Glossary

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Acne Facial

This is for acne-prone people. It will clarify, normalize, and balance the skin by managing excess secretion and dead skin, all of which cause breakouts.

Acupressure Facial

In an Accupressure Facial a face massage technique is used that targets 50 energy areas in the muscles of the face and skin in order to slow wrinkling. It is administered by hand and mainly uses the tips of the masseuse’s finger tips to massage. The face has a complex muscular structure. Each facial muscle is constantly busy performing a multitude of movements. Consider the full range of emotions, movements and expressions your face makes every day. Even as you dream your facial muscles are working. When facial muscles are massaged and exercised regularly, all the metabolic processes are stimulated, which means facial circulation is improved, capillaries are strengthened, the facial lymph system is cleansed and the skin becomes blemish-free. Whatever your skin type, it will respond to facial massage positively, because massage keeps the collagen and elastin fibers wet and warm which encourages and stimulates their growth. With each facelift massage, the toning benefits increase because muscles have memory.

Acupuncture

This is a Chinese healing technique related to Taoist philosophical beliefs dating back to over five thousand years ago. It is the insertion of an extremely find needle in key points on the surface of the body. The treatment will induce better physiological functioning. According to Shen Nung, the father of Chinese Medicine, the body has an energy force running through it known as Qi, or “chee”. Qi travels through meridians within the body. By manipulating the meridians at the points where they come to the skin’s surface, an unbalanced Qi can be fixed and heal the patient.

Algotherapy

This is a form of thalassotherapy where thin layers of warm seaweed are placed on the skin. Infrared lighting is used during this treatment in order to hold the warmth of the seaweed. This treatment reduces pain and is an anti-inflammatory method.

Anti-cellulite

This awakens and improves the cellular metabolism by the use of certain creams and viles containing herbal and marine ingredients to decrease water retention. This delivers oxygen and detoxifies the body by enhancing the skins overall aspect and texture.

Alexander Technique

This massage was created by F.M. Alexander to correct posture or unbalanced movements that are the cause of bodily stress.

Anti-Stress Massage

This is a relaxation massage that diminishes stress through several manual techniques.

Aromatherapy

This is when low t medium pressure is used in massage and it is sometimes combined with Swedish, Shiatsu and Reflexology techniques with therapeutic essential oils.

Ayuverdic Massage

This is a basic name for the breakdown of 6 different types of massage based off of Ayurveda, which is a traditional folk medicine from India.

1. Abhyanga: herbal oil massage individually tailored to the client’s needs, it goes into the skin and realizes tension.

2. Vishesh: deep muscular tissue massage that improves client’s circulation.

3. Pizichili: herbal oil massage conducted simultaneously by 2 therapists. As the therapist massages, the oil is continuously poured over them client.

4. Udyartina: deep massage that uses herbal paste instead of oil. This adds an exfoliating element.

5. Shiro-Ahhyanga-Nasya: this combines a massage of the head, neck, and shoulders to a facial massage. After the massage, the client deeply inhales aromatic steam.

6. Prinda Sweden: This serves 2 purposes: to relax and to deeply cleanse the individual’s skin. The therapist massages a mixture of milk-boiled rice and herbs into the joints and tissues of the client. This relaxes and cleanses the client.

Ayurvedic Medicine

This is an ancient Indian way of preventative health care. The way it is determined is through three biological principals called doshas:

Vata, regulates movement;

Pitta, regulates metabolism;

and Kapha, regulates structure. In order to balance these elements, practitioners will use techniques like nutritional adjustment, massage, and meditation.

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Bach Cures

This heals with floral essences and oils. Bach Flower therapy is a unique medicine system that can change very subtle emotional and psychological states of being. Terror, depression, anxiety, irritability, intolerance, lack of confidence, hatred or selfishness… two drops thrice a day of the right remedy can uproot such deep-seated personality traits. And, in the process, heal the body.

Basti

This is introducing liquids like medicated oils, herbal concoctions and milk through an enema. This disposes of toxins that accumulate in the lower part of the body.

Bindi

This is a body treatment that mixes exfoliation, herbal treatment, and light massage techniques. Based on the original healing science of India, the Bindi skin care products help the mind as much as they exfoliate the skin. Their motto centers around the idea that beauty on the outside can only be achieved in conjunction with beauty on the inside.

Bio Energetics

Supporters of bioenergetics believe the body “records” negative emotional reactions and stores them in the form of muscle tension and stiffness, poor posture, and low energy levels. To release these trapped emotions and return the body and mind to a balanced, healthy, peaceful state, patients must first release muscle tension and correct physical imbalances. They further claim bioenergetics can offer relief from the side effects of cancer treatment and even strengthen the body’s ability to fight disease, although there is no scientific evidence to support this claim. Bioenergetics therapists use a combination of psychotherapy, gentle body movements, massage, deep breathing, and exercises that involve crying, screaming and kicking in an effort to help patients “release” their emotional memories. The therapy may also include aspects of traditional Chinese medicine, biofeedback, herbal medicine, homeopathy, and nutrition

Biofeedback

The mind and body are strongly connected. At certain medical spas, biofeedback is used to teach clients how to improve their health and daily performance by means of monitoring certain involuntary functions of the body. Heart rate and blood pressure are monitored using a machine. This allows the client to gain awareness over them. Biofeedback has treated hypertension and migraine headaches among other things.

Blood Letting (Rakta Moksha)

Blood letting is used to eliminate toxins that are absorbed into the bloodstream through the gastrointestinal tract. This process purifies the blood. It is used for disorders such as repeated attacks of skin disorders such as urticaria, rash, eczema, acne, scabies, leucoderma, chronic itching, and hives. It was also found effective for enlarged liver and spleen, and for gout.

Blood letting, which should only be administered by a qualified physician, is useful to relieve several pitta disorders such as acne and rash. If administered properly, it stimulates the antitoxic substances in the blood stream, thus developing the immune mechanism in the blood system.

