Reiki? Ayurveda? Hamam? If you don't know what they are, you might be missing out on a treatment for relaxation. This glossary should give you an idea of what kind of treatments are available to you. When you visit a health resort, the therapists and beauticians will probably offer a consultation and explain what each treatment is. However, it will help you choose the best package if you already know what will be included.
To find a term or treatment quickly, simply click on the letter below.
Massage technique where pressure is applied to acupuncture points releasing muscular tension.
Traditional Chinese treatment where needles are applied to points to balance the flow of energy.
Technique that helps align the head, neck and spine to reduce strain and tension on the body.
Treatments using products made from the honeybee (apis). Effective with reflexotherapy.
While floating in 35°C warm water, a therapist helps you to carry out passive and active movements.
By either inhaling, massaging or bathing in essential oils, emotional disorders are treated.
Indian Medicine combining physical treatment with meditation and spiritual methods for internal healing.
The body is wrapped in rich, nutrient substances or crèmes. Heat and humidity makes the skin absorptive.
Pebbly or uneven surface of the skin, caused by breaking down of collagen in the skin.
Used in face and body packs. Natural compounds rich in aluminium stimulate blood circulation.
Colours are used to harmonise, balance and soothe the body and mind. Effective for depression.
Deep Muscle Relaxation
Works by tensing muscles and then relaxing in order to experience a relaxation phase. (Six stages).
Heat helps to loosen tense muscles, stimulate metabolism and encourage breakdown of fat cells.
Using variable electric current/frequency, muscle groups can be toned or relaxed.
Small electrial currents are passed through a needle epilator to kill hair root, removing unwanted body hair.
Ancient Science of balancing elements within the environment to achieve an undisturbed flow of energy.
Relaxation, guided by a voice, and achieved by colours, music, aromatic vapours, and warm showers.
High concentration of salt supports the body whilst floating in water. Give the feeling of weightlessness.
Single sex Turkish Bath with pools, steam baths and special massage techniques.
Various non-medical therapies for healing, including homeopathy, acupuncture and nutritional therapy.
Hot Stone Therapy
Stones that hold heat are placed on points along the body meridians (paths) to help the flow of energy.
Holistic system combining different hydropathy applications such as showers, herbal baths and wading.
Lomi Lomi Massage
Rhythmical Hawaiian Massage technique using thumbs and elbows to loosen tissue and reduce tension.
Sponge made of strong fibres from a pumpkin-like fruit used for exfoliating.
Traditional Indonesian body treatment including aroma massage, yoghurt and herb packs and petal baths.
Electromagnetic fields can treat a variety of conditions e.g. circulatory problems, arthritus and stress.
Two therapists work simultaniously whilst massaging the body to create a highly pleasurable treatment.
Emphasis on the 'higher consciousness', whilst discovering the inner self. Helpful in stress management.
Fine-grained, natural sediments usually from the sea provide warmth and nutrients to the body and skin.
Exercise system based on 8 principles. Improves flexibility and strength, and leads to relaxation.
Various types of mud are applied to the body for detoxifying effects, then rinsed off after a steambath.
Ancient Chinese technique usually on the feet, helps many health conditions by pressing pressure points.
Japanese treatment where therapist places their hands on client's body to stimulate energy channelling.
Japanese form of acupressure, where pressure points are stimulated with finger tips to release energy.
Hot steam is released through vents to produce moisture, and results in humidity of 60°C.
Ancient Chinese method of slow, flowing movements regualting energy flow in the body.
No oils are used, so the client can remain dressed. Stretching movements are performed beforehand.
The buoyancy of the water supports the body while low impact exercises are conducted under the water.
Increases flexibility by combining body and mind with prescribed movements. Breath control is important.
Self-massage technique to cure tension in muscles. Brings out mental relaxation.
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