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.

Foot reflexology  -  treatment for the entire body by applying pressure to the feet

Foot reflexology is a form of reflexology that concentrates on the feet. The reflex zones on the soles of the feet, toes and bridge are stimulated.

How foot reflexology works exactly hasn’t been scientifically proven and so the benefits are only known through observation and experience. Despite this kind of massage being very beneficial, it can only be considered as a wellness massage because of the lack of scientific proof. It is believed that the reflex zones in the feet are connected to certain organs and that they reflect the entire body. That means each organ and body part corresponds to a particular zone on the feet. In the thirties, Eunice Ingham started developing a foot reflex theory where the feet were divided into 68 zones. She produced a detailed map of the human body in small images on the feet.

Foot reflexology treatments are used in various fields. The effect depends on the experience and competence of the therapist. For example, foot reflexology massage can help with stress, pain relief, heart problems, circulation disorders or inflammation. Reflexology may not be advisable for those suffering from psychosis, inflammation of the veins or lymph vessels as well as infections resulting in a fever. It is also not recommended during pregnancy as it can trigger early labour.

This service is offered by the following hotels


Göbel's Landhotel

Sauerland / Nordhessen

S 91%

Strandhotel Ostseeblick

Ostsee | Insel Usedom


Grand Hotel Binz

Ostsee / Insel Rügen

S 93%

Romantik Hotel Freund & Spa Resort

Südliches Sauerland / Nordhessen


Familienhotel Sonnenpark

Sauerland / Nordhessen


Hubertus Alpin Lodge & Spa

Allgäu - Balderschwang


Vitalia Seehotel

Holsteinische Schweiz

S 90%

Spa & Resorthotel Georgshöhe

Insel Norderney/Nordsee


Hotel Neptun


S 82%

ambassador hotel & spa

Nordfriesland | Wattenmeer


Das Paradies

Vinschgau | Südtirol

S 92%

Seezeitlodge Hotel & Spa

Nationalpark Hunsrück-Hochwald


Lundenbergsand Hotel und Spa

Nordfriesland | Wattenmeer

S 91%

Krumers Post Hotel & Spa

Tirol - Österreich


Jammertal Golf & Spa-Resort

Naturpark Haard | Münsterland