Do not administer blood letting in cases of anemia, edema, and weakness or to very old and very young persons.

Brossage

This treatment uses salicylic salt as a polish that is brushed on to the skin. Taking away layers of dead skin and smoothing out rough patches a brossage treatment is perfect for sensitive and rough skin.

Brush and Tone Skin Treatment.

This exfoliating skin treatment uses dry brushes in order to remove the top layers of dead skin and improve circulation. Oftentimes, this treatment is used as a preparation for a mud or seaweed body masque.

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Cathiodermic Skin Treatment

This skin treatment uses a low electrical current to revitalize, give oxygen to, and deeply cleanse the skin. Almost entirely painless, this treatment is growing in popularity.

Chemical Peel

This will remove the top layer of the skin and expose fresh skin. It is intended to treat lines, scars, discolorations, and sun damage. Strength needs are determined by the different skin conditions. A different amount of recovery time exists for each type of peel. Three chemical most often used:

Alphahydroxy Acid: most superficial

Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA): medium peel goes deeper.

Carbolic Acid: most sever and many states require a doctor to do the procedure

Chi Kung

This is a breathing exercise where the energy is recharged through breathing and body movements. There are three different types of Chi Kung breathing; all of which are specific to a certain outcome. There are breathing exercises for energy, relaxation and happiness.

Chiropractic Medicine

Chiropractors help clients with musculoskeletal issues restore their health and treat certain issues. The medical spa method of to this technique uses traditional adjustments and less compromising like aromatherapy massage and stretching. There are a variety of solutions for a variety of health complaints.

Clear Skin Laser Facial

This facial intends to reduce acne, blemishes, cysts, as well as control oil production. Each program can be tailored to individual needs.

Collagen Replacements

Sun, age, and even life factors can remove the natural collagen layer from the skin’s surface, causing wrinkles to form. The collagen layer can be replaced by injecting laboratory-grown collagen, along with other fillers, into the skin. Here are three of the most effective collagen replacement products:

Zyplast: Consists of bovine collagen which requires a skin path test to determine any allergic reactions before full treatment.

Cosmoplast: Consists of human collagen, making it more like actual collagen. There is no pre-test required. It is slightly more expensive than Zyplast.

Restylane: This stabilized form of Hyaluronic Acid, along with a naturally occurring acid in living organisms is a key component if the skin. It has been proven to be far less allergy-related.

Connective Tissue Massage

This is also called myofascial release. It is intended to rebalance the body as it releases tension in the fascia, which is the superficial and middle-level connective tissue of the muscles. Then pressure is applied to open, lengthen, and moisture these layers of fascia. This allows the body more freedom to move.

Cool Touch Laser

This “Dermal Shock” wrinkle treatment will pass the skin’s outer layers and stimulate the formulation of collagen, softening wrinkles and acne scars.

Cranial Sacral

This is a slight traction and pressure on the scalp and spine to release tension and restore symmetry. It is found to be really beneficial for people who have migraines, TMJ, and sinus problems.

Crystal Healing

This is a healing energy that generates quartz and other minerals. Crystals are widely-known to contain electromagnetic energies, similar to the human body. This electromagnetic magnetism can draw imbalanced energy out of the human body.

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Dead Sea Mud Treatment

This is a treatment that uses the mud from the Dead Sea area of Israel. This specific mud, which is high in minerals, is put directly on the body. The mud detoxifies the body, easing pain from arthritis or rheumatism.

Dermabrasion

Dermabrasion is a procedure designed to smooth either the whole face or just an area of the face. Through controlled surgical “sanding” of the damaged skin, dermabrasion allows smoother, younger-looking skin to form.

Dulse Scrub Skin Treatment

This treatment mixes powdered dulse seaweed along with oil or water. It is rubbed onto the body, exfoliating the skin by removing layers. It also provides minerals and vitamins to the skin.

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Esalen

This is a type of massage that combines Swedish and sensory relaxation massage techniques to harmonize the body while releasing tension.

European Facial

This treatment uses deep- cleansing, exfoliating, and steam treatments along with a massage of the face, shoulders, and chest, followed by a hydrating spa facial masque.

Euro-Stone Facial

This is an aromatherapy facial with the 5 elements of Color Therapy. Because of normal lymphatic drainage from the warm stones massage techniques, stress dissolves. Negative energies are neutralized. Some benefits of this facial are relaxation, de-stressing, radiant, healthy complexion, and circulation and moisture to the skin.

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Facial Massage

This firm massage on specific areas of the face allows for blood, oxygen, and proteins to reach the face. As a result, the tone and muscular development of the face will become more firm and attractive.

Facial Sensitive

This intense treatment has anti-inflammatory and non-irritant qualities; it is intended for use on sensitive skin types. These skin types may not tolerate certain cosmetics, and they may show signs of flaking and pre-mature aging.

Facial Shock

Because of its moisturizing agents, this anti-aging treatment reaffirms and vitalizes the face and neck area. This will also regenerate the collagen in the body, improvising microcirculation.

Facial with Collagen

This treatment is for dry, unattended and devitalized skin. It is done by a thorough regeneration via a special layer that acts as a second skin because of its close contact. As a result, the skin is deeply dehydrated.

Fango Skin Treatment

This treatment involves covering the entire body with mud. Mud or, Fango in Italian, cleanses, detoxifies, nourishes, and soothes the skin. Some clients have even found that their muscular and arthritic pain is relieved after this treatment.

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Glycolic Facial

This treatment uses a chemical to break down the cellular bond that holds dry skin to a person’s face. In other words, this treatment is a rapid exfoliation of the face.

Glyco-Peeling

This skin treatment uses alpha-hydroxyl peeling through the use of different acids from fruit. It reduces age spots and age lines, controls acne, improves complexion, and revitalizes the skin.

