Abhyanga

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A form of ayurvedic medicine that involves massage of the body with large amounts of warm oil which is often pre-medicated with herbs for specific conditions.

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Acrylic Nails

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A polymer coating used as an extension for natural nails.

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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

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

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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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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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Affirmation Therapy

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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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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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Alexander Technique

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The Alexander Technique is a method that works to change (movement) habits in our everyday activities. It is a simple and practical method for improving ease and freedom of movement, balance, support and coordination.

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Amma

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This bodywork therapy utilizes traditional Asian medical principles to assess and evaluate imbalances in the energetic system. It aims to restore and maintain optimum health through the treatment of the physical body, the bio-energy, and the emotions, which are all bound into the neuromuscular system.

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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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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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Anthotherapy

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Therapeutic spa treatments, provided either in dry conditions or in hot and humid caves filled with vapors.

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Aerobics workouts performed in a swimming pool. Water resistance is utilized to stretch, strengthen and increase stamina. This activity is also commonly known as aquacize.

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Aquamedic Pool

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This wonderful experience has been passed down for centuries. It’s a sensation over your whole body in a pure seawater pool that is comfortably heated. Jets create hundreds of bubbles inside the pool leading to bliss and relaxation for all.

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Aromatherapy

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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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Aromatherapy Massage

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Aromatherapy massage combines the power of pure essential oils to help balance our whole body well-being, on a physical level, balance the mind and emotions, combined with a specialized massage drawn from the traditions of both East and West.

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Art Therapy

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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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Asanas

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 Yoga postures. See Yoga for more information. 

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Ashiatsu

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

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