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ABLUTIONS (TOTAL & PARTIAL)

A washing or cleansing of the body, especially as part of a religious rite.

ACCUPRESSURE

Finger massage designed to release muscle tension and promote healing by applying pressure to "energy points" or "meridians" in the body. The pressure applied to these vital points (the same points used in acupuncture) was identified by medical practitioners in China centuries ago and is believed to improve the flow of energy (chi) throughout the body. Similar in many ways to Shiatsu.

ACUPUNCTURE

An ancient Chinese healing technique based on Taoist philosophy. The aim is to balance the energy meridians to permit the body to "heal" itself. A relatively painless technique, it is administered by inserting fine needles at key points meridians of the body that relate to different organs in order to relieve muscular, neurological and arthritic problems, cure disease and relieve pain.

AFFIRMATION

Similar to visualisation, this technique is used to overcome physical ailments (e.g. backaches) and emotional problems (e.g., family or professional problems) through repetition of a positive statement. For example, a person who is afraid of flying would repeat "I like to fly" and envision a pleasant flying experience.

ALCHEMICAL / ALCHEMY

Essentially a reverence for the material world as being the reflection of a more perfect living transcendent reality.

ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE

Was developed in 1890’s by an Australian, FM Alexander to teach us how to move with greater ease and co-ordination by focusing on correct posture, the right way to lift objects, the proper position of feet when standing, the angle of one's shoulders and so forth, thus retaining optimum balance.

ALGOTHERAPY

Use of algae (seaweed) in treatments including bath, scrubs, body wraps. Can also see Thalassotherapy.

ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

Treatments based on speculative or abstract reasoning. Such treatments include: Acupuncture, Aromatherapy, Ayurveda Treatment, Colonic, Cranio-sacral Therapy, Electro Therapy, Energy Balancing, Fango, Flotation, Gommages, Homeopathy, Light Treatment, Lymph Drainage, Mud Therapies, Music Therapy, Panchakarma, Phytotherapy, Primordial Sound, Reiki, Spinal Release Therapy and Ultrasound.

ANTHOTHERAPY

Treatments in humid caves where the atmosphere is very vaporous (between 30°-42°C / 86°-107°F). In dry caves the atmosphere takes the heat from the spring (between 50°-70°C / 122° - 158°F).

ANTI-CELLULITE TREATMENT

Releases and reduces cellulite on various parts of the body.

AQUA AEROBICS

Aerobics workouts performed in a swimming pool. Water resistance is utilised to stretch, strengthen and increase stamina. This activity is also commonly known as aqua exercise.

AROMATHERAPY

An ancient healing art dating back to 4500 B. C., Aromatherapy usually refers to treatments such as massage, facials, body wraps or hydro baths with the application of essential oils from plants, leaves, bark, roots, seeds, resins and flowers. These oils are used to treat emotional disorders, organ dysfunction, and skin problems through a variety of internal and external application techniques.

ASANAS

Yoga postures.

AURA

An electromagnetic field or visual energy that surrounds each living thing. The different layers of colour and contouring shapes are believed to reflect your physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual well-being.

AYURVEDIC

An ancient holistic system from India that encompasses custom, nutrition, herbal medicines, massage, exercise and yoga to sustain a balanced well being.

BACH FLOWER CURES

Thirty eight flower remedies developed by Dr Edward Bach in the 1930’s. The vibration level of the flower is used to effect emotional change. Also known as Flower Essence.

BALNEOTHERAPY

A generic term for water treatments that use hot springs, mineral water or sea waters to improve and revitalise circulation, the immune system and relieve stress and pain.

BATH

The soaking or cleansing of the body or parts in water or steam. May be infused with oils, flowers, salts or minerals in varying temperatures.

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