Golden Spoons

This is an anti-wrinkle facial program that stimulates the facial muscles and helps with the absorption of creams or lotions.

Gommage

This is similar to a massage, however, it involves rubbing creams into the client’s skin, leaving the skin cleansed and moisturized.

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Herbal Wrap

This treatment tends to last between 30 and 40 minutes. Linen sheets are soaked in herbs and then tightly wrapped around the body. When the client’s body is completely wrapped, it is covered with a blanket and then cold compresses are put on the client’s head to maintain their comfort. Though commonly used for circulation stimulation, this treatment also detoxifies and relaxes the client. The client’s body temperature will elevate, along with their heart rate and blood pressure; it is not a suggested that people with heart conditions or high blood pressure get an Herbal Wrap.

Hellerwork

This treatment was discovered by Joseph Heller. It involves 11 deep tissue massages to realign the body while reducing stress and tension. Not only is it a physical treatment, it also is a mental treatment that uses dialogues to help clients recognize their emotional stress.

Homeopathy

This is a very methodical therapy in which uses small doses of specifically prepared natural ingredients in order to fuel the healing processes of illness and daily plights. Each treatment is based on the entire body and qualities of the person receiving treatment, not on conventional medicinal diagnoses.

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IPL Laser Treatment

This treatment is intended for wrinkle reduction. It’s a non-invasive, anesthesia-free, procedure. The tissue under the skin is heated with intense, pulsating light waves. This then stimulates new collagen growth from cells that no longer function as effectively due to sun damage or age. The results may not appear for 60 days.

IPL Photo Rejuvenation

A fairly new treatment to treat blotchiness, Roseacea, small broken blood vessel, and other skin problems. There is no recovery time; it uses a laser-like utensil which gives out light that is then absorbed by problem area.

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Japanese Facial

This is an acupressure treatment on the face; the skin of the face and scalp is lifted and toned. It is believed to maintain a youthful appearance through repeated treatments.

Jin Shin Jyutsu

This physio-philosophy is the ancient art of harmonizing body, mind and spirit with gentle touch. It facilitates balance in the body’s energy systems, which promotes health and well being. Jin Shin Jyutsu is an invaluable complement to conventional healing methods, inducing relaxation, reducing the effects of stress, and assisting our innate healing capacity.

Jin Shin Acupressure Massage

This acupressure massage uses gentle, yet forceful pressure on the same energy points used in accupunture. Jin Shin uses traditional pressure with body-focusing massage exercises intended to aid in the client’s release tension. There are no oils used during the massage session, this treatment has been found to boost the immune system.

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Kinesitherapy

Kinesitherapy, also known as physiotherapy, involves the active or passive movement of various parts of the body, and aids in circulation and improving muscle tone. Kinesitherapy is an essential part of rehabilitation which treats movement as a therapeutic agent. The movement is determined by therapeutic exercises, which are a physiological way of impacting not only the exercised body part, but also the whole body through reflexes. Kinesitherapy helps patients to recover full articular mobility, increase muscle strength, and improve the efficiency of circulation and respiration.
There are different exercises that are used in Kinesitherapy. Passive exercise in performed by another person (therapist, or family member) or by a special apparatus that stimulates the muscles to work. Active exercise with relieved pressure is performed independently by the patient in a system of blocks that relieve the weight of an exercised limb. Isometric exercise is when the muscle is actively tensed without moving the joint. To improve the work of joints and muscles free active exercise is performed independently with the weight of ones own limbs or torso. Lastly, breathing exercised is used to improve the operation of the respiratory system and for oxidation of the blood, thus influencing the metabolic process in cells and other bodily systems.

Many methods and techniques are used in kinesitherapy. A specialist – orthopedic surgeon, neurologist, neurosurgeon, rheumatologist, gives referrals for kinesitherapy treatments while the physiotherapist carries out the selection of appropriate techniques and kinesitherapy methods.

KTP Laser

This vascular laser treatment improves the dialated capillaries and sun spots that appear on the face, neck, chest, hands, arms, trunk, and legs. Recovery time varies from each individual.

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Laser Hair Removal

This is permanent reduction of hair growth, According to the FDA, the term “removal” can’t be used, rather reduction. A laser light targets the melanin in hair follicles. This procedure works best on fair-skinned, dark-haired people.

Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser skin treatments, or laser skin resurfacing is a rapidly growing field of cosmetic medicine, a laser will exfoliate the client’s older skin cells, replacing them with newer, younger skin.

Light Therapy

This is when light is used as a treatment for physical disease all the way to psychological disorders. In dermatology, ultraviolet (UV) light therapy is used to treat rashes, psoriasis, other skin disorders, and jaundice. Outpatient treatment for psoriasis usually requires three treatment sessions per week until the skin clears, which takes about seven weeks.

Loofah Body Scrub

This skin treatment exfoliates the skin while improving your circulation. This full body massage is done with a loofah sponge and a mix of sea salts and warm almond or avocado oil.

Lomi lomi

Lomi Lomi is one of the most profound forms of massage. The word Lomi Lomi means “massage”. It is a unique healing massage derived from the ancient Polynesians and more specifically the master healers of Hawaii.

Lulur

This is an Indonesian body treatment traditionally involving a massage, an exfoliation using spices, grains or seeds, followed by a hot shower to open the pores. The body may be then rubbed with yogurt and soaked in a scented, essential oil infused leisurely bath.

Lymphatic drainage

Lymphatic Drainage is a special type of massage, using specific pressure, which stimulates the lymph system to remove waste and build the body’s defenses. A lymphatic drainage massage will normally take around 1 hour and it is recommended to help many conditions, including: Cellulite, water retention (swollen ankles, bags under the eyes, etc), constipation, migraine and sinus problems – as well as many more.

