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.



Treatment using volcanic mud mixed with paraffin wax and used to relieve the aches and pains from muscles and joints. This forms a thin layer which is more easily disposed of than traditional mud.

Paraffin Treatments

Paraffin wax is brushed over the body, hands or feet and then covered in a plastic wrap to trap the heat. As the wax solidifies, dirt and dead skin cells are drawn from the surface leaving it silky-smooth. The heat generated helps to relax the body.


Series of cures using physical energy (mechanotherapy, electrotherapy, ultra-sound therapy, light therapy, etc.).


Total of all natural (non-chirurgical) therapies applied to re-establish, to maintain or to improve the harmonic function of the human organism.


Healing treatments using plants, shrubs, trees, aromatic essential oils, seaweed, herbal and floral extracts. Applied through massage, packs or wraps, water and steam therapies, inhalation, homeopathy and drinking of herbal teas.


A series of gentle, muscle strengthening exercises formulated by Dr. Joseph Pilates during the 1920‘s.

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