Your First Time
It's your first time at a spa.
You're nervous, shy and curious; a little
embarrassed to be bare-assed. If this sounds like
you, you're a spa virgin. But rest assured, your
first time getting a massage will be handled by
professionals who quite literally put you into their
massage-etiquette, your first step should be to
arrive at the spa on-time or somewhat early. As you
check-in for your massage you will most likely be
issued a robe and directed to a changing area.
Undress completely, or if modesty doesn't permit,
leave your panties on. As you settle down on the
massage table, your therapist will keep your body
draped under a sheet.
The room will be dimly lit and
the sheet will only be moved to expose the area
being worked. The massage therapist will ask general
questions to allow you to receive the most from the
session. Give feedback. If something is
uncomfortable or hurts, if you're too hot or too
cold, if there's a specific area that needs
attention speak up. But most importantly relax,
close your eyes, let your mind wander and allow
someone else to take care of you.
Basking in the Afterglow
All good things must come to
an end. After your massage, you'll emerge from the
spa relaxed, peaceful, a little less tense but
perhaps somewhat light headed. It's a good idea to
drink lots of water following the massage to help
remove the released waste and toxins. But now what?
Chances are you're thinking about when you can do
this again. Take this time to book another massage
appointment at the spa. Whether its next week, next
month, or six months from now you're more apt to
keep an appointment if you make one right away.
Though up to your discretion, tipping is always
appreciated. If you enjoyed your massage and
therapist, the general rule of thumb is 10-15% of
the cost of the session.
And finally, don't go right
home. Prolong that loosey-goosey,
just-had-a-massage, feeling by spending some more
quality time alone. Go window shopping, stop for
some tea or simply drive the real, long way home
listening to your favorite CD. Not a bad ending for
your first time.
Sandra Mahoney is a mother of 3 and
Million-Dollar-Mama.com is a realistic
web site for mothers who don’t have a lot of
‘me’ time. Our goal is to encourage mothers
to put themselves first on their 'to-do'
list and take time out of their busy
schedules to do the things that bring them
joy: girlfriend getaways, get-togethers with
friends, working out, and the occasional spa
treatment. Look like a million -- feel like