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Magnet therapy

The therapeutic use of magnets may be older than acupuncture, originally involving a material called magnetite applied in a poultice. Today’s magnet therapy is still applied to the skin, but employs steady or pulsed magnetic fields from either electro-magnets or less powerful permanent magnets. Fixed magnets may also be taped to the body for a period of time. Magnet therapy is used to relieve pain and discomfort and to aid in healing with a variety of physical and emotional disorders, such as arthritis and stress.

Magnet therapy, or magnetic therapy, is a pseudoscientific form of alternative medicine based on the concept that certain medical disorders can be effectively treated by exposure to magnetic fields. Some believe that magnetic fields emanating from permanent magnets placed close to the body can cause bones to heal faster, relieve pain, and perform other forms of healing to the body. Practitioners most commonly recommend it as a cure for joint disorders and back problems.

Some practitioners have theorized that magnet therapy may improve circulation, increase blood oxygen, alkalinize bodily fluids, decrease deposition of toxic materials in blood vessel walls (such as cholesterol plaques) or relax blood vessels through effects on cellular calcium channels. Other theories describe altered nerve impulses, reduced edema or fluid retention, increased endorphins, muscle relaxation, cell membrane effects or stimulation of acupoints.

Mandi Susu

The tale of Queen Cleopatra and her milk baths is well known. Trust the Indonesian people with their deep grasp of the good of the natural, to have their own form of milk bath. Known as Mandi Susu, it has soaked Javanese princesses for centuries as an elixir of eternal youth. Milk, from a goat, sheep or cow, makes skin radically soft and pure to the touch. Modern formulations of this popular ritual have eliminated the taste and smell of milk while maintaining its nutrients with softening proteins. The Mandi Susu is a sought-after bathing ritual. Therapists leave you soaking in a cloudy white tub for 20 minutes and advise you not to rinse afterwards. At home, you can pour fresh or powdered milk in with the bath water. Or for superior baby-soft skin, try natural yoghurt or buttermilk, but be ready to hold your nose.

Mariel Massage

This is a massage technique that uses energy-balancing elements. Method developed by Reiki Master Ethel Lombardi. The expression Mariel also refers to a transformational healing energy that works at the cellular level to help clients discover and release emotional and physical traumas.

Marine Hydrotherapy

Water jets that propel seawater in a massaging way to stimulate circulation and alleviate pain and inflammation. A form of thalassotherapy.

Massage Therapy

Massage is one of the oldest, simplest forms of therapy and is a system of stroking, pressing and kneading different areas of the body to relieve pain, relax, stimulate, and tone the body. Massage does much more than create a pleasant sensation on the skin, it also works on the soft tissues (the muscles, tendons, and ligaments) to improve muscle tone. Although it largely affects those muscles just under the skin, its benefits may also reach the deeper layers of muscle and possibly even the organs themselves. Massage also stimulates blood circulation and assists the lymphatic system (which runs parallel to the circulatory system), improving the elimination of waste throughout the body.

Although a single massage will be enjoyable, the effects of massage are cumulative and a course of massage treatments will bring the most benefits. Regular massage can have the effect of strengthening and toning the entire body mechanism, and so help to prevent unnecessary strains and injuries that might otherwise occur due to excess tension and any resulting structural weaknesses. Massage can stimulate or calm the nervous system-depending upon what is required by the individual-and thus helps reduce fatigue, leaving the receiver with a feeling of replenished energy. At its best, massage has the potential to restore the individual physically, mentally and spiritually.

Mesotherapy

This was created by a French physician named, Dr. Michael Pistor. It involves a painless injection of vitamins, minerals, medications, and amino acids directly under the skin’s surface. There are a variety of treatments that can include weight loss, cellulite reduction, face and neck rejuvenation, and hair regrowth. Each injection is individually prepared for its specific purpose. Different from other medical treatments, this therapy is given right where the problem area exists. Because of that, side-effects and drug interactions are drastically reduced.

Microdermabrasion

This treatment gently and effectively reduces the damaging effects of time, stress, and the surroundings. It is completely pain-free, and it leaves no redness or irritation. Once a few treatments are completed, the skin becomes softer and firmer. The damaged and aged skin layers are removed, leaving the skin strengthened and stimulated. This will expect amazing results as wrinkles, fine-lines, blackheads, sun-damaged skin, and scars will fade. A serious of 6 treatments is recommended.

Mineral Water Bath

Either all or part of the body is submerged into water of the thermal springs. This water can vary in temperature and it is usually rich in natural minerals. In order to be categorized at “mineral water”, it has to have at least 1,000 milligrams/liter of minerals. This treatment reduces muscular pain, relaxing the client.

Moor mud.

Moor Mud (BALNEO-Peat) is an organic substance, product of natural decomposition of multitudes of plants under special conditions. Over period of thousands of years this residue was transformed into a fine paste that easily dissolves in the water, has unusual concentration of bio-minerals, trace elements, vitamins, amino acids, plant hormones and fatty acids in a molecular form that is easy for the human skin to absorb. Think of it as a plant extract not from just one plant, but hundreds that reflects environment of Earth 10.000 years ago, without present day pollution. Its uncanny ability to heal, nourish and detoxify has been observed by people for millennia and used scientifically in European Spas for well over a century. It is used not only to beautify, but also to cure multitude of ailments from mobility problems, arthritis, and hormonal imbalance to post surgery recovery and muscle recovery in sport medicine. Its actions are thermophysical, biochemical, anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, and natural antibiotics. Because peat has chelatic properties (it binds heavy metal isotopes) it is a very strong natural detoxifier.

Morphology

This is a specialized massage targeting the digestive areas. It is done using essential oils. It is also frequently used as a treatment for infertility in males.

Mud Treatment

A skin treatment using mineral- packed mud to remove the toxins in the body, relax and loosen muscles and improve circulation. Also, body treatments using warm mud to cleanse pores and draw our impurities. Also called clay wrap.

