Spa Glossary


Acupressure is one of the types of massage therapy used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Instead of the needles used in acupuncture, finger pressure is used on points along the meridians.

Aromatherapy massage

Aromatherapy massage is an alternative therapeutic technique which combines the natural therapeutic properties of the essential oils (for treating both physical and emotional conditions) and the healing power of massage therapy.

Hot stone massage

Hot stone massage combines the basic strokes of Swedish massage with the use of hot stones to provide a deep, relaxing massage.

Indian head massage

The Indian head massage is also known as ChampissageTM, is a gentle massage that is done on the head, face, neck, shoulders and upper arms.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage

This is a form of massage that stimulates the lymphatic system with gentle massaging strokes. The light rhythmical massage encourages the lymphatic system to eliminate metabolic waste products and excess fluid. The effects of Manual Lymph Drainage are numerous and include general benefits to the nervous and muscular systems.


Based on an ancient Chinese therapy, reflexology or zone therapy involves manipulation of specific reflex areas in the foot, hands, and ears that correspond to other parts of the body. Reflexology involves application of pressure to these reflex zones to stimulate body organs and relieve areas of congestion. It works with the body's energy flow to stimulate self-healing and maintain balance in physical function.

Sport massage

Sports massage is designed to enhance athletic performance and recovery. There are three contexts in which sports massage can be useful to an athlete: pre-event, post-event, and injury treatment.

Swedish massage

The Swedish massage is a classic massage technique that uses five basic movements to increase circulation and remove toxins from the muscles. It is beneficial for sore muscles, tension, stress, and poor circulation.

Thai massage

A Thai massage involves muscle compression, joint mobilization, acupressure and a variety of passive stretching movements to encourage a smoother flow of energy. A typical Thai massage is performed on a floor with guest wearing loose and comfortable clothes. No oils are used in Thai massage.

Tui na

Tui na is an ancient Chinese system of manual therapeutics with more than 365 hand techniques, although they can be generally placed in the category of pressing, rubbing, waving, shaking, percussion, or manipulating. Tui na facilitates healing by regulating the circulation of blood and qi (vital energy), which controls body function and enhances immune system.