Art Therapy

Glossary Term | Category: Glossary Terms

Characterized by the use of symbolic communication presented by graphic, pictorial, sculpted, modeled, collage-composed, or other art media. Art expression involves a confrontation with the psychic images of the realm of inner perception.

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Aston-Patterning ®

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A method of physical therapy in which a rigid pattern of exercises is imposed to stimulate weak or paralyzed nerves and muscles to act on their own.

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Astrology

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The study of planetary (and heavenly) influence on human psychology, character, and relationships.

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Topic of focus - Quarterly Performance

Gross revenue at day and resort spas grew substantially in the first quarter of 2015 – 70 percent of respondents reported higher gross revenue.

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Topic of focus - Full-Time versus Part-Time Employees

The headline numbers reveal an industry that provides employment for many people on a part-time basis, but that is also generous when converting to full-time.

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Topic of focus - Quarterly Performance

In regards to gross revenue change for the first quarter of 2016, 74 percent of ISPA spa member respondents reported some level of increase over the same quarter in 2015.

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Topic of focus - Job Descriptions

When asked which job positions had written descriptions almost all (99 percent) of all spas responded yes for both massage therapist and receptionist roles. 

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Ashiatsu

Glossary Term | Category: Glossary Terms

A method through which therapists apply massage techniques directed through bare feet.

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An alpha-hydroxy acid based peeling derived from different fruit acids, used to reduce age spots, soften age lines, control acne, improve complexion and in general revitalize the skin's texture and appearance. 

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Aura

Glossary Term | Category: Glossary Terms

Energy field around the body, whose color changes according to the individual's health; physical, mental and spiritual.

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Affusion

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Pouring or spraying of water onto the body. Water temperature may alternate between hot and cold.

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Aquamedic Pool

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Hydromassage pool with water jets of varying pressures, directed at various parts of the body.

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Affirmation

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This technique is used to overcome physical ailments and emotional problems by repeating a positive statement, similar to the therapy of visualization.

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Anaerobic

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The opposite of aerobic, anaerobic applies to exercises or movements that do not require blood circulation or delivery of oxygen to the muscles, as in weight lifting and bodybuilding.

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Asanas

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 Yoga postures.

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Aerobics

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A series of rhythmic exercises. performed to music, based on increasing oxygen intake to stimulate heart and lung activity and burn fat.

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Acupressure

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Finger massage designed to release muscle tension and promote healing by applying pressure to "energy points" or "meridians" in the body.

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Acupuncture

Article | Category: Glossary Terms

An ancient oriental healing technique discovered and developed more than three thousand years ago, acupuncture is based on Taoist philosophy.

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Aromatherapy

Article | Category: Glossary Terms

An ancient healing art dating back to 4500 B. C., Aromatherapy usually refers to treatments such as massage, facials, body wraps or hydro baths with the application of essential oils from plants, leaves, bark, roots, seeds, resins and flowers.

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Amma (Amna)

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Founded by Tina Sohn, this bodywork therapy utilizes traditional oriental medical principles to assess and evaluate imbalances in the energetic system.

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