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Nasal Administration Nasya (herbal inhalation therapy):

This treatment involves inhaling vapor from medicinal herbs that have been infused in boiling water. It is used mostly to eliminate kapha-oriented problems, of ear, eyes, nose, and throat disorders such as migraine, sinusitis, catarrh, and bronchitis.

The nose is the gateway to the brain and to consciousness. Prana, or life energy, enters the body through breath taken in through the nose. Nasal administration of medication helps to correct the disorders of prana affecting the higher cerebral, sensory and motor functions. Nasya is indicated for dryness of the nose, sinus congestion, hoarseness, migraine headache, convulsions and certain eye and ear problems.

Naturopathy

Naturopathy is based on the belief that the body is self-healing. The body will repair itself and recover from illness spontaneously if it is in a healthy environment. Naturopaths have many remedies and recommendations for creating a healthy environment so the body can spontaneously heal itself.

Naturopaths are holistic, which means they believe that the natural body is joined to a supernatural soul and a non-physical and the mind three must be treated as a unit. Naturopathy is fond of such terms as “balance” and “harmony” and “energy.” It is often rooted in mysticism and a metaphysical belief in vitalism.

Naturopaths offer treatment at their offices and at spas where patients may reside for several weeks. Their offerings include fasting, “natural food” diets, vitamins,herbs, tissue minerals, homeopathic remedies, cell salts, manipulation, massage, exercise ,colonic enemas, acupunctureChinese medicine, natural childbirth, minor surgery, and applications of water, heat, cold, air, sunlight, and electricity. Radiation may be used for diagnosis, but not for treatment. Many of these methods are said to “detoxify” the body.

Neuromuscular Therapy

This is a deep massage used to discover spasms and hyper-contraction in certain tissues of the body. It eliminates trigger point which may be causing pain for the individual, restores proper posture alignment, and rebuilds injured tissue, and increases flexibility and blood flow.

Nutrition Therapy

This therapy works well with traditional medical treatments. Nutritional therapists can help you to treat a wide variety of medical disorders through your diet. Particular diets can create a natural defense for your body. The difference between this and conventional nutrition is that this therapy provides foods that will treat an individual’s existing problem. A conventional nutritionist will address an individual’s dietary deficiencies. Through guidance on food choices and the use of specific supplements, the individual will experience healing and increased well-being.

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Oleation

Oleation is a pre-procedure of panchakarma treatment method. It makes the body oily and soft. Oleation can be performed in two ways, externally (bahya snehana) and internally (abhyantara snehana).

Certain steps are followed before doing Panchakarma called “poorvakarmas” or pre treatment or elimination therapy. This treatment prepares the body for the total elimination of toxic deposit. This procedure is done for seven days. The two steps in pre-treatment are: Snehana (oleation) and Swedhana (sweating/sudation).

Onsen.

An onsen is a Japanese hot spring. The volcanic chain that spans the Japanese archipelago provides an abundance of artesian thermal springs. The super-heated liquid bubbles to the surface and provides the country with a constant supply of restorative water to soothe its populace. Soaking in these hot springs is primarily how the Japanese utilize this natural resource.

Oxygen Facial

An oxygen facial is a spray of liquid oxygen or an application of oxygen rich oils as part of a treatment aimed at revitalizing especially dry or damaged skin on the face.

This unique treatment uses pure oxygen to deliver 87 different vitamins, minerals, enzymes and amino acids to moisturize and revitalize every facial skin cell. Oxygen improves the skin’s elasticity and suppleness by helping strengthen the collagen and elastin fibers. Oxygen also helps control the growth of acne-causing bacteria.

Oxygen is essential for the health of every living skin cell and is delivered to your skin cells at the cellular level. This helps improve the skin’s suppleness and helps control acne-causing bacteria.

After an ozygen facial the face feels firmer and ‘tightened,’ and it will look and feel moist & hydrated, because it has been nourished and revitalized pore by pore.

All ingredients are natural and free of by-products.  The exclusive sub-micronic delivery system allows the safe passage of oxygen, vitamins and minerals into the top layers of the skin.  The system is entirely hypoallergenic.

Ozonized Baths

A bath treatment that uses sea water along with lets to relax away small amounts of pain. Once the client rests in the tub of thermal or sea water, the jets give off streams of ozonized bubbles. In return, circulation is improved.

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Panchakarma

According to Ayurveda, our natural state is one of health, happiness and an inner sense of well-being. Health is defined as the body being clear of toxins, the mind is at peace, emotions are calm and happy, wastes are efficiently eliminated and organs are functioning normally. In a busy, stressful and toxic world, our physical and mental systems accumulate toxins causing deterioration in bodily functioning. This eventually weakens our systems, which opens the door for chronic, degenerative, and non-specific diseases to develop. These can evolve into serious specific diseases, ultimately damaging an individual’s health and wellness.

Panthermal

The client rests in a metal tube, leaving only their head outside. Hot air is shot into the tub, causing their body to sweat. Next, warm, soapy water comes from every direction. This treatment will break down cellulite. Not recommended for claustrophobic clients.

Parafango

Parafango is an effective and simple treatment for inch/centimeter-loss and cellulite control. It combines the thermal properties of paraffin with the detoxifying effects of fango. When parafango is applied after amino serums and thermo-active creams, it amplifies the cellulite-reducing benefits. This miracle treatment can be applied to thighs, buttocks, hips, and the abdomen to draw toxins from fat cells and stimulate fluid elimination.

Paraffin Wrap

During a paraffin wrap layers of warm wax (paraffin) are brushed onto the skin. This helps to relax the muscles and the oils in the paraffin soften and smooth the skin.

Paraffin Treatment

This skin treatment cleans the pores and removes dead skin. Pariffin wax is brushed over the body, trapping heat, absorbing toxins, and therefore relaxing the client. When the wax cools and hardens, the skin is soft and supple.

