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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.

Colour Therapy

Colours of the spectrum are used to harmonise and balance the mind and body

Complementary Therapies

A collective term used to describe non-traditional medical treatments or practices and which often complement more orthodox methods

Connective Tissue Massage

Deep intensive massage aimed at relaxing tense muscles. Manipulation of the reflexology zones harmonizes the functions of the inner organs. Very suitable if you are highly active and need a deep muscle massage

Couples Treatment

A treatment, which is carried out simultaneously on two people by two therapists in a spacious, couples treatment room

Cranial-Sacral Therapy

Manual therapy involving gentle but consistent massage and manipulation of the scalp, spinal column and sacrum to reduce physical and psychological tensions


The stimulating use of extremely low temperatures below minus 110 degrees Celsius. The treatment chamber works by cooling the entire skin surface of the body in order to develop defensive reflexes and reactions such as stimulation of blood circulation, endocrine system, the immune system and the central nervous system. Thought to be beneficial for sports injuries

Crystal Therapy

The use of crystals and precious stones to balance body and mind in an integrated treatment, which may include massage or other complementary therapies.


Chinese treatment where small glass cups are attached to the skin by a vacuum, which is created by placing a lit match inside each cup to burn up the oxygen. Boosts circulation and energy flow