Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Spa Glossary B

Balneology :
Thermal water used for therapeutic purposes along with other mineral elements: water vapours, mud and natural thermal gases. Thermal waters have to receive a certification by the French Health Ministry in order to bear this name.

Balneotherapy :
The use of water to restore and revitalize the body. Since Roman times, balneotherapy has been used to improve circulation, fortify the immune system, and relieve pain and stress.

Bindi :
The Bindi is a Bodywork combining exfoliation, herbal treatment, and light massage.

Body Wrap (Herbal Wrap) :
Treatment in which strips of cloth are soaked in herbal teas and cocooned around the body.

Brush and Tone :
Brush and Tone is a treatment of dry brushing of the skin intended to remove dead layers and impurities while stimulating circulation. This is one of many exfoliating techniques used as a pretreatment for mud and seaweed body masks that are formed by the application of a moisturizing lotion.