If you’re new to the spa world, here are some pointers to make the most of your first visit:
1. Because spas, particularly those at hotels and resorts, tend to fill up quickly, plan your spa appointment at the same time as your hotel reservation.
2. When booking your session, specify whether you want a male or female therapist. Don’t be afraid to speak up. If you’re a woman, express your preference for a female therapist. That is also true for guys. Males are preferred by some men, whereas others select females. Most spa-goers don’t matter, but it is entirely up to the person.
3. Arrive early if possible (30 to 60 minutes prior at the very least). Certain treatments, such as massages, necessitate the completion of a medical questionnaire, and you’ll need time to change and go on a little tour. Prior to your treatment, you may like to take advantage of some amenities (such as the pool, sauna, steam room, relaxation room, and gym). Allowing yourself time to relax and enjoy the experience will also help the therapy more effectively.
4. Most spas will give robes and slippers and bathroom necessities like shampoo, conditioner, hand lotion, and hair dryers. Some even include razors, mouthwash, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and various other little items. Spas, like hotels, differ from one another, so ask what you’ll need to bring when making your reservation.
5. Use the restroom before attending a service. You don’t want the therapy to be disrupted by nature’s call.
6. Don’t be anxious about what to wear underneath the robe. Most individuals are naked beneath their spa robes, but it’s acceptable to keep your undies on. Many spas even sell disposable underpants specifically for this purpose. You can ask for a pair when you’re shown to the locker room. While some European spas are more open to nudity, most professional spa therapists are trained in sophisticated draping procedures. Only the body part is treated as being visible at any given moment. So don’t worry about lying there naked and feeling vulnerable because you’ll be covered by a combination of sheets and towels most of the time. Of course, if your treatment includes a soak in a whirlpool bath, you’ll need to remove your towels before entering. But, well, if you want to wear your underwear, that’s fine; it’s entirely up to you. Another thing that novice spa attendees may not be aware of is that therapists will normally leave the room to give you privacy to remove your robe and hop onto the treatment table, and vice versa at the end of the session. So unwind. During a session, professional therapists do everything they can to make clients feel relaxed and unconcerned.
7. Inform the therapist of any aches, pains, or locations that require treatment.
8. Inform your therapist if the water in a therapeutic bath is too hot, the massage pressure is too strong, the wrap is too tight, or anything else makes you feel uneasy. Unless you tell them, they won’t know.
9. Some customers will communicate and ask questions during treatment, while others will not. It is everything up to you to determine what is best for you.
10. Don’t be concerned if you fall asleep at the table. It’s the pinnacle of relaxation.
11. While a 15 to 20% tip is common, gratuities can occasionally be included, especially if you’re purchasing a package, so inquire about the tipping policy when making your reservation. Tips can be added to a credit card’s total or placed in little envelopes available from the cashier.
12. Don’t leap immediately back into the rat race after a treatment. Allow yourself a few seconds to unwind and enjoy the peace. Toxins can also be flushed out by drinking water or herbal teas.