People go to spas for many reasons, to relax, revitalized, and renew. On of the biggest concerns we in the spa business hear, pricing and time. With so many options out there finding the right spa and service can be daunting. Keep in mind that getting the most out of your experience is what really matters in the end. Getting a spa service is more than just the massage, it is about the whole experience, from the time you enter to the time you leave.
Here are some general tips on how to ensure that you get the most from your Spa experience:
Take the time to do your research; just because your BFF swears by a certain spa that doesn’t necessarily mean that they will be a good fit for your needs.
Not all spas are created equally. Get to know about what the spa has to offer and how they do things. Including spa etiquette, service description, price, tipping, deposit, cancellation policy, etc. Just because a spa fits your budget doesn’t mean they will cater to your every whim.
Not sure, ask. If it is your first time going to the spa (or a spa), prepare a list of questions you would like to know, don’t wait till 5min before your service.
Ask for a tour. Spas love to show you around, if they don’t then that should tell you something. While most spas are happy to give you a tour, depending on the day of the week (spas are generally at their busiest Thursday through Sunday), the spa may be a bit crowded, or you may not get a chance to see actual treatment rooms due to current guests getting treatments, or guests who are in a relaxation/meditation area; spas want to preserve guest privacy and having a parade of would-be guests can be disruptive and distracting for their relaxing guests.
Never be timid or shy about admitting that you’ve never been to a spa or. Make sure to have the spa thoroughly describe what is involved in the that process from the person giving you the treatment and what’s expected of you while on the treatment table.
Let the therapist know, if at any time you feel experience discomfort or pain, immediately speak up.
Don’t be late to your appointment. Most spas will suggest you arrive at least thirty minutes beforehand. If you are late it is common courtesy to let the spa know. This ensures the person scheduled after you is not hindered on their experience. This also goes for not calling or not showing up for your appointment. Not showing up is extremely rude for all parties involved and is extremely frowned upon. Most spas keep notes regarding no shows and cancellations, you don’t want to be on this list.
Some no-nos in spa-dom — no loud talking or laughing, no cell phones or other electronic devices, and no children under 16 or 18 (this has to do with insurance).
Spa experiences are sensory-driven, no two therapists will have the same touch when they give you the same type of massage, even at the same spa. For example, facials, results will be different depending on the products used, since each spa tends to use their own preferred brand and private label brand (same for all treatments).
Your spa experience is an investment in self. You should always leave feeling better than when you arrived at the spa. And while problems are the exception, should any arise, approach it with honesty and sincerity. Most spas want satisfied guests and your feedback will be invaluable. Remember, they want you to spread the word, and especially to return.
Lastly, knowing why you want to go to a spa is just as important as finding a spa that will meet your needs and expectations. And while the spa experience is relaxing, pampering and restorative, it can also be life changing