Tips for a Satisfying Time at a Spa
If the prospect of being in a spa makes you nervous, you sure are not alone. Several people’s first spa experience is through a gift card. Sometimes, they don’t even use it because they’re scared about what’s going to happen and having no idea about spa etiquette.
But keep calm! But don’t worry. The biggest concern is often removing your clothes for a massage. Truth is, good spas follow strict draping protocols when providing massage treatments to their clients. You only need to expose the specific area of your body that is being worked on. The rest will be unexposed (you will be given a large towel or blanket). Also, there are some treatments – for example, reflexology – that don’t need you to remove your clothes.
And you don’t need to worry about what you should or should not do as someone will be there to assist you during your visit.
Selecting a Spa
Most of us choose a spa based on convenience–what’s located nearby, what is my budget, etc. However, there are other factors you have to take into account, like the the therapists’ credentials. In fact, if there’s one particularly cheap spa, this could mean they have under-qualified therapists.
Also look into the staff’s behavior, and you can give it a test run by calling them for an inquiry. If they’re not nice and professional over the phone, look for another spa. And upon arriving at the spa, you should be met with a quiet and sanitary environment, with the addition of soothing aromas, dim lights, and smooth, relaxing music.
If you want to be familiar with a spa before booking, just ask them for a quick tour. Often, they would be eager to give you one. When booking a session, let them know it’s your first. They should be extra patient with you as you ask all the questions you may have in your mind. Most likely, they are going to have some questions for you as well, like whether you would like your therapist to be male or female.
Just Before You Go
It’s good not to eat at least an hour or so before a massage to avoid passing gas during the session. To maximize the benefits of the treatment, drink lots of water after.
Communicating with Your Therapist
Lastly, don’t be shy to give feedback to your therapist during the massage. For example, if you want heavier pressure, tell them so they can adjust the pressure until you think it’s fine. If you want to chat or not to chat, they will follow your cue. It’s mainly about you and making you feel good, so relax and enjoy.