Valuable information from the world of spas and spa medicine

The glossary of the European Spas Association contains a variety of definitions and explanations of all sorts of terms related to spas and health resorts. This extremely useful dictionary can be ordered from bookshops (ISBN 3-88907-014-0) or directly from ESPA's head office in Brussels. As a foretaste, a few excerpts from the dictionary containing plenty of interesting information are listed below.

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Balneotherapy

A general term for water-based treatments using natural thermal, spring, mineral or seawater to induce relaxation, improve the circulation, stimulate the immune system and bring about detoxification whilst revitalising the body.

Body Composition Analysis

An evaluation process used to determine the ratio of the body fat against lean body mass. Results aid in establishing individual nutrition and exercise programs.

Body Wrap

The body is wrapped in hot linens, plastic sheets and blankets. Heat penetrates the skin resulting in relaxation and skin revitalisation.

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