Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Spa Glossary E

Essential Oils :
Aromatic liquids extracted from flowers, grasses, fruits, leaves, roots, or trees. The oils maintain the odors and tastes, and thus the essence, of the plant they are extracted from.

Effleurage :
Massage technique involving quick, long strokes used at the beginning and end of certain treatments.

Electrotherapy :
Recent scientific studies have provent that electrotherapy can reduce both acute and chronic pain. Electrical stimulation may directly block transmission of pain signals along nerves. In addition, electrical stimulation has been shown to promote the release of endorphins, which are natural painkillers produced by the body. Several different electrical stimulation devices exist, each producing different frequencies, waveforms, and effects.

Endermologie :
French massage therapy said to reduce the appearance of cellulite. This method is quite similar to a manual drainage.

European Facial :
Treatment that begins with deep cleansing, steam, exfoliation, and professional massage of the face, shoulders, and chest area, followed by special mask that hydrates the skin.

Exfoliation :
Procedure to slough top layer of dead skin cells off the face or body. Dry brush, loofah scrub, and salt glow are among the techniques used in conjunction with ingredients including grape seed, sugar, clay, and salt.

Eco-Spas :
Eco-Spas is the Spas that are set in a natural or protected area and have a major commitment to incorporating environmentally friendly practices such as organic gardening, water conservation, and ecological building design. They must also encourage sensitivity to the natural environment and wildlife through education of spa-goers, and may also promote the well being of local people and culture by preserving indigenous healing traditions and ingredients.

Eyebrow Threading :
Eyebrow Threading is an ancient method of hair removal developed in the Middle East and Asia that uses a cotton thread to pull out unwanted hair at the root.