The idea of going to a spa for the first time is exciting and at the same time intimidating. You may be unsure of what to expect once you’re inside. Don’t worry, we’re here to help. But before you dive right in, let’s talk about the different types of spa:
1. Destination Spa
This one is a totally immersive and usually all-inclusive spa, and it is centered around wellness and bringing back alignment of the mind, body, and spirit through various spa services, fitness activities, healthy meals, and even group discussions.
2. Resort Spa
The spa is among the several amenities offered by the resort. They may also have other fun offerings like yoga, cooking demos, Zumba, but it’s not as complete as what’s being offered by destination spas.
3. Day Spa
This is your best bet if you only want to be pampered for a few hours. You can book multiple treatments, use the sauna and steam rooms, and even get a manicure/pedicure. Most women (and men) choose this type of spa since it’s generally less expensive and also does not require a lot of planning to avail. Examples of establishments where you can book a massage treatment are: Elements Massage and JCPenney Spa.
Once you’ve decided on which spa you’d like to go to, here are then some tips to keep in mind to have a wonderful experience:
1. Spas tend to book up quickly so if you plan to go to a resort spa and would like to book their spa services, be sure to book an appointment around the same time as you book your stay.
2. If you have a preference for a female or male therapist, be sure to indicate this in your request.
3. Arrive 30 minutes early. Some spa treatments require you to fill out a medical questionnaire. Moreover, you may be able to get a quick tour if you arrive before your appointment schedule, plus you will also need some time to change clothes.
4. You’ll be provided with a robe and a pair of slippers and most spas also supply shampoo, conditioner, hair dryers and hand lotion. The high end spas even offer razors, toothpaste, toothbrushes and body sprays.
5. Before your treatment, go to the bathroom even if you think you don’t need to at the moment. You don’t want to have to go pee in the middle of your treatment.
6. If you’re worried about what you should be wearing underneath your robe, don’t be. Most people don’t wear anything under their spa robes but if you want to leave your underwear on, it’s perfectly fine.
7. If you’re getting a massage be sure to let your therapist know about your body aches and which part of your body needs attention.
8. If the water in your therapeutic bath is too hot, let your therapist know about it so they can adjust the temperature accordingly.
9. If you fall asleep while getting a massage, it’s fine. It only means you are enjoying your treatment.
10. Tips are much appreciated. You can add it to your credit card total or you can put the money in a small envelope and hand it to your therapist.
11. If sauna or steam bath is available, don’t be shy to use it. A good sweat is a great way to detoxify your body.
12. After your treatment, give yourself time to enjoy the moment and relax. Some spas may offer you tea or water. Take it.