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.

Hot Stone Massage  -  Traditional massage with hot stones

Many Asian, North and South American and Hawaiian cultures have used stones for rituals and healing purposes for thousands of years.

The basis of a hot stone massage is the hot stones, which are heated in water to a temperature of 60°C. Only basalt stones are used for a hot stone massage because they retain heat well due to their volcanic origin.

A hot stone massage usually lasts between sixty and ninety minutes. It is then recommended to rest for about an hour afterwards.

To commence, the patient lies down on warm basalt stones to relax the muscles and prepare for the massage. The warmth speeds up blood circulation and improves oxygen supply to the cells as well as creating a deeper relaxation. The energy lines (the meridians) are mapped out using a brush and warm herbal oil, along the spine and down to the feet. Then about forty warm stones are placed along the energy lines.

More stones are then used for massaging. The therapist starts at the head, working towards the arms, chest and stomach and will finish with the legs and feet.

Another method is to create a vibration. The therapist gently hits one of the stones placed on the body with another stone. This will release deep muscular tension.

A hot stone massage improves circulation and the efficiency of the metabolism, increases lymphatic drainage, reduces muscular tension, generates deep relaxation and revitalises the whole body.

This service is offered by the following hotels

S 94%

LIFESTYLE Resort Zum Kurfürsten

Mittelmosel I Rheinland-Pfalz

S 87%

Land Gut Höhne

Rheinland I Neanderthal I Nordrhein-Westfalen


Göbel's Landhotel

Upland I Sauerland I Nordhessen


Grand Hotel Binz

Ostsee I Insel Rügen

S 93%

Romantik Hotel Freund & Spa Resort

Südliches Sauerland I Nordhessen

S 91%

Krumers Post Hotel & Spa

Tirol - Österreich

S 92%

Seezeitlodge Hotel & Spa

Nationalpark Hunsrück-Hochwald


Das Paradies

Vinschgau | Südtirol

S 81%

ambassador hotel & spa

Nordfriesland | Wattenmeer

S 83%

Seeschlößchen | Privat-SPA & Naturresort

Niederlausitz I Lausitzer Seenland l Oberspreewald I Brandenburg


Lundenbergsand Hideaway & Spa

Nordfriesland | Wattenmeer

S 90%

Hotel Heinz



Hotel Neptun

Warnemünde I Ostsee


Jammertal Golf & Spa-Resort

Naturpark Haard | Münsterland

S 90%

Spa & Resorthotel Georgshöhe

Insel Norderney I Nordsee

S 90%

Strandhotel Ostseeblick

Ostsee | Insel Usedom


Vitalia Seehotel

Holsteinische Schweiz I Segeberger Seen I Schleswig Holstein

S 89%

Waldhotel Tannenhäuschen

Niederrhein I Nordrhein-Westfalen


Hubertus Alpin Lodge & Spa

Allgäu - Balderschwang