Bilingual Glossary of Spa Terms A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q

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Bilingual Glossary of Spa Terms A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q ...


    A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y A


    esp. digitopuntura

    n. Traditional Oriental pressure-point massage used to increase the body’s flow of energy.

aesthetic medicine

    esp. medicina estética

    n. Use of equipment, such as lasers, to remove scars and blemishes to leave skin looking

    youthful; administered by a medical professional within their scope of practice.


    esp. algoterapia, envolvimiento de algas

    n. A heated seaweed bath that is a form of thalassotherapy. The seaweed acts as an anti-

    inflammatory treatment and can reduce pain.

    synonyms: algae body-wrap, seaweed wrap

anti-cellulite massage

    esp. masaje anticelulítico

    n. A soothing massage using anti-cellulite cream instead of oil, targeting mainly at the legs

    and areas where there is cellulite. The massaged area will feel toned and lighter due to the

    slimming effect of the cream.


    esp. digitopuntura

    n. Traditional Oriental pressure-point massage used to increase the body’s flow of energy.


    esp. aqua-gym

    n. Exercise using water resistance to strengthen and tone muscles.

    synonyms: acquacize


    esp. ashiatsu

    n. “Ashi” meaning “foot” and “atsu” meaning “pressure”, in this luxurious deep tissue

    massage the therapist walks along the client’s back.


    esp. aromaterapia

    n. Spa treatments, such as massage and body wraps that incorporate fragrant essential oils

    with various therapeutic benefits.


    esp. ayurveda

    n. An Eastern Indian medicinal philosophy using herbal treatments and hot oils, combined

    with meditation, nutrition and aromatherapy to create an overall balance of self. The

    Ayurvedic body functions, called doshas, consist of Vata, referring to blood, circulation, and

    healing; Pitta, referring to heat and metabolism; and Kapha, the structure of one’s spiritual

    and philosophical self.



    esp. balneoterapia

    n. A therapeutic procedure using purified, mineral, or salt water to improve circulation and

    the immune system, and relieve various ailments, such as stress and arthritis.



    esp. catiodermia

    n. Low-voltage electrical stimulation on the face; used to oxygenate the skin and invigorate



    esp. cromoterapia

    n. Use of color to balance mental and spiritual health through the use of colored rooms, light

    bulbs, fabrics, etc. The technique dates back to ancient Egypt.

    synonyms: color therapy

clay wrap

    esp. lodoterapia, envolvimiento de lodos

    n. Natural clay is applied to skin to remove toxins and ease muscle pain.

    synonyms: mud wraps

craniosacral therapy

    esp. masaje craneo-facial

    n. Massage therapy for the head and neck.

    synonyms: Indian head massage


    day spa

    esp. spa

    ? definición: Establecimiento que dispone de un espacio de bienestar donde se

    aplican tratamientos que se realizan con agua proveniente de la red general de

    abastecimiento. El spa busca conseguir relax, vitalidad y salud, disponiendo de

    gabinete de estética y belleza.

    n. A facility offering a variety of spa treatments performed by trained professionals; salons

    that offer spa treatments are referred to as “Salon and Day Spa”, “Spalon” or similar. Visitors

    can come for a few hours during the day. Overnight accommodation is not available.

dead sea mud treatment

    esp. tratamiento con lodos del mar muerto, envolvimiento de lodos del mar muerto

    n. Application of mineral-rich mud from the Dead Sea in Israel. Used to detoxify skin and

    body and to ease painful symptoms of rheumatism and arthritis.

    synonyms: dead sea mud wrap


    esp. dermoabrasión

    n. Procedure for smoothing skin by abrading the outer layer with a rotating metal wire.

duo massage

    esp. masaje a cuatro manos

    n. Synchronous massage treatment performed by two therapists on one person.



    esp. algoterapia, envolvimiento de algas

    n. Treatment, specific of medical or psychiatric conditions, with electricity.


    esp. endermologie

    n. A French massage technique used to improve skin quality and define the figure by reducing

    the appearance of cellulite; performed by a trained esthetician, regular treatments


essential oils

    esp. aceites esenciales, aceites aromáticos

    n. An aromatic, liquid substance extracted from various plants used as part of a cosmetic or

    therapeutic treatment, such as aromatherapy.

