Spa Glossary, I – L
We’re continuing this week with another installment of our Spa Glossary and we’re covering letters I, J, K, and L. If you have any spa terms you’d like some help defining, please be sure to leave a comment below.
Interval Training: A combination of high energy exercise followed by a period of low intensity activity.
Iridology: A method of detecting the condition of body organs by reading markings in the iris of the eye.
Jin Shin Do: An ancient art of harmonizing life energy within the body by placing fingertips over clothing on designated areas.
Kur: A prescribed holistic course of treatment taken in a health-oriented spa or natural mineral springs spa for the purpose of improving overall health or a specific health condition.
Lactic Acid: A naturally occurring substance in the skin and is produced by our muscles when we work out. Lactic acid build up causes muscles cramping and occurs when muscles are overexerted. Lactic acid derived from milk products is often used in facial products as an exfoliant.
LaStone (Hot Stone) Therapy: A bodywork involves the use of heated and cooled stones (Thermo therapy) applied to the body in various ways to bring about relief to stiff and sore muscles.
Lip Treatment: The gentle exfoliation of dead skin cells and application of hydrating lip balm.
Lomi-Lomi: Traditional Hawaiian bodywork which uses energy in the form of waves. These waves are produced by the mind (intent), the body (touch & motion), and the spirit (energy field). The therapist uses long, broad strokes and rocking movements.
Loofah Scrub: Brisk rubbing with a Loofah sponge to exfoliate the skin and stimulate circulation.
Lymph Drainage: A gentle and pulsating pressure or massage of specific areas of the body located around the lymph nodes and toward the heart. The purpose of this massage – used extensively for neck, head, and shoulders during facial massage – is to increase the lymphatic flow to promote the body’s internal cleansing (toxin drainage).