Spas of the Desert: Your Internet Guide to the Spas of the Palm Springs Area

 

Know BEFORE you go... what to Expect at a Spa

 

'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.

Arrive Early
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.

Modesty

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 experience.

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.

Food
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.

Medical History
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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