encourage healthy energy flow
ayurvedic treatment using warm oil poured slowly over the central forehead to promote balance and calm
aerobics workout using static fitness bicycles
specifically-targeted deep tissue massage for sporting injuries or to ease strains
tiled room filled with steam to open and cleanse the pores
aerobic class using a small step to exercise on
one of the most widely-used massage systems, using five main types of long, strong strokes along with massage oils to soothe the muscles and promote flexibility
Spa Treatment Glossary - T
Chinese 'soft' martial art, with elegant set movement patterns and controlled breathing exercises
traditional deep and stretching massage used for more than 2,000 years in the Far East. Also known as Nuat Phaen Boran. Distinct from most other massage disciplines, Thai massage does not use any oils and instead the recipient is clothed in light pyjamas or robes
seawater therapies, often with mineral-rich marine extracts or seaweeds added
Tui Na Massage
a Chinese therapy using deep hands-on, digital pressure to relieve pain and restore balance.
Spa Treatment Glossary - U
high-frequency sound waves to soothe tired muscles
Spa Treatment Glossary - V
also known as affusion, a Vichy Shower uses jets of sea water to massage the body at variable strengths. Can be combined with a manual massage
treatment that combines thermal spring water, oligo-elements with wine and grape extracts to strengthen blood vessels and enhance micro-circulation.
Spa Treatment Glossary - W
Japanese shiatsu finger massage performed while the recipient floats in warm water
Spa Treatment Glossary - X
Spa Treatment Glossary - Y
practice originally developed in India, using postures and controlled breathing to stretch and tone the body, improve circulation, calm the central nervous system and bring about a meditative and whole state of being.
literally translated to "yogic sleep", it is a state between waking and sleep, practiced in total relaxation where awareness is progressively withdrawn from the external world and focused inward on the body, inducing a heightened threshold of rest, release and receptivity. The brain is completely awake and open to "sankalpa", an intention or resolution to reshape one's personality or direction in life through positive repetition.