Spas are a haven of relaxation, but they can be very intimidating places for first-time spa visitors. Visiting a spa for the first time is an unforgettable experience; there is almost a ritualistic quality about the spa, complete with procedures, etiquette and unwritten rules. If you are planning on visiting a spa for the first time, here is everything you need to know in order to have a pleasant and relaxing experience.
Familiarize yourself with the service menu. Familiarizing yourself with a spa’s services will prepare you so that you won’t be surprised when you arrive for your appointment. Study the spa’s website, as it will often contain detailed descriptions of services, the products being used, and how they are applied. When booking an appointment, ask the receptionist or spa coordinator any questions you may have, such as what you may need to bring along, what clothing is best to wear, and how long the service will take.
Check your modesty at the door. Many spa services are intimate encounters with a total stranger. When receiving a massage, for instance, you will be required to undress before allowing a total stranger to put their hands all over you. If you are an extremely modest and self-conscious person, you might be too tense to enjoy your service. However, keep in mind that spa technicians are professionals who adhere to a strict code of ethics. They see dozens of clients each day, and they will neither be impressed nor disgusted by your body. They have seen it all, and they are simply doing their job.
Arrive 10-15 minutes early. A spa is an appointment-based business, and arriving late will not only be inconsiderate to the staff, but to other patrons of the spa. It is important to arrive early on your first visit in order to fill out all of the necessary paperwork and to familiarize yourself with your surroundings. On your first visit, you will be shown where the restrooms are, where the lockers and changing rooms are, and where other amenities are located.
Expect to fill out a lot of paperwork. During your first visit, you will be required to provide private details about your medical history. For many spa services, this is extremely important. Always disclose any allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, and list any chronic illnesses or health problems.
Leave your valuables at home. For many services, it may be necessary to remove jewelry, such as rings, bracelets and necklaces. Even though most spas have lockers, it is still a good idea to leave your valuables at home. During a typical spa visit, you may be doing a lot of walking back and forth between the waiting area, the reception area, the restrooms, the locker rooms, the therapy rooms, the changing areas, and possibly even the shower area. It is quite easy to misplace personal belongings in a spa. Do not expect a spa’s staff to bring their business to a screeching halt while you scour the premises for a missing earring.
By following these guidelines you will have no trouble getting the most out of your first spa experience. The first visit is an intimidating experience for many people, but once you overcome your initial apprehensions the spa may just become your favorite place in the world.