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.
An ancient Chinese martial arts form of meditation with a constant flow of energy and movement. It combines mental concentration, slow breathing and dance-like movements to increase chi (life energy).
Traditional Chinese Medicine.
An oil-less massage performed on the floor and designed to increase flexibility, decrease stress.
Treatments using sea water for preventive or curative purposes. Includes seaweed and algae wraps and hydrotherapy.
Improvement of the thermo regulation by sauna baths, steam baths and heating baths as well as by hydrotherapeutical measures.