European facial

    esp. tratamiento facial

    n. A skin treatment that includes a deep cleansing facial, including the removal of white and

    black heads often through “manual squeezing”, and massage of the face and shoulders to

    refine the skin; followed by a special hydrating masque.


    esp. peeling

    n. The process of removing dead skin cells, while also improving circulation and increasing


    synonyms: body brushing, dry brushing, body polishing


    facial rejuvenation

    esp. rejuvenecimiento facial

    n. Uses gentle, reflexology-type massage to relax facial muscles and freshen up your

    appearance. May temporarily reduce tension-induced wrinkles.


    esp. fango, lodo

    n. From the Italian word for mud, a treatment that uses mineralized mud mixed with oil or

    water and applied over the body as a heat pack to detoxify the skin, soothe the muscles, and

    stimulate circulation.

    synonyms: mud, clay

fango therapy

    esp. fangoterapia, envolvimiento de lodos

    ? definición: Aplicación externa de barro mineromedicinal con fines terapéuticos.

    n. Treatment using different types of mineral-rich mud to exfoliate the skin and remove

    toxins from the body through pores.

    synonyms: clay wrap, mud wrap




    esp. hammam, baño turco, baño islámico

    ? definición: Baño de vapor en cabina, al producir sudoración rehidrata los tejidos y

    gracias a sus aditivos de hierbas mejora el aparato respiratorio.

    n. A hot bath introduced from the East and once extensively used, inducing copious

    perspiration, followed by soaping, washing, shampooing, massage, and cooling.

    synonyms: Turkish bath, vapor bath

holistic medicine

    esp. medicina holística

    n. Similar to herbalism, or all natural treatments, it also incorporates other forms of non-

    traditional techniques, focusing on the relationship of being one with all elements.

hot stone therapy

    esp. masaje con piedras obsidianas y onix

    n. Relaxing, therapeutic treatment in which dark, smooth stones heated in hot water or hot

    spring pools are placed or stroked with light pressure on areas of the body such as the back,

    in the palms, and between the toes. Cold stones may also be used.


    esp. hidrólogo, médico hidrólogo

    n. One skilled in hydrology.


    esp. hidrología médica

    n. The branch of medicine concerned with treatment by baths and waters.


    esp. hidroterapia

    n. Treatment using water therapeutically to aid relaxation in a variety of procedures such as

    underwater jet massage, different types of showers, and mineral baths. Thalassotherapy,

    using seawater for hydrotherapy, has long been a staple in European spas.


    inhalation therapy

    esp. algoterapia, envolvimiento de algas

    n. Steam vapor treatments that are deemed especially helpful for those suffering from

    impaired respiratory function due to illness or a smoking habit. Vapor is often mixed with

    herbal elements such as eucalyptus and chamomile. This form of therapy is often found at

    spas with access to a mineral or thermal spring.

    synonyms: vapor bath


    esp. ionización

    n. A form of thalassotherapy using salt water that has been ionized with negative ions may

    be sprayed on or inhaled.



    esp. Jacuzzi, spa

    ? definición: Bañera para hidromasaje.

    n. The proprietary name of a kind of bath or bathing-pool incorporating underwater jets of

    warm water, and used for both therapeutic and leisure purposes.

    synonyms: whirlpool



    esp. kinesiterapia

    n. Treatment involving passive or active movements of body parts in order to tone muscles

    and enhance circulation; also known as physiotherapy.

kneipp baths

    esp. cura kneipp

    n. In this therapeutic healing process, herbal or mineral baths are used in conjunction with

    nutrition and exercise. Changing between hot and cold baths is a vital healing element in

    this process. Developed in Germany by Father Sebastian Kneipp.


    laser treatments

    esp. laserterapia

    n. Treatments performed by medical professional using lasers to reduce blemishes, wrinkles

    or other imperfections of the skin and body.


    esp. masaje lomi-lomi

    n. Hawaiian body treatment that uses long and expansive massage strokes in a rocking

    motion; therapists may occasionally walk on patients’ backs to enhance the massage


    synonyms: lomi-lomi massage

lymphatic drainage

    esp. drenaje linfático

    n. Lymphatic system massage treatment to reduce water retention, increase circulation and

    drain toxins from the body.

    synonyms: lymph drainage, lymphatic drainage massage



    esp. magnetoterapia

    n. The treatment of disease with magnets or magnetism.


    esp. masaje

    ? definición: Operación consistente en presionar, frotar o golpear rítmicamente y

    con intensidad adecuada determinadas regiones del cuerpo, principalmente las

    masas musculares, con fines terapéuticos, deportivos, estéticos, etc.

    n. Manipulation of tissues, usually manually, to improve health and well-being by relaxing

    muscles, relieving tension, and improving circulation.


    esp. mecanoterapia

    ? definición: Empleo de aparatos especiales para producir movimientos activos o

    pasivos en el cuerpo humano, con objeto de curar o aliviar ciertas enfermedades.

    n. A form of physiotherapy using mechanical equipment to manipulate parts of the body,

    along with other exercises, massage, etc.


    esp. meditación

    n. A form of concentration usually focused around breathing, relaxation, clearing one’s

    thoughts and becoming one with the inner and outer self.


    esp. mesoterapia

    n. A series of nutraceutical injections to the middle layer (mesoderm) of the skin to dissolve

    fat and reduce cellulite. Mesotherapy is a non-invasive procedure that must be administered

    by a medical professional.

