Ever look at a spa menu and wonder what some of the treatments really are? We’re here to help! We’re here to demystify the spa with definitions of common terms that you’ll see in our industry. Have a definition you want to see on this list? Let us know in the comments below!


Acupressure: The application of pressure to the same specific points of the body to relieve pain or other ailments.


Acupuncture: A system of alternative medicine, originating in ancient China. Involves pricking the skin with small needles to alleviate pain and treat various conditions.


Aromatherapy: The use of fragrant extracts, oils, or plants in massage or baths for therapeutic and relaxation purposes.


Ayurveda: The traditional Hindu system of medicine, using diet, herbal treatment, and yogic breathing to balance the body.


Body Sculpting: The process of increasing the body’s muscle tone through exercise or surgical procedures, such as liposuction.


Body Wrap: A beauty treatment involving a wrap of ingredients applied to the body and then wrapped in hot towels or a sheet.


Collagen: A protein found in skin and tissue, used in many cosmetics and spa treatments for anti-aging benefits.


Clean Ingredients: A label used for food and cosmetics that include only simple, easy to understand ingredients. No artificial ingredients or synthetic chemicals.


Dry Brushing: A method of cleansing and exfoliating the skin, rubbing the skin with a dry, stiff brush.


Electrolysis: A permanent hair removal process using the heat of an electric current to remove hair from the follicle.


Endermologie: A non-surgical cellulite treatment. Helps improve the appearance of cellulite, improves circulation, relieves minor muscular aches, and improves skin tone and radiance.


Green Ingredients: A label used for food and cosmetics that include environmentally-friendly ingredients. Often used as a synonym for all-natural.


Hammam: A communal bath, common in Middle Eastern communities. Treatment can include a steam room, exfoliation, and massage.


Holistic: Comprehensive and connected care. Holistic treatments focus on the whole body, mind, and spirit.


Hydrotherapy: Exercise in a pool as part of a treatment for physical ailments.


Hypoallergenic: Products and ingredients that are relatively unlikely to cause an allergic reaction in most people.


Injectables: Ingredients, such as Botox or Dysport, that are injected into the skin to target concerns such as wrinkles and age spots.


Intense Pulsed Light (IPL): Technology used at many spas for hair removal, the treatment of sun damaged skin, and for lack of firmness. Also known as photorejuvenation.


Laser Hair Removal: A medical procedure that uses a beam of light to remove unwanted hair from the follicles. A permanent form of hair removal.


Lomi-Lomi: A traditional Hawaiian massage, uses kneading and rubbing to soothe muscles.


Lymphatic Drainage: A gentle massage to encourage the natural drainage of lymph fluids, eliminating waste to reduce inflammation and toxins.


Microdermabrasion: The use of exfoliant crystals to remove dead skin from the surface of the face.


Organic Ingredients: Ingredients and products that are grown and made without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, and other modified ingredients.


Reiki: The healing technique using energy flow to restore the natural healing processes of the body and emotional well-being.


Rosacea: A condition that causes certain blood vessels to enlarge, giving the face a flushed appearance.


Shiatsu: A therapeutic massage that applies pressure to certain points of the body using the hands. This is a traditional Japanese treatment.


Sensory-Deprivation: Eliminating stimuli from one or more of the senses, usually sight and sound, for a period of time to help the body and mind to relax.


Sugaring: A hair removal process using a paste to removal hair gently.


Thai Massage: An ancient massage technique using stretching and massaging to reduce muscle soreness.


Threading: A hair removal process in which hairs are plucked out with a twisted cotton thread.


Watsu: A gentle form of therapy performed in warm water. Combines massage, shiatsu, and muscle stretching.


Wellness: The state of being in good health, physically, mentally, and spiritually.

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