Parcourse

This is a trail that is usually outdoors and equipped with exercise stations. Paracourses are usually less than two miles. They are also called paracours or vitacourse.

Perfector Therapy

This is a spa treatment which uses a low-voltage current to stimulate the muscles, regenerate the cells, cleanse the lymph nodes, remove toxins, and help tone the skin and muscles.

Physiochineitherapy

Therapeutic use of heat, light, electrical and mechanical means and movements to regenerate strength and flexibility.

Phythotherpy

Plant-based treatments incorporating essential oils, seaweed and herbs applied through massage, wraps, inhalation and other methods.

Pilates
Pilates is more than a trend. Invented by Joseph Pilates in the 30s, this body-mind exercise and rehab regimen has been embraced by a diversity of students. Many approach it with the goal of improving their appearance and become devotees because of how great it makes them feel. Pilates focuses on core strength as the powerhouse of the body. As Joe Pilates said, “You are only as old as you’re spine is strong.” In Pilates, ultimate spine strength is achieved through abdominal and core support. The movements also aim to increase flexibility, range of motion and develop a balanced musculature.

Beyond its overall conditioning benefits, Pilates is also adaptable for the rehabilitation of injury, hand can be used to focus strength training or range of motion work on one side or area of the body. There are numerous benefits including: relief of pain due to tightness or tension, improved posture and biomechanical function, greater muscle length and tone, and enhanced sense of well-being and energy.

Pizichilli

The pizichilli was formerly reserved only for the royal families of India. It is profoundly relaxing and deeply purifying. During a treatment warm, herbalized, oil is continuously poured over the entire body while being gently massaged by two therapists.

Polarity Massage

This is a technique of gently rocking and holding a massaging the body. It is designed to balance the electromagnetic energy through touch, stretching exercises, diet, and mental-emotional balanced attitude.

Pressotherapy

Pressotherapy is a detoxifying treatment, which through effective lymphatic drainage, helps to promote the body’s natural toxin clearing functions. The revitalization and oxygenation of the tissue helps to slim and redefine the legs, stomach and arms while enhancing skin tone.

Pressotherapy is a computer controlled compression system, which operates using inflating pumps. The device has five separate chambers, which are positioned around the limbs. These focus on moving the venous and lymph flow, starting from the ankles and moving to the upper thighs. Designed to increase blood circulation and lymph flow, Pressotherapy enhances extra-cellular fluid clearance, reduces bloating, swelling and oedema, alleviates leg fatigue and improves oxygen flow through the whole body.

Pressotherapy may also be used in the prevention and treatment of:

Complications arising from chronic venous insufficiency, particularly “varicose crowns” (dilations of the veins around the ankles which often precede ulcerous lesions), trophic lesions (pigmentations, infiltrations and atrophies) and finally “ulcus cruris”, or open or scarred varicose ulcers. This situation requires rapid reduction in local stasis and the application of high pressure, sometimes with the aid of pressure bandages, in the areas affected.

Pressotherapy is used to:z

Duplicate the action on the body of massage

Repress the blood through slow and progressive pressure

Lessen telangiectasis (capillary distention)

Lymphatic drainage (alleviate oedema or swelling of the leg)

Provide immediate leg comfort and lightness

Kidney failure (poor filtration and a hydrosaline imbalance, with possible accumulation of large quantities of fluid in the tissues.

Heart failure (leads to tapered oedemas because of an inadequate pumping effect)

Premenstrual oedema (oedema during menstrual periods are linked to the fluid-retaining effects of oestrogen and progestin. Pressure therapy during the periods quickly solves the problem.)

Cellulite

Broken capillaries and erythrosis

Poor skin tone and bags under the eyes

Loss of muscle tone in immobilized patients, the disabled and the cachectic. Substitute for manual stimulation for trophic purposes.

Pressotherapy can be used in conjunction with seaweed wraps to detoxify, firm, tone, improve circulation and increase lymphatic drainage. A great, relaxing alternative to liposuction, which can be coupled with vacuomobilization treatments for exceptional results.

Pressure-point massage

Pressure point massages strive to release built up tension and strain in the body and muscles. Popular massage chairs capture this style of massage and combine it with Shiatsu massage to offer a superb, thoroughly relaxing experience. Pressure point massages stem from the science of focusing upon main and collateral channels of human body.

The traditional Chinese medical science states that the back of human body is Yang of Yang, where Du impulse and Zhu Tai Yang bladder channels follow through. Du impulse supervises Yang of the body. Tai Yang channels manage the surface of human body. Numerous acupuncture points are distributed along the two sides of the spine and at the back. Massaging the back can stimulate these pressure points, Du impulse and Tai Yang channels, and inspires Yang Qi of the whole body. Pressure point massages’ function to balance Yin and Yang, supporting the healthy factors and removing the pathogenic factors, regulating Qi and blood, dredging the main and collateral channels of the body and enhancing the functions of internal organs.

From the point of view of modern medicine, massaging the shoulder and back can dilate blood vessels of the body surface, remarkably improve blood circulation, enhance metabolism of the human body, relax tired muscles and greatly benefits health of the body. Medical professors point out; there exists a special kind of cell under the skin of the human body. The cell is in dormancy state at ordinary times. When the back is kneaded or rubbed, this kind of cell is stimulated and gets active. It goes into the blood and develops into reticular cells, which can remarkably strengthen the immunity function of human body and boost up the disease-resisting ability of human body.

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Qigong

Qigong is the key component of traditional Chinese medicine with a history of five thousand years which can be divided approximately into four major periods.

(1) The period of united heaven, earth and man (before 206 BC): This period was marked out historically by the book “Yi Jing” (Book of Changes) introduced in 1122 BC, which talked about Qi, the concepts of the natural energies and the integration of Heaven, Earth, and Man.

