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A body treatment which consists of rubbing on coarse
salt mixed with essential oils and waters, followed by
a gentle shower and body moisturizer to cleanse pores
and remove dead skin.
A dry heat bath in a wooden structure set a
temperature of 160-210 degrees Fahrenheit, designed to
cleanse the body of impurities by sweating.
Scalp and Hair Treatments
The products used vary from spa to spa. Some use
natural ingredients, such as a sea kelp mixture;
others use chemically based products. However, the
process and results are generally the same: a thorough
cleansing, conditioning and scalp massage that leave
hair shiny and full of body intense protein mixed with
humectants leaving the hair stronger and the follicle
Scotch Hose/ Swiss Shower
Standing body massage delivered by therapist with
high-pressure hoses. This invigorating shower tones
circulation by contracting then dilating capillaries
as water from sixteen needle-spray shower heads and
two high-pressure hoses (operated by an attendant),
ranging in temperature from 45°F to 105° F is
turned quickly from hot to cold to hot for several
seconds at a time. This massage aids circulation and
helps relieve the pain of arthritis and rheumatism.
Seaweed (Body) Wrap
Similar to herbal wraps combined with heat packs,
using sea water and seaweed with a balance of the
ocean's nutrients; minerals, rare trace elements,
vitamins and proteins, which are soaked into the blood
stream, to revitalize skin and body.
A cross between acupuncture and massage, this
treatment works with vital points and energy meridians
and uses finger-thumb-palm pressure to stimulate the
body's inner powers of balance and healing.
Shaped like a chair, this bathtub immerses a person's
hips and lower body in herbal hot water, followed by
cold water, while soaking feet in water alternating
from cold to hot to stimulate the immune system.
Skincare treatments range from hi-tech (laser,
permanent makeup, injection therapy) to old fashioned
folk remedies (herbal wraps, mud baths, aromatherapy).
Traditionally, skincare specialists in the United
States come from the hair industry (obtaining an
esthetics license). Skincare practitioners of the
future will become infinitely more
sophisticated--understanding the elements of the earth
with which they work (mud, seaweed, essential oils) as
well as delivery mediums (manual, hydrotherapy,
thalassotherapy). Places like the Bramham Institute at
the PGA are offering comprehensive skincare
training--200 hours of educational programming
designed to close the gap between the spa as a place
for pampering and the spa as a place that promotes
health and well being.
Customized to each person's skin type, skin care
products are applied to the face and neck to cleanse,
tone and remove dry skin.
Term to describe foods low in saturated fats and
cholesterol, without added salt, preservatives and
artificial flavorings. Men items feature fresh fruit
and vegetables, fish, whole grains, and low-fat dairy
Specifically for the muscles used in athletic
activities, this deep-tissue massage that uses quick
and vigorous strokes can be either preventive or
corrective in approach.
A tiled room with wet, hot steam that promotes
sweating and softens skin, cleanses pores and relieves
Programs that teach relaxation techniques and
incorporate relaxing spa services designed to reduce a
person's stress and the conditions it can cause.
One of the most popular types of massage, this
technique uses oils and employs five different
movements: long strokes, kneading of individual
muscles, tapping movements, rolling of the fingers,