Glossary Terms

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An ayurvedic body massage that uses a paste made of ground grains to cleanse the skin, improve circulation and help weight loss.


In Ayurveda, one of the five steps of panchakarma which refers to therapeutic vomiting induced to eliminate the mucus causing builup of kapha.

Vampire Facial

Other Name(s):
Vampire Facelift, Platelet-rich Plasma Facial, PRP, Autologous Facial

Definition of Offering:
A facial treatment incorporating an application of platelet-rich plasma.

Vibration Therapy

Whole body vibration refers to a training method employing low amplitude, low frequency mechanical stimulation to exercise musculoskeletal structures for the improvement of muscle strength, power, and flexibility. The technology centers on a recurrent change of position on a vibrating platform to stimulate muscles to work by the stretch reflex, ensuring all muscle fibers are stimulated at one time.

Vichy Shower (Therapy)

A Vichy shower is a shower with from 5-7 vertical shower heads in which large quantities of water are showered over a spa patron while he or she lies in a shallow wet bed (similar to a massage table, but with drainage for the water).


In Ayurveda, one of the five steps of panchakarma in which castor oil or other laxatives are administered to induce purgation after being on an empty stomach.

Volcanic Mud Therapy

Other Name(s):
Volcanic mud baths, volcanic ash treatments

Definition of Offering:
Volcanic mud treatments utilize the healing properties that are found in volcanic ash to treat, soften and detoxify the skin.


A form of aquatic bodywork, Watsu is characterized by one-on-one sessions in which a practitioner or therapist gently cradles, moves, stretches, and massages a receiver in chest-deep warm water.

Waxing (Hair Removal)

The act or technique of applying a depilatory wax to the body for removing hair.


An ancient Hindu system of stretching and toning the body through movements or postures (asanas), composed of deep breathing, relaxation methods, and diet. Yoga is frequently part of stress-reduction programs.

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