Threading

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Removal of facial hair, especially from the eyebrows, using a looped and twisted thread.

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Trager Approach

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Utilizing gentle, non-intrusive, natural movements, The Trager Approach helps release deep-seated physical and mental patterns and facilitates deep relaxation, increased physical mobility, and mental clarity.

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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. Mild, sustained pressure is applied in order to gently stretch and soften the tissue. Trigger point therapy is used to treat neck and back pain, headaches, sports injuries and other conditions.

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Tui Na

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The literal meaning of tui na is "push and grasp", which is the main technique used.

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Udvartana

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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.

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Vamana

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

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Vibration Therapy

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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.

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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).

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Virechana

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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.

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Watsu

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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.

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

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Yoga

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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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