mineral medicinal water

    esp. agua mineromedicinal

    n. Water of a mineral spring or a collection of mineral springs used medicinally for bathing or

    for drinking, or both.


    esp. barro, lodo, fango

    n. Nutrient-rich mud compounds used in various spa treatments to exfoliate and rejuvenate

    skin. Usually contains therapeutic minerals that claim to have detoxifying and healing effects

    to aid in the relief of ailments such as rheumatism, inflammation of nerves, etc.

    synonyms: clay, fango



    esp. nebulizador

    n. A device or machine for converting a liquid into a fine spray, especially for medical use.


    oxygen facial

    esp. oxigenación facial

    n. Facial treatment using oxygen and various nutrients (spray or topical application) to

    revitalize collagen levels in the skin in order to enhance youthfulness.



    esp. parafango

    n. Volcanic mud is mixed with paraffin wax to alleviate aches and pains caused by such

    illnesses as rheumatism and arthritis.

paraffin treatment

    esp. tratamiento con parafina

    n. Heated paraffin wax is brushed over the body to soothe muscles and, by drawing out the

    dirt, removing the dead skin, and drawing out perspiration through the head, leave skin clean

    and soft.


    esp. fisioterapia

    n. The treatment of injury, disease, or pain by physical methods, such as manipulation,

    massage, exercise, and the application of heat, light, etc., rather than by drugs or surgery.


    esp. pilates

    n. Strength training and conditioning program Invented by Dr. Joseph Pilates of Germany. It

    uses specialized stretches to tone muscles, often performed on Pilates equipment or floor





    esp. rasul

    n. Body treatment beginning with a warm shower using seaweed soap, followed by mud

    application, and completed with an herbal steam bath.


    esp. reflexología

    n. Shiatsu-like finger pressure is applied to pressure points on the hands and feet, which are

    believed to correspond to all glands and organs in the body. Used for relieving tension and

    improving circulation; also performed on the earlobes.


    esp. reiki

    n. An ancient Japanese massage technique wherein the therapist uses stationary palm

    positioning and pressure to relieve specific tension points.



    esp. sauna

    n. A heated wooden room with benches for sitting as the dry heat opens pores and allows

    toxins to sweat out. It is recommended that it be followed by a cold shower or cold plunge to

    close pores. The process may be repeated.

    synonyms: Finnish sauna


    esp. shiatsu, masaje shiatsu

    n. Japanese acupressure massage technique; pressure applied with fingers, hands, elbows

    and feet.


    esp. spa

    ? definición: Establecimiento que dispone de un espacio de bienestar donde se

    aplican tratamientos que se realizan con agua proveniente de la red general de

    abastecimiento. El spa busca conseguir relax, vitalidad y salud, disponiendo de

    gabinete de estética y belleza.

    n. Spas are devoted to enhancing overall well-being through a variety of professional services

    that encourage the renewal of mind, body and spirit.

steam room

    esp. vaporarium, vaporario

    n. Room where temperatures are kept at 110 to 130? F and humidity is generated in order to

    soften the skin, clean the pores, calm the nervous system, and relieve tension.

    synonyms: vapor bath

Swedish massage

    esp. masaje sueco, masaje relajante

    n. Classical European massage technique of manipulating muscles with the use of massage

    oils. Meant for relaxation and to improve circulation, ease muscle aches and tension, and

    improve flexibility.

Swiss shower

    esp. ducha escocesa

    n. A multi-jet shower that alternates hot and cold water to relieve tension and improve

    circulation. Typically used after mud treatments or wraps.

    synonyms: Scottish shower, Scotch hose


    tai chi

    esp. Taichi

    n. Chinese martial art that uses forms, stylized gestures regulated by deep breathing, and the

    movement of the diaphragm to unite body and mind in order to achieve mental clarity,

    balance, and improved circulation. It involves mental concentration, visualization, and

    graceful, dancelike movements.

Thai massage

    esp. masaje tradicional tailandés

    n. Traditionally done on the floor, with client dressed in loose clothing, a full-body treatment

    that involves passive, yoga-like stretching and pressure-point massage along the body's major

    energy channels to release blocked energy, relieve tension, and increase awareness and



    esp. talasoterapia

    n. Treatments using sea and seawater products such as seaweed and seaweed wraps.

Tui Na

    esp. masaje Tuina

    n. Asian bodywork technique that combines the use of acupressure and massage to balance

    energy and flush toxins from the body.

Turkish bath

    esp. baño turco, hammam, baño islámico

    ? definición: Baño de vapor en cabina, al producir sudoración rehidrata los tejidos y

    gracias a sus aditivos de hierbas mejora el aparato respiratorio.

    n. Bathing procedure that involves going through a series of steam rooms of increasing

    elevated temperature, followed by a rubdown and massage and finished off with a cold


    synonyms: vapor bath, hammam

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