Thursday, November 14, 2013

4 Ways to Give Yourself an Amazing Spa Day

Most spas have a certain etiquette to keep in mind when visiting which helps set the mood for whatever you are about to experience. A trip to the spa isn’t like a trip to the salon. There is a certain etiquette that's followed to optimize your treatments. Recognizing these dos and don’ts of spa behavior will also help you to get the most out of your treatment. Here are some etiquette essentials when it comes to visiting the spa.

1.  Decide what kind of experience you're looking for.  The best way to get the most out of going to a spa is to choose the right kind of spa and treatments.  For some people, a spa visit means a quick day spa trip with a massage and a manicure; for other people, immersive spa retreats that offer wellness classes as well as treatments are the only true spa experience.  There is no inferior spa experience, but factors like your budget, your schedule, and your desire to escape the outside world all affect which type of spa visit will be best for you.

2.  Take advice from the experts.  When it comes to spa info, there are many online resources that will help you find exciting new services and products - see more at You can sign up for any treatment that you would like at a spa, but there are probably some that will benefit you more than others.  For instance, if you aren't an athlete, aren't injured, and don't suffer from chronic pain, a therapist would likely recommend a Swedish or hot stone massage for you rather than a deep tissue massage.  If you're younger, a specialist might recommend an exfoliating facial scrub rather than a rejuvenating chemical peel.  Again, you can choose whatever treatment you want, but remember that the specialists are experts and they are there to help you have the best experience.

3.  Respect spa etiquette.  Spas are one place where it is essential to be polite and respect etiquette; this helps maintain a good environment both for other visitors and for employees.  When you visit a spa you should leave as much of the outside world at the door as possible.  You should turn your cell phone off or refrain from talking on it and checking it constantly.  This will help you relax while improving the experience of other guests.  You should try to bring a positive attitude, which shouldn't be difficult, and be respectful to employees and other visitors.  You should also show up early for appointments and make sure that, if you have to cancel, you do it as early as possible.

4.  Be open with the spa specialists.  Whether you're a seasoned spa-goer or relatively new to the experience, it's always important to communicate.  The person who is providing your treatment needs to be aware of whether you are pregnant and have any allergies or injuries so that you can receive the most appropriate treatment.  If you're having an unfamiliar treatment like a mud wrap or a more forceful treatment like a deep tissue massage, you'll have a better experience if you talk about what to expect and vocalize any pain or discomfort during the treatment.

When you're new to visiting spas, it's important to be open to new things, respectful of policies and employees, and up front about the kind of experience you are looking for.  Besides keeping these things in mind, however, you shouldn't have to put any work into having an enjoyable spa experience.

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