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.


Day Spa

A Day Spa offers a range of water-based, beauty and fitness treatments, but on a daily basis as there is no overnight accommodation. Also known as a Destination Spa.

Dead Sea mud

A mineral-rich mud from the Dead Sea in Israel. Used for the treatment of rheumatic conditions and to induce relaxation.


The elimination from the body of poisons and toxins which have accumulated through alcohol and drug abuse.


A jet or stream of water applied to the body as a form of treatment. See Scotch douche and Jet Blitz.

Drinking cure

medicinal water for hydration and for the supplementation of minerals.

Dry Float

A body wrap of mud, salts, herbs and or hay applied directly onto the body or liquids and creams are soaked into non-woven sheets on a waterproof sheet. A platform is lowered onto the water surface to create a sensation of floating. The water is contained in a plastic envelope so that there is no filtration or purification required.

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