In every industry there is a set of terms which create their own unique language and jargon for that industry. But in some industries, such as the spa industry, these terms are often used in our everyday business and can be confusing to our customers. How can you be expected to purchase a service or product if you don’t even know what it is? We’ve compiled a list of some of the most common words used within the spa industry and their definitions so you can confidently review any spa service menu.

Massage Services


Massages are a great way to relax and often have wonderful health benefits associated with them too. But sometimes just trying to figure out what type of massage to get can be confusing. These definitions will help you understand different types of massages and options available with them.

  • Acupressure – the use of specific pressure applied to targeted pressure points for therapeutic effects including relaxation and relief of pain and muscle tension.
  • Aromatherapy – the use of plant extracts or essential oils with aromatic scents during a massage to increase the level of relaxation received during the massage.
  • Bamboo Fusion – the use of a warm bamboo stick being applied to specific areas of the body to perform a deep-tissue massage.
  • Cupping Therapy – an ancient type of alternative medicine that uses special cups placed strategically on your skin for a few minutes to create a suction that can relieve pain, reduce inflammation, improve blood flow, act as a deep-tissue massage, and promote overall relaxation and wellness.
  • Deep Tissue Massage – a type of massage therapy that aims to realign deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue to relieve chronic pain, stiff neck, back pain, and muscle tightness.
  • Essential Oils – an oil that is derived from a natural source such as a plant. Using essential oils during a massage can promote the overall level of relaxation and can also aide in the physical and mental health conditions the massage is targeting.
  • Hot Stone Massage – a form of massage therapy that uses smooth, warm stones applied to targeted areas of the skin to act as a deep-tissue massage. The warmth and weight of the stones naturally relax the muscles to the areas they are applied which allows the massage therapist to apply deeper pressure to those areas.
  • Reflexology – a form of massage therapy that aims to relieve muscle tension and treat illness by focusing on reflex points located on our hands, feet, and head that are linked to every other point of our body.

Facial & Skin Services


We all want to take care of our skin the best that we can. But choosing the facial and skincare routine that is right for you is difficult if you don’t understand the many different terms used in the spa industry.

  • Body Wrap – a full body wrap that is designed to cleanse and detoxify the entire body in order to improve overall physical and mental well-being and to help in the weight-loss process.
  • Chemical Peels – a beauty treatment that is used to improve the physical appearance of the skin on the face, neck, or hands by applying a chemical to the skin that deeply exfoliates and then peels off.
  • Dry brushing – the process of using a dry brush with stiff bristles to exfoliate dead skin cells from the surface layer of your skin and improve blood flow by brushing the skin.
  • Hypoallergenic – the term used to describe products that are very unlikely to cause an allergic reaction.

To make your next appointment for one or more of our spa treatments contact Brandon Essentials today. We are a full-service salon and spa offering facials, waxing, nail services, hair services, massages, eyebrow and lash services, and men’s services. Ask us about our spa day packages to combine services! We look forward to helping you relax and feel beautiful!