There is nothing more blissful than spending a day at the spa. Having someone massage the stress out of your back and shoulders, perfectly polishing your fingers and toes, smoothing your skin so it feels like silk; yes, a day at the spa is the ultimate in pampering.
While you can certainly have a great experience just by showing up at the spa, if you want to make sure that you get out of your experience, here are some tips to ensure you have the ultimate spa journey.
Do Some Research
If you really want to get the most out of your experience, make sure you do some research before you plan a visit to a day spa. Just because your best friend tells you that the day spa she goes to is the best, that doesn’t mean that it is the best spa for you. Do some research before you select a location. Find out exactly what services they offer, how long each service lasts for (a 75 minute massage is much different than a 30 minute massage,) and exactly what you can expect out from each service.
Learn About Pricing
You also want to make sure that you find out about pricing before you schedule your appointment. Doing so will ensure that you aren’t hit with a huge surprise when it’s time to check-out. Finding out that you owe $300 when you thought you were going to be paying $150 will instantly zap all of the relaxation you soaked up out of you.
When you are inquiring about pricing for services, don’t forget to ask about gratuities. Find out if they are included with the price of a service, or if they are an additional cost. If they are not included with the cost of the service, remember that each individual you work with will need to be tipped, and tips are customarily 15% to 20% of the cost of the service. Also, gratuities that are not included with the cost of the service will more than likely be expected in cash, so make sure you bring enough with you.
Go On A Tour
Don’t be afraid to ask if you can have a tour of the facilities before you schedule an appointment. Doing so will allow you to ensure that the spa is up to your expectations. While you’re on your tour, ask questions: How are items cleaned and what products are used to clean them, for example. Also, take a close look at things like the condition of the massage tables and pedicure chairs, and the cleanliness of the bathrooms and floors. A high-quality spa will adhere to strict sanitary guidelines and will provide excellent tools and materials.
There’s nothing worse than planning a day at the spa, only to find out that they are booked when you walk in. Make sure you schedule your appointment well in advance to ensure that you will be treated.
Make sure you are open and honest. If you have never received a treatment before, don’t be afraid to admit it. Also, make sure you let the professionals who will be working with you know any pertinent information; for example, if you are having a massage, tell your therapist how much pressure you can handle or if you’re seeing someone for long island physical therapy, or if you are having a facial, let the esthetician know about any skin sensitivities you may have.
An investment in a day spa is an investment in yourself. Follow these tips to make sure you get the most out of your investment.