It’s natural to be nervous the first time you go to the spa. Most first-time goers have a multitude of questions about the process and the correct etiquette during a spa visit. This small guide should put all your questions away.
Every spa is different so if you want to make most of the spa you’ll be visiting, it is worth getting there ahead of time so the staff can give you some instruction over the process. Typically though, you should arrive 5-10 minutes ahead of time anyway as you may be asked to fill out a consultation form.
Once you have been registered, you will be taken to a room to change. You will be given towels to wrap around you and clean slippers, usually disposable and therefore previously unused. After about 10minutes, your therapist will come and knock on your door to see if you are ready before taking you to the treatment room.
Of course, a message will involve a certain amount of nudity, but you don’t have to worry about being seen naked. Therapists are trained to shift the towels to ensure that all private areas remain private. Some spas have a policy which states that all clients must keep their underwear on but usually, it all depends on what makes you comfortable.
If you feel you would have a more relaxing time sans underpants, then you will be draped with towels anyway. If you need to turn, the towel will be held high by the masseuse so nothing will be seen.
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Feel free to tell your therapist which way you like your massage done (soft, medium, hard) and if there any parts of the body you`d like the therapist to focus on (shoulders, lower back, feet) or where not to touch (“I don`t like foot massage, it tickles me”, etc.). The most therapist will ask you at the beginning of the session but feel free to comment during the massage and help them understand your preferences.
Punctuality is a key in the spa world. Popular spas work on a tight schedule that barely leaves room for negotiation so being even a few minutes late could cause a chain reaction that may affect other guests. So if you arrive late, then be prepared for a shorter session as more than likely your therapist will have to leave for another appointment.
If you need to cancel, try and cancel and reschedule 24 hours beforehand. It is a standard rule that those who cancel less than 24 hours will have to pay for the session despite not turning up.
If you have a health condition or if you`re pregnant its best to consult your doctor before booking a session as the treatment you are after may not be suitable. Either way, you should advise your therapist of any special medical condition or if you`re pregnant. Remember also to switch off your mobile phone as a courtesy to others and you should be in for the most relaxing time of your life.