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Spa Terminology for a Luxury Experience

by Debra C, Argen
Ayruveda Oil Treatment
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Hot Stone MassageThe New Year has arrived full of promises, and one of the best ways to start 2009 is with a Spa treatment, however, navigating a Spa menu can often be confusing. Luxury Experience helps guide you through Spa treatments to ensure that you have a perfect Spa experience.

As regular Spa goers, we have had many interesting and exotic Spa treatments over the years that ranged from simple massages to ear candling. Luxury Experience’s motto is "Bringing the Experience of Luxury to You" and with that in mind, we have tried to demystify Spa menus to make your next Spa visit a little easier to manage.

Spa treatments are more than just lovely little pampering indulgences they also offer therapeutic benefits that include the renewal of our bodies, minds, and spirits. A facial can help erase minor skin imperfections to help keep us looking our best, a massage can do wonders to relax our muscles or help re-energize our bodies, while scrubs and wraps can help hydrate and polish our skin to a healthy glow. The only decision that you need to make is which treatment will best suit your needs.


Massage using essential oils to relax or energize depending on your requirements.


An Eastern Indian holistic approach to treat the body, mind, and soul, using herbs and over 300 types of oil; it is more than a massage it is a lifestyle.


Balinese Massage:

A gentle treatment that uses oils, palm pressure, and stretching techniques to relieve tension and improve blood flow.


This relaxing treatment involves a series of steps that includes steam treatment, massage with essential oils, a through scrubbing of the body, followed by a cool shower.



Hopi Ear Candling:

This is a Native American treatment to clear your senses and balance your total being.

Hot Stone Massage:

A relaxing treatment that involves warm oils and warm, smooth stones that are placed or massaged on strategic points of the body.

Hot Stone Massage


Hydro massage:

Water therapy with jet massage. 

Hydro Massage


Lumi-Lumi Nui Massage:

An ancient Hawaiian holistic ritual to promote balance, harmony, and flow, using continuous gentle flowing strokes.

Lymphatic Drainage Massage:

Stimulates circulation and promotes lymphatic drainage of excess fluids and toxins.

Reflexology Massage:

Chinese treatment that uses pressure points on the feet, hands, and ears to reduce tension and stimulate circulation.

Reiki Massage:

A Japanese treatment using the hands to increase energy and wellbeing.

Shiatsu Massage:

Japanese treatment that uses the pressure points for a deep and relaxing treatment.

Sports Massage:

Promotes physiological and psychological benefits to relieve muscle tension.

Swedish Massage:

Involves long, flowing strokes that include kneading, light touch, rhythmic tapping, pressure, and vibration.


An indigenous Mayan ritual to purify the mind, body, and spirit, that takes place in a stucco structure with hot water poured over heated stones to steam out impurities.



Thai Massage:

Massage takes place on a mat on the floor, where you wear loose fitting clothing and through pressure point massage and stretches, the therapist helps to increase flexibility and circulation.

Watsu Massage:

Takes place in a warm, shallow pool where the therapist provides massage through stretches and pressure points for a relaxing experience.

As you make your New Year’s resolutions, we hope that you will include Spa visits as a regular part of your regimen. Luxury Experience wishes you a happy and healthy New Year!

For more Spa information, please read the articles in the Spas section.

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