Since our school-aged peeps have gone back to school, maybe it’s our turn to brush up on a little spa education? The Westin Spa has provided a super helpful spa-centric vocabulary list to get us started.
There won’t be a quiz later on, but the list will certainly help to cultivate your understanding of standard spa practices and massage techniques.
Part of traditional Chinese medicine in which tiny, fine needles are lightly inserted in the skin to increase the flow of energy and help the body heal itself.
A method of realigning the body to improve posture, relieve tension and realign the internal organs.
Aerobic exercises performed in a pool using the support and resistance of the water to burn fat, strengthen bones, and increase cardiovascular activity. The buoyancy of the water reduces the chance of injuring joints or muscles.
Treatments such as massage, facials, body wraps, or hydrobaths that include the application of fragrant essential oils, each used for a specific therapeutic benefit.
One of the oldest medical disciplines in the world. Founded in India and now stretching worldwide, it incorporates a variety of techniques from meditation to massage, diet and herbal medicines.
The use of underwater massage to stimulate, massage and relieve tension in the body.
A powerful, complementary, non-intrusive therapy, which is used in aiding the body to help heal itself of aches and pains.
Low-voltage electrical stimulation of facial area used to oxygenate the skin, stimulate and revitalize circulation.
A gentle therapy that focuses on the connection between the skull and the base of the spine, and helps release trapped spinal fluid.
The use of crystals to help highlight and draw out imbalanced energies from the body.
Dead sea mud treatment
An application of mineral-rich mud from the Dead Sea. Used to detoxify skin and body, and to ease painful symptoms of rheumatism and arthritis.
A brushing of the skin with a natural-bristle brush to remove dead skin and impurities while stimulating circulation, part of the preparation for massage, wraps or body masks.
A process by which the top layer of dead skin cells is sloughed off the face or body via dry-brushing, scrubs, or other exfoliation techniques.