Wellness dictionary

Little ABC for your spa-break questions ...

In their treatment discriptions, wellness hotels often use technical terms, which are hard to understand for potential guests. We have therefore collected and defined the most relevant terms in our small wellness ABC. A tip: Our wellness dictionary also supports word requests. You don't need to know the exact wording.


Waxing is – exactly like sugaring – a hair removal method.

The hair is removed with help of wax, which is either cool or hot.

In the first step, the to be waxed body part is cleansed and powdered. In sensitive body regions ( e.g. genital area) it is usually made use of hot wax. For this purpose, wax is heated and then applied with the help of a spatula in the growth direction of the hair. After cooling off, the wax stripe is then removed against the growth direction of the hair. In order to conduct a successful waxing treatment, hair should have a length between 4 and 5 millimetres. The hair shouldn't be much shorter or longer as it can't be removed properly or the removal could be painful.

24 hours before and after an epilation one should avoid sun bathing and also not apply creams. The first couple of times waxing can cause some pain, especially when the to be waxed skin area has been shaved before.

One of the most common waxing treatments is the Brazilian Waxing. This method entails the complete removal of hair from the private parts. Did you know? Women who conduct waxing treatments are called  'Depiladora'.

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Wilfried Dreckmann - Wellnessexperte und Spa-Coach

Wilfried Dreckmann

Wilfried Dreckmann combines practical experience in the field of wellness and spa with academic know-how.  Since 2006 he is working internationally as a management consultant, trainer and coach for wellness providers. He is a lecturer at the iST Studieninstitut and associate professor at the iST University of applied sciences in Düsseldorf.