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Introduced in China centuries ago, this finger massage is designed to release muscle tension and promote healing by applying pressure to vital energy points in the body.

Based on an ancient Oriental healing technique, needles are inserted into specific pressure points of the body that relate to different organs in order to help relieve pain and cure disease.

A series of rhythmic exercises set to music that stimulate the aerobic capacity of the heart and lungs, burn fat and improve endurance.

Aqua Aerobics
Also known as "aquacize," these aerobic workouts are performed in a swimming pool.

Dating back to 4500 B.C., this ancient healing art combines essential oils extracted from plants, leaves, barks, roots and flowers, with treatments such as massage, facials and body wraps. This therapy stimulates the nasal/olfactory senses, mental responses and circulatory functions.

To bring the whole person into harmony through physical and mental modalities.

Eastern Indian practice of utilizing nutrition, herbal medicine, massage and meditation to create a balance between the internal and external self.

Bach Flower Cures
The use of flowers as a means of healing.

Therapies using mineral, hot springs or sea waters to revitalize the body and help relieve stress, arthritis and circulatory problems.

The traditional practice of treatments by waters, using hot springs, mineral, or sea waters to restore and revitalize the body. Since antiquity, Balneotherapy has been used to improve circulation, fortify the immune system, as an analgesic (pain reliever) and as an anti-stress treatment.

The exchange of energy between persons giving and receiving massage. This psychotherapeutic bodywork is based on the interconnection between chronic psychological defense mechanisms.

The technique of making unconscious or involuntary bodily processes, such as the heart beat and brain waves, perceptible to the senses in order to manipulate them by conscious mental control. Typically electronic sensing devices are placed on the skin to measure changes in the surface temperature and chemistry that reflect internal physical changes.

Body Alignment
Includes an in-depth structural analysis and strengthening of the core trunk of the client and a flexibility exercise program.

Body Composition
A method of measuring the ratio of body fat to muscle mass. This analysis is used to develop nutrition and exercise programs suited to individual needs.

Body Contouring
Working on specific parts of the body, such as the abdomen, buttocks and thighs to promote toning and increased flexibility.

Body Mass Index (BMI)
A measure of body weight adjusted for height.

Body Sugaring
Hair-removal process said to date from the time of Cleopatra.

Body Wrap
Warm sheets of cloth are soaked in herbal teas and wrapped around the body to relax muscles and soften the skin. There are several types of wraps, including herbal wrap, seaweed wrap and thermal wrap.

Breema Bodywork
A method in which the body is viewed as an energy system, although its meridians are not the same as those identified in the healing arts of China. Breema practitioners regard the body as a self-healing organism. Breema work is designed to create or recreate the natural balance and harmony that governs our mental, emotional and physical energies. The larger aim of Breema is to teach through experience the possibility of living with the full participation of body, mind, and feelings, it also teaches self-exercises.

A fine body polish done with a series of brushes and salicylic salt to exfoliate and refine the texture of the skin. The skin's surface is left smooth and silky.

Brush and Tone
Exfoliating treatment involving the dry brushing of skin to remove dead cells and stimulate circulation, and then applying hydrating oils or moisturizing agents to soften skin. The dry brushing technique may also be used as a preparatory step for other treatments.

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