Tips To Ensure An Enjoyable Day Spa Experience
Are you planning on spending a day at the spa? If so, you’re going to want to read all the advice and tips we have below to make sure you have a wonderful experience. Choosing the right day spa doesn’t need to be difficult – even if you want somewhere to relax and maybe take a nap while you wait for your massage appointment.
TIPS TO ENSURE AN ENJOYABLE DAY SPA EXPERIENCE
Here’s a few things you can do to make sure you don’t spend too much money and that you receive everything you need to be able to relax and rejuvenate while making yourself look great at the same time. Call and confirm so that there will be no nasty shocks or surprises or when you learn the actual prices upon completion of treatment. Once satisfied, you should make an appointment that suits your schedule
Ask for recommendations from friends, and find out which are the best day spas that offer the most satisfying experience and service, NOT the cheapest. Some spas are best for groups of friends; others are perfect for a wellness de-stress break. Do a bit of research into the spa and its facilities and fit the spa to your needs, not the other way around.
STOP THE CLOCKS: TIMING MATTERS
If you're visiting a resort spa, it's worth noting when you can use the spa facilities. Although check in and out at the hotel will be at specific times, you can often use the spa before or after your stay. Put your luggage in the car (or ask the hotel to store it for you) and end your trip on a blissfully high note.
If you’re booked into a day spa experience, arrive on time and stay as long as you possibly can. Give yourself a few extra minutes for an arrival drink, as this is included in many spa days. It helps you to relax after your journey and get your bearings. If you know you can’t manage to spend the whole day there, why not look for afternoon or evening spa packages. They are a great way of fitting some spa time into a busy schedule and some spas stay open until 9 or 10pm.
If you’re indulging in a treatment, try and book it in the afternoon. That way you can splash around in the water and explore the heat experiences beforehand. If you book your treatment too early, those luxurious spa oils that cocoon your body and your luxury facial products will get washed off – what a waste. It’s better to leave the products on as long as possible to reap the benefits.
If you have chosen to have a massage, it’s a good idea to spend 20 minutes in the sauna beforehand. It warms and relaxes your muscles preparing them nicely for an even deeper and more relaxing experience. If you’re having a facial, ensure that your skin is thoroughly cleansed to save your therapist wasting precious minutes removing your make-up. Use the steam room ahead of your treatment to open your pores.
If you can’t have a treatment at the end of the day, call and see if they have products in the changing rooms. That way, if you take a dip post treatment you know you can treat your skin to some more spa goodies before you head home.
WHAT TO DO?
Arrive on time – even better, make sure you arrive at least 15 minutes before your appointment time so that you need not rush when dealing with paperwork.
Turn off cell phones – there’s nothing more annoying than the incessant sound of ringing cell phones disturbing your peace and relaxation.
Shower – physical hygiene is important, even before a spa session. It also helps avoid chlorinated water from being massaged into your skin after enjoying a hot tub or pool session.
Tip the therapist or masseuse: It is the norm to tip 15-20% of the total price. Do ask beforehand if the final price includes gratuities, otherwise ask for the envelopes in which you can place your tip.
WHAT TO WEAR?
Wear something that’s easy to remove. Also consider bringing a fresh change of clothes if you don’t want to wear something that smells of sweat right after a refreshing spa session.
Change into robe and slippers. Request for another robe if you find the first one unfit or uncomfortable. Regular spa goers sometimes bring their own pair of robe and slippers.
What’s the issue with nudity? Most day spas require customers to disrobe and be in the buff (albeit under the sheet) before a massage. A masseuse will usually excuse him or herself so that you can change alone. Always speak up about any discomfort you may have, and you may be recommended treatments that won’t require you to undress, such as reflexology or reiki.
BEWARE: 5 THINGS YOU SHOULD BE CONCERNED WITH WHEN VISITING DAY SPAS
1. Rough handling: Some therapists or masseuses go over the top with vigorous treatments. Tell them you prefer gentleness over a barbarian’s touch, or silence over incessant conversations.
2. Pushy personnel: There’s nothing more annoying than pushy personnel who want you to shell out more cash for additional treatments or products. The right thing to do is to politely but firmly decline, and in worse case scenarios, you can even request for another therapist if the first one does not please you.
3. Allergies, reactions and overall health conditions: If you have allergies or existing health conditions, it pays to reveal them to your therapist. People with high blood pressure or heart disease should try to avoid extreme heat in steam rooms, for example. Similarly, those with nut allergies should check if any almond-based massage oil will be used.
4. Dangers for pregnant moms: While relaxing spas are just what the doctor ordered to de-stress a pregnant woman, expectant mothers should try to avoid any treatment that involve high heat (steam, sauna, hot tubs) and instead opt for prenatal massages, facials, reflexology and aromatherapy.
5. Risk of infections: A spa may seem clean at first glance, but there could be bacteria and germs lounging about even as you enjoy a seemingly tranquil experience. Spa pools may possibly be good breeding grounds for bacteria and fungi, and while you cannot avoid being in there as part of a treatment, you should take care to shower immediately after. However, if you have cuts or open wounds on your body, you should avoid foot treatments that involve soaking your feet in water-filled basins to avoid infections.
If you are able to follow most or all of the tips above, the advice will help you find a great place to get away – no matter where you live in the world. The important thing to remember is that you shouldn’t go with the first spa you run across. Instead, it’s a better idea to do your research and even try a few different places until you find one that works best for you. Before long, you’ll realize just how much you love the spa experience and will want a repeat of that all over again!
Via Luxury Activist