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GLOSSARY

A guide to spa speak

First time visiting a spa or 10th - it doesn't matter; the range of treatments & experiences can be confusing. If you're not sure about a treatment don't be afraid to ask. Our glossary is a start to understanding the terms but not definitive - the list is truly endless.

Acupressure

A specific technique used in massage to release muscular tension by applying pressure to the acupuncture points releasing blockages and allowing energy to flow freely

Acupuncture

A form of treatment used in both Traditional and Classical Chinese Medicine and based on the principle that there are energetic pathways or channels throughout the body that influence associated internal organs and structures. Energy surfaces at various points on the body, identified as acupuncture points. Extremely fine gauge needles are inserted at selected points, stimulating these points and activating the body's natural healing abilities

AHA Fruit Acids

Natural acids (alphahydroxy-acids) which are mainly present in fruit, sometimes used in beauty treatments for natural skin peeling to reveal fresh skin

Algotherapy

Use of specific algae-based products derived from marine plants rich in vitamins, minerals and trace elements and which supply the skin with valuable nutrients

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy uses essential oils (natural oil concentrates distilled from flowers and plants) to aid well-being and is particularly effective when used to combat stress and anxiety as well as a wide range of other ailments. Oils are inhaled, massaged into the skin in diluted form or placed in baths where they can be inhaled and also absorbed

Ayurveda

Originating in India, a holistic system of healing that encompasses massage, diet, exercise and yoga. The resulting effect is physical strength, better health, mental clarity, inner peace and calmness