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Tips for a Satisfying Time at a Spa

If the prospect of being in a spa makes you nervous, you sure are not alone. Several people’s first spa experience is through a gift card. Some people don’t even use this privilege for fear of what would happen, and of the more basic points of spa etiquette.

But just relax. The number one issue is being naked during a massage. In reality, spas – reputable ones at least – follow strict regulations for draping during massage. The only part of your body that will be exposed, is the one the therapist is working on. Everything else will be covered with a large towel or a blanket. Also, there are treatments that let you keep your clothes on, such as reflexology.

And you don’t need to worry about what you should or should not do as someone will be there to assist you during your visit.

Choosing a Good Spa

Most of us select a spa depending on what’s convenient to us – located nearby, costs cheap, etc. However, there are other factors you have to take into account, like the the therapists’ credentials. In fact, if there’s a spa that is much cheaper than the others, this may be a sign that their therapists are not licensed.

The staff’s attitude is also important to consider, and you can get a sample of it by calling them. If they’re rude or unprofessional, forget it. And when you actually get there at the spa, you should be greeted by a sense of quiet with only soft music in the background, low lighting, soothing aromas, and a clean environment.

If you want to be familiar with a spa before booking, just ask them for a quick tour. In most cases, they would be happy to oblige. When booking your appointment, tell them it’s a first for you. You can expect them to be more patient with you in providing answers to any questions you may have. Most likely, they are going to have some questions for you as well, like whether you would like your therapist to be male or female.

Before the Visit

It’s good not to eat at least an hour or so before a massage to avoid passing gas during the session. To maximize the benefits of the treatment, drink lots of water after.

Talking to Your Therapist

Finally, don’t hesitate to speak to your therapist during the massage. So if you want more pressure, let them know and they’d be happy to adjust. If you’re in the mood for a small chat-chat or if you want total silence, they’ll take your cue. It’s mainly about you and making you feel good, so relax and enjoy.

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