Know BEFORE you go... what to Expect at a
'Know before you go' is our motto for spas. Nowadays
there is a spa to suit everyone and every activity. Some offer all day
sessions of pampering and others let you pop in for a quick treatment
during your lunch break. Consider what your lifestyle demands, and make
it a point to discover your personal Spa Style.
Research Your Spa
Choosing your spa is important. Read the brochures and try to get a
sense of the environment and whether you will enjoy being there. Do you
think the staff is friendly and helpful? Are you comfortable asking
questions and discussing your needs and treatments with them?
Know the spa's philosophy because many spas are specialized and vary a
great deal. Some specialize in beauty treatments like hairstyling, skin
care, and makeup application. Others are designed to be a day's escape,
a place to go to relax and reduce your stress. Others maintain a
holistic approach to wellness and offer nutrition counseling, exercise
classes, and alternative health treatments.
Know what you are looking for and what you hope to achieve from your
treatments. Familiarize yourself with the services the spa offers. Ask
for a detailed description of the treatments that interest you and know
what each treatment entails before you book your appointment.
Don't rush. Relaxation is one of the benefits of spa treatments and it
is important to take full advantage of your visit. Plan to arrive 15-30
minutes before your appointment as most spa treatments begin exactly on
time. A late start would shorten your treatment as appointments finish
on time in order to avoid inconveniencing the next client.
Additionally, if you don't show-up for your appointment, you will be
charged -- often the full amount.
Consider Other Guests
Enjoy the silence. Spa is a place for quiet and relaxation and you
should leave all cell phones, pagers and MP3 players outside and turned
off. A Spa is a place for you to pamper yourself - leave your
children with a babysitter so that you can devote these precious moments
to looking after yourself.
Most spas suggest that you undress completely for
massage treatments and you will be partially covered or "draped" with
towels or a sheet during the treatment. If you would rather not be
completely undressed, then you can wear undergarments. Ask beforehand
about the privacy levels in the dressing, shower facilities and
treatment rooms so that you can prepare yourself and feel comfortable.
At no point allow yourself to feel vulnerable - that would spoil the spa
What to Bring
As little as possible. Many spas provide cotton robes, unlimited towels,
and slippers. Many also provide hairstyling and facial products. If you
have something important to attend to when you leave, consider bringing
your own hair and makeup toiletries. Leave jewelry and valuables at home
or in a safe place.
Arrive with the feeling of being neither hungry nor full. If you wish to
have a bite to eat do so at least 1/2 hour before your treatment.
Keep in mind the length of your treatment and plan ahead. By all
means avoid alcohol immediately before or after spa treatments.
Be open with your medical history so that your therapist can help you to
choose appropriate treatments. It will be useful to know whether you
have suffered any trauma or if you have any of the following conditions:
high blood pressure, heart condition, allergies, varicose veins,
pregnancy or recent surgery.
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