of major Massage & Spa Terms
Acupressure is an ancient Chinese healing method that involves applying
pressure to meridian points on the body to relieve pain. Acupressure
relaxes muscular tension and balances the vital life forces of the
body. By using deep but gentle finger pressure on specific points
the blocked energy starts to release, allowing your body/mind to relax.
The use of volatile plant oils, including essential oils, for psychological
and physical wellbeing. Aromatherapy is based on the theory that organic
matter can have healing properties. The preparations must be true
essential oils and not synthetic; otherwise they are useless. In addition
to their effect on mood, essential oils have healing properties for
This Indian philosophy maintains that health is a state of balance
between the body, mind, senses and the soul. In western medicine only
the body is treated while the mind, senses and soul are largely ignored.
Any infirmity at these levels is recognized as an illness in Ayurvedic
Body Rub/ Exfoliation
A skin treatment where the upper layer of dead skin cells is sloughed
off using a variety of techniques and combinations of sea salt, essential
oils, water, skin brush or loofah. It is crucial that the therapist
balances the treatment so that the skin is gently exfoliated without
stripping off essential moisture.
Body wraps cocoon you in hot, wet linen sheets, over wrapped with
Mylar or cotton blankets. Sometimes a wrap simply consists of sheets
steeped in herbal formulas, seaweed or it can follow a mineral mud.
Cool compresses should be applied to your forehead to keep your temperature
from climbing too high. Not for the very claustrophobic. The mildly
claustrophobic can leave their arms outside the wrap.
Deep massage is an intense massage directed to individual muscle fibers
and is both corrective and therapeutic. It unsticks the muscle fibers
while releasing deep tensions and removing toxins and re-educating
the muscle to operate at full capacity. Creates a prolonged state
of reduced muscular tension by applying deep muscle compression and
cross fiber friction to increase blood and lymphatic flow.
or 4 Handed Massage
Two therapists massage you at the same time. This experience can be
quite intense and relaxing.
Extractions from plants can affect the entire body. They work:
On the skin
by dissolving dead surface cells, improving texture, adding softness,
stimulating and toning.
On the nervous
system by calming and soothing the nerve endings, causing a sense
of euphoria. They normalize glandular function.
On the muscles
by relieving fatigue, reducing soreness and stiffness, improving resistance
and elasticity of muscles.
On the blood
and lymph by increasing metabolism and elimination of waste.
Exfoliation helps to smooth and clear the skin of dulling dead cells
and debris. The treatment can either be chemical or physical.
All facials have some basic procedures in common: cleansing, surface-impurity
extraction, exfoliating, toning and moisturizing. In getting a facial
your skin will be cleansed of makeup and dirt. Then an exfoliant will
be massaged lightly into your skin. Then a toner will be patted or
misted on to refine the pores; this may be applied before or after
the moisturizing step. Moisturizing may be accomplished with a masque,
or with lotions that are removed after only a few minutes. A facial
massage helps to firm, tone and relax the muscles.
Therapeutic massage is one of the best, most non-invasive, and enjoyable
forms of health, fitness, and general wellness therapy available today.
Human touch as a form of therapy can positively affect all of the
body's systems simultaneously without any unpleasant side-effects.
Foot and Hand Reflexology is based on the premise that there are zones
and reflex areas in the feet and hands which correspond to all body
parts. Applying specific pressures using thumb, finger and hand techniques,
reduce stress causing a physiological change in the body.
Sea salt rich in trace minerals is mixed with warm massage oil to
exfoliate the top layers of dead skin from the whole body (except
for the face). It leaves your skin moist, glowing, and satin-smooth.
It is slightly stimulating and is a good way to finish after a day
of relaxing treatments.
/ Steam Room
Renewed vigor and vitality, Muscle relaxation, Increased energy levels
and stamina, Sensory enhancement and softer skin, Greater resistance
to illness, An improved sense of total well-being. Sauna raises your
body temperature, which makes your blood vessels dilate and increases
circulation. The increase in circulation helps your immune system
empty toxins and waste from your blood stream and the increase in
circulation also speeds up your metabolism.
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