Wellness Glossary

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Abhyanga

A warm oil Ayurveda massage using dosha specific oils.

Abhyangam

An oil massage applied in strokes according to the circulation channels.

Acupuncture

Derived from ancient Chinese medicine, Accupunture involves fine needles which are inserted in certain areas of the body for therapeutic or preventative purposes. 

Aerobics

A fast-paced exercise with involves the repetition of movements to music. It burns calories and gets the heart pumping. 

Anti-cellulite massage

A massage using rhythmic motions, stroking and kneading to loosen fatty tissue and smooth the skin's surface.  

Aromatherapy massage

A Swedish massage therapy which uses massage oils or lotions that contain essential oil. 

Ashtanga Yoga

A type of yoga which includes swift succession, combined with deep, controlled breathing.

Ayurveda

Ayurveda (meaning 'knowledge of life') is a 5,000 year old system of natural healing originating in Kerala in India. Recognised as an alternative medicine, it believes that health is balanced between the body, mind, spirit and environment and that we are all governed by a particular 'dosha' - Vata (wind), Pitta (fire) and Kapha (earth) which make up the characteristics of our mind and body. Your dosha is established at an initial consultation with an Ayurvedic doctor and then you follow a personalised programme to 'rejuvenate' you based on your dosha type.
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Bikram Yoga

Yoga which consists of 26 poses and ideally practiced in a hot room heated at 35–42 °C

Body bio-impedance analysis (BIA)

A technique used for estimating body composition. You stand on a Tanita monitor and low, safe electrical signals are sent from 4 metal electrodes through certain parts of the body. 

Body Wrap

A type of spa treatments which aims to reduce body measurements through skin-cleansing ingredients and wrapping the body in hot bandages. 

Bodypump

A fast-pased exercise done to music which involves weighted reps to varying beats and speeds, working legs, back, arms, triceps and abs. 

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Chenot Method (Henri Chenot)

Chenot Method is a tried and tested form of detox combining treatments and diet established by Henri Chenot. The aim is to prevent the body from bad toxins, premature aging and aid longevity. The treatments, which are a combination of classical Chinese medicine and the latest scientific advances in western medicine, help to activate energy channels and stimulate physical functions. This in turn restores balance in the body. Ultimately, the aim is to expel toxins from the body, so the organs can perform better. 

Chi Nei Tsang

A holistic treatment where the abdomen is warmed with oil and massage strokes. 

Colon hydrotherapy

A therapy which removes toxins by inserting water into the rectum. 

Core Suspend

Exercise performed suspended off the ground. 

Cryotherapy

A treatment which uses sub-zero temperatures to treat illness and skin conditions. It involves freezing a certain area of the body with liquid nutrogen. 

Cupping

A traditional Chinese therapy which uses warm cups to stimulate energy flow by place them on the skin of the meridan line.

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Deep Tissue Massage

A deep pressured massage aimed at releasing muscle tension. 

Dhanyamla Dhara

Warm, herbal liquid is poured over the body in rhythmic movements.
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Facial

A treatment for the face which uses exfoliation, peels, face masks and massage. 

Floatation

A therapy where you lie back in a bath of water that cushions you in weightless buoyancy. It can be either in a closed tank or open pool. It's a great way to releve stress, aches and pains. 

Four-handed massage

Feels like you are experiencing two full-body massages at the same time. This massage is done by two therapists at the same time. 
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Hammam

A treatment done in a steam room. The therapist usually massages and washes you. 

Hatha Yoga

A slower and more gentle yoga style which is great for beginners or those who prefer a more relaxed style where you hold poses for longer. 

HIIT

High-intensity interval training burns lots of calories. It involves high-intensity workouts putting your body in anaerobic mode, whilst strengthening and working muscles and the cardio system.

Hot stone massage

A massage which uses smooth, heated stones. 

Hot Yoga

Yoga which is performed in hot and humid conditions. 
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Indian head massage

Acupressure massage used on head, face, neck and shoulders. 

Infrared sauna

A type of sauna that uses light to create heat. The sauna allows your body to sweat and release toxins. 
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Kativasthi

Warm, medicated oils are poured over the lower back within a herbal paste boundary.

Kizhi

Herbal leaves or powders are dipped in warm, medicated oils and applied via boluses (cloth pouches) to the whole or parts of the body.

Ksheeradhoomam

A mixture of medicinal extraction and cow's milk are heated and the steam passed through a tube and applied over the affected area or whole body.

Kundalini Yoga

Yoga which repeats movements or exercises as well as chanting, meditation, mantras and dynamic breathing techniques. Movements are synchronized with the breath. 

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LBT (Legs, Bum, Tum)

A exercise class focused on toning the body rather than loosing weight. Exercises include crunches and squats. 

Lepanam

Medicated herbal paste is applied on the affected part.

Lomi Lomi Massage

A traditional Hawaiian massage that involves a combination of massage techniques, nut oils, and sometimes elements of prayer, breathing and dance to restore energy and soothe the body.

Lymphatic drainage

A skin massage which involves hand sequences and movements which create friction to the skin and encourages lymth vessuals under the skin to work harder. 
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Mayr Detox Concept

The Mayr concept was created by the Austrian, Doctor Mayr when he discovered through his research that many diseases originate in the digestive system. Simply put, toxins are released into the body via the intestines through bad diet and high stress levels. Therefore, he went on to develop a cleansing method that would give the intestines a rest, flush out the toxins and rejuvenate the body.