(2) The period of Qigong mixed with religion (206 BC – 500 AD): During Han dynasty (206 BC) Buddhism and meditation methods were imported from India, which brought Qigong practice and meditation into the religious Qigong era.

(3) The period of martial art Qigong (500 AD –): In the Liang dynasty (502- 557 Ad), it was discovered that Qigong could be used for martial-art purposes. From 1911 on, Chinese Qigong training was mixed with Qigong practices from India, Japan and many other countries because of the ease of communication in the modern world. (Source: Jwing-Ming Yang, Qigong for Arthritis).

(4) The period of modern Qigong research: (1980s – present). As more and more Qigong practitioners came out to show the public their amazing abilities and to teach the public to practice Qigong, it gradually emerged from the traditional secret transmission into a practice found in the public domain and scientific research.

Qigong is a self-healing art that combines movement and meditation. Visualizations are employed to enhance the mind/body connection and assist healing. Regular practice of qigong can prevent and treat illness, reduce stress, establish balance, integrate mind/body/spirit, and bring peace.

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Radon Therapy

An inert natural gas found in some European spas and used as part of a treatment process believed to stimulate organ functions and promote improved secretions of the glands, without any harmful effects.

Raindrop Massage

This is a specific application of 9 essential oils designed to balance and align the body. These oils are dropped on the body from a specific distance. Then they are lightly massaged to relax the area, which in return realigns the spine in an extremely gentle way.

Rebirthing

ebirthing is a healing process that engages with the mind, the body and the spirit to cleanse away toxic patterns of being and facilitate new, healthy and fulfilling goals and choices. The core practice of rebirthing is a breathing technique; the core metaphor is the rebirth of the personality through the integration of suppressed experience.

Reflexology

Reflexology is a gentle form of therapeutic treatment applied to the feet and sometimes to the hands. It evolved around 1913 from the work of Dr. William H. Fitzgerald, an ear, nose and throat surgeon in the United States. Reflexology is considered to be a holistic healing technique that aims to treat the individual as a whole, in order to induce a state of balance and harmony in body, mind and spirit.

Reflexology is based on the belief that there are reflex areas on the feet (and hands) corresponding to all the parts of the body including major organs. It is believed that applying pressure to specific areas on the feet, hands and ears can affect internal organs and body systems, and therefore promote good health.

Reflexology has many benefits. It feels good. It is pleasant and soothing, and it relaxes the body. Every person responds to a reflexology in a unique way and on occasions may experience a variety of short-term reactions, for example, extreme relaxation, tiredness, lethargy or tearfulness. Reflexology is not a ‘cure-all’. However, it does help relieve pain associated with migrainesinus problems, breathing disorders, digestive problems, circulatory problems, back problems, tension and stress.

Reiki.

Reiki is a form of massage therapy. It is a healing technique that originated in Tibet and has been practiced for over 2,500 years. Strictly speaking, it means Universal Life Force Energy. It is one of the more widely known forms of healing through direct application of Chi, or a force very similar to Chi.

It is believed that reiki can relieve pain, boosts the immune system and relieves acute problems. This is believed because physical manifestations of pain are often linked to emotional, mental and spiritual states. Chronic illnesses may take a series of treatments, depending on the specific nature of the disease. Reiki goes beyond the symptoms to treat the root cause of the disease. When we treat only the symptoms, we do not always get to the true basis of the illness.

Reiki practice consists of the practitioner places his or her hands upon the person to be healed with the intent for healing to occur, and then the energy begins flowing.

The main distinction between Reiki and other energy healing techniques is that a practitioner can channel the Reiki energy through their hands into their own body.

Repaichage Massage/Facial

This treatment can be applied to just the face or even the entire body. It consists of a mix of herbal, seaweed and clay or mud masques which deep clean and moisturize.

Revitalizing Ginseng Facial

This intensive treatment contains a ginseng extract that will prevent daily wear on the skin, promote the skin’s stimulation, and give a new energy to the skin.

Rolfing

Rolfing is a bodywork system that improves balance and flexibility through manipulation of muscles, bones and joints. It balances the body in gravity and enables participants to function at successively higher levels of efficiency and ease. Rolfing was developed over a 50-year period of study by the late Dr. Ida P. Rolf.

Rolfing frees fascial adhesions (unhealthy binding of tissues), allowing the muscles and bones to return to balanced relationships. When the fascial system is organized through the Rolfing process, the body’s major segments are freed to align themselves properly. Following Rolfing, people have reported to have eliminated or reduced chronic pain, greater range of motion, improved coordination, a feeling of rejuvenation, and an increased sense of well-being.

A person may feel pain or tension only in particular areas of your body however, there are can be significant compensations in the fascia throughout your structure from previous injuries, trauma or movement habits. In Rolfing, the whole human being is addressed toward balance to effect long lasting change and release of tension throughout the structure. Rolfing is therefore, designed to be an 8 to 12 session series, although it is beneficial with even one session. Each one lasts about an hour and fifteen minutes, usually done once per week to allow time for your body to adapt to changes.

Of all the forces affecting the human body, gravity is among the most powerful. Body misalignment in gravity results in chronic strain, lowered vitality and impaired biological and psychological functioning. Because the body is better-balanced after Rolfing, it expends less of its vital energies against gravity. This biological energy-efficiency is often experienced as a higher level of alertness and vitality. Movement becomes easier and overall personal functioning tends to improve.

People of all ages come to Rolfing for help with neck pain, back problems, impaired mobility and other difficulties which originate with internal strains. Others seek to improve their appearance, to improve athletic performance, and to enhance personal growth toward a fuller realization of their potential.

Rolfing results in a feeling of fitness and wholeness. People who have been Rolfed stand and move with more surety and grace than before. Rolfing clients often report positive changes in their outlook on life and in their ability to handle emotional changes.

