Glossary Terms

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Medical Spa

The Medical Spa category is available to spas that have a full-time licensed health care professional on-site, which is further defined as a health professional who has earned a degree of Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) as defined by the AMA. All applications are reviewed individually and international standards are taken into account when applicants from outside the U.S. apply for membership.


A state of focused attention through which one emerges into an ever-increasing clear awareness of reality.

Meridian Line Therapy

Technique developed to restore energy flow through the twelve body meridians (energy lines).

Microdermabrasion Facial

A minimally abrasive instrument to gently sand your skin, removing the thicker, uneven outer layer. This type of skin rejuvenation is used to treat light scarring, discoloration, sun damage, and stretch marks.

Mineral Springs Spa

The Mineral Springs Spa category is available to those persons, firms, corporations or other business entities which operate a spa offering an on-site source of natural mineral, thermal or sea water which is used in professionally administered hydrotherapy treatments.

Moxibustion (Taiji Moxa)

A traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing on various acupoints on the body.

Mud Bath

A highly mineralized mud with oils and water used in a bath for guests to stimulate circulation, detoxify, and help reduce the pain of arthritis.

Myofascial Release

A technique which seeks to free the body from the grip of tight connective tissue to restore normal alignment and function and to reduce pain.

Nail Art

The practice of painting decorative designs on fingernails.


An intranasal plug of herbs used in ayurvedic medicine to eliminate ama.

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