Meditation

Meditation or mindfulness is a way of tuning in to your body, letting go of the constant chatter from the busy world around you and finding some peace and inner calm. 

Moxibustion

A heat therapy which uses dried plant materials called 'moxa' that are burned near the skin with the aim of treating pain. 

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Nasyam

Herbal juices and medicated oils are applied through the nose.

Njavarakizhi

Certain parts or the whole body are made to sweat by the application of medicinal boluses tied (cloth pouches) by 2-4 therapists. 
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Pilates

Exercise with the aim of strengthening the body focusing on core strength. 

Pilates reformer

Exercises done on a reformer which help length, strength and flexibility. 

Pizhichil

Lukewarm herbal oils are applied all over the body by 2-4 therapists for 60-90 minutes. The treatment is done on a special table made of Strychnos Nuxvomica wood.

Power Yoga

A vigorous, vinyasa-style yoga. The teacher allows students to move as they want instead of following a routine. 

Pranayama

A breathing exercise which aims to clean the physical and emotional obstacles in the body.

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Qi Gong

The co-ordination of body posture and movement, breathing and meditation. 

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Reflexology

Reflexology is thought to have originated in China and it's a therapy based on the theory that different points of the feet correspond to different areas of the body. No oils or liquids are used during the treatment and the therapist will massage points on your feet, hands and head using thumb, finger and hand techniques. By massaging them, the therapist can stimulate energy to flow and help the body to heal itself physically and emotionally.

Reiki

A Japanese technique whereby hands are laid on a certain part of the body to help energy to flow better. 

Restorative Yoga

Relaxing and passive style yoga which allows students to release the body into a gentle stretch. 

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Shiatsu

A Japanese technique whereby the therapist will use touch, comfortable pressure and manipulative techniques to balance energy flow and adjust the body's physical structure. 

Shirodhara

Herbal oils, medicated milk and butter milk are poured from a height on the forehead in a continuous flow of liquid.

Sirovasthy

Lukewarm herbal oils are poured into a cap fitted on the head and held.

Snehapanam

Medicated ghee or oils are given internally in proportionally increasing quantities.

Sound bath

A deeply meditative experience where you immerse yourself if sounds such as gongs. 

Spin

A very high intensity cardio and leg workout. 

Swedish Massage

A massage which stimulates circulation, releases tight muscles an helps to flush the circulatory system. 

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Tai-chi

A slow, flowing sequence of movements which originates from China. 

Thai massage

A traditional massage developed by Buddists which uses stretching and gentle pressure to increase flexibility, relieve join and muscle tension and balance the body's energy system. 

Thalapothichil

Medicinal herbs selected to your dosha and made into a paste, are applied to the scalp. 

Thalassotherapy

Thalassotherapy slowly helps to loosen body stiffness and eliminates stress, insomnia and chronic fatigue through the use of seawater in baths, jets and showers. The feeling of wellbeing continues long after the treatments - de-solving tension and helping to regain calm and tranquility.


Total body resistance (TRX)

An effective exercise which uses 2 straps and helps to build muscle combining strength with cardio training. 

Tradtional Chinese medicine (TCM)

TCM is traditionally from China and has evolved over thousands of years. The use of herbal medicine and mind & body practices are used to treat or prevent health problems. 
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Udvarthanam

Herbal powders are applied by 2 therapists on the body in a specific movement. 

Ultrasonic Lipolysis

Ultrasonic Lipolysis specialises in reducing localised fat in areas such as stomach, upper arms and thighs as well as buttocks. The mixture of a delicate vacuum pressed onto the skin and ultrasonic waves rupture fat cells is even advanced enough to destroy the new layer of fat cells. However, the method only targets fat cells without affecting other organs and has no side effects meaning that it's completely safe

Urovasthi

Warm, medicated oils are poured over the chest. 
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Vasthi

Herbal oils and extracts are applied through the rectum – like a medicated enema.

Vichy Shower

A massage performed under a shower of water. Treatments can include body scrubs, body masks and body wraps. 

Vinyasa Yoga

A yoga style where you synchronise your breath with vigorous style movements and rapid flow through sun salutations. Also can be known as 'flow yoga.'

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Watsu

A gentle form of massage which takes place in warm water, usually in an indoor pool. It's one-on-one and you are continuously supported while the therapist floats, cradles, rocks and stretches you. 
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Yin Yoga

Slow-paced yoga where poses are held for at least 5 minutes. 

Yogalates

Exercise which combines Pilates poses with the breathing techniques of yoga. 
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Zumba

A fitness exercise created by a Columbian dancer. It involves dance and aerobic movements performed to energetic music.
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3GL Analysis

A patented protocol by Euphoria Retreat in Greece that with a few drops of blood, measures the 3 most important biomarkers for your metabolic health - glycogen, glucose and glutathione (called 3GL), the main endogenous antioxidant against free radicals. Endogenous antioxidants are released from food and vitamins through digestion and travel through the bloodstream and into the cells - they can prevent the forming of free radicals and cellular damage. The result of the 3GL test (which is 100% accurate) will reveal your individual cellular needs in metabolic regulation and activation, anti-ageing, wellness, cellular protection and longevity. As a result, the diet that you follow will be adapted to your specific, personal needs. Euphoria Retreat’s 3GL therapy is designed to be effective when followed by a diet of smaller, more regular meals throughout the day which boost your metabolism and energy levels.