Rosacea Therapy

Redness and bumps oftentimes are incorrectly diagnosed and treated as acne. This skin problem needs a different type of treatment that will not inflame the already sensitive skin. This therapy is a prescription of topical solutions which will calm and reduce redness on the face.

Rubenfeld Synergy

The Rubenfeld Synergy Method is a holistic therapy that integrates body, mind, spirit, and emotions. Developed by Ilana Rubenfeld in the 1960s, Rubenfeld Synergy uses gentle touch, along with verbal dialogue, active listening, Gestalt Process, imagery, metaphor, movement and humor to invite the body into the healing process. Your body houses your life story, your feelings and beliefs; it is an integral part of your healing process.

Unacknowledged feelings from past experiences are stored in your body and then unconsciously have a powerful effect on who you are, how you behave, and how you feel about yourself.

Using the body as the gateway to awareness, buried feelings and memories can surface, freeing you from old patterns and energy blocks that keep you feeling stuck and unable to live life to its fullest. Your mind may avoid certain emotions and memories, but your body remembers it all.

The uniqueness of Rubenfeld Synergy lies in the use of talk and touch together. Touch heightens your awareness, both emotionally and physically, and allows you to explore levels that are difficult to access through talk therapy alone.

The Rubenfeld Synergist creates a safe and accepting environment and is present as a caring facilitator. Boundaries are always respected and sessions are strictly confidential.

Your Synergist is your guide in creating a dialogue between your body, mind, emotions, and spirit. Feelings and beliefs that you weren’t fully aware of may emerge during the session. With new awareness, comes the possibility of change.

Gentle, listening touch is a powerful way for you to access feelings and images that have been hidden in your body for years, creating tension, pain and distorted perceptions. Repressed tears, anger, grief, and much else may be re-experienced and released during a session, freeing you for new ways of being.

Your needs and issues will emerge at the appropriate time and in their own unique way. The Rubenfeld Synergist follows your lead in an intuitive way, using the skills gained in their training, to help you find your own inner wisdom.

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Salicylic Acid Peel

This is known to control oily skin and breakouts by minimizing pores and retexturing scars. Three to five days will be needed to complete the process.

Salt Glow

Like a moisturizing liquid loofa, the grains of salt work gently exfoliating your skin as you rub it on, and the rich blend of oils (including shea butter and castor oil) deeply moisturize the skin.

Use in the tub or shower by wetting your skin and rubbing it on. As you rub, the salt will gently remove the old, dead skin cells, exposing softer, more supple skin. The oils absorb and the result is wonderful! For best results, leave on for a few minutes to allow some time for the oils to penetrate. Then rinse off and you’re done! Comes in a 20 oz jar (plastic, for tub and shower safety) and is available in several scents, all of which are also available in our natural soaps and other natural body care products.

Sauna

A sauna is a small room or hut heated to 80 degrees Celsius. It is used for bathing as well as for mental and physical relaxation.

Sclerotherapy

This has been offered in Europe for a while, but it is new to the U.S. This therapy is an invasive way to address unattractive, often painful spider veins. The solution is injected into the vein, and it collapses and disappears. Treatments are usually repeated in order to maintain results.

Scotch Hose

A flow of water is directed, in various temperatures, toward pressure points of the body. It allows for better circulation and tension relief.

Seaweed Wrap

A Seaweed wrap uses seawater and nutrient-packed marine algae. Due to the minerals, vitamins, and proteins, this treatment has a revitalizing effect.

Shiatsu

Shiatsu is a Japanese word. It means ‘finger pressure’. A Shiatsu treatment does however incorporate the use not only of finger pressure, but also thumbs, palms, knees, forearms, elbows and feet. Pressure is applied to the areas of energy lines (meridians) to promote good health by ‘stimulating the bodies energy flow (Ki)’.

Each Shiatsu session usually lasts between 40 minutes and 1 hour. The session usually takes place on a padded mat on the floor. The session often begins with gentle stretching and manipulation techniques to help stimulate the movement of energy and to relax the muscles. Pressure can be applied to both wide areas as well as precise points and varied according to the body’s needs. Sometimes the pressure can be gentle and calming. Sometimes the pressure can be deeply stimulating. The amount and type of pressure depends on the specific needs of the individual.

Shiatsu can help alleviate the pain associated with a wide range of conditions. It can also assist an individual with their self development and self healing; balancing the underlying causes of a condition; taking into account the functioning of the physical and psychological; promoting health and strengthening the body’s own healing abilities. 

Shiatsu is a deeply relaxing experience and regular Shiatsu sessions help to prevent the build-up of stress in our daily lives. Following a Shiatsu treatment, the individual may have feelings of increased vitality and relaxation.

Some of the immediate physical benefits of Shiatsu are to:

Stimulate the circulatory, lymphatic and hormonal systems.

Regulate the activity of the automonic nervous system.

Shiroabh yanganasya

Head, face and neck massage, followed by herbal steam treatment, heat packs and herbal drops for nasal passages.

Shirodhara

The Shiro Dhara is an ancient therapy used to restore inner calm to the mind and balance to the emotions. The therapist starts by massaging your upper chest, shoulders, neck, and facial marma points to help align breathing patterns, stimulate the release of toxins and negative emotions, and to promote intense relaxation. Your treatment ends with a gentle stream of warm oil poured continuously over your forehead, the area known as the “third eye,” to calm the nervous system and soothe the senses.

‘Shiro’ means head/forehead region and ‘Dhara’ literaly means flow-in this case with therapeutic oils. This traditional technique is quite powerful in its ability to relieve emotional and physical tension by streaming warm ‘Shanti’ oil onto the third eye (the center of the forehead). The mind and body relinquish all tensions that lead to depression, nervousness, sadness and fatigue.

Siddha Vaidya

This is an Ayurvedic massage treatment where a pouch of blended herbs are combined with essentials oils and then massaged over the body.

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