First-time spa-goers have a lot of anxiety -- especially about getting undressed in front of a stranger. The staff is there to make you comfortable and guide you through the experience. And most people enjoy it so much they come back. But here are a few tips and answers to questions about going to the spa.
First, get there early. Arrive at least 15 minutes early so you can change into your robe...longer if you want to enjoy the facilities.
Will you have to take off all your clothes for a massage? For a traditional Swedish massage, the answer is usually yes, but modesty is always protected. And there are forms of massage where you stay clothed
Will men get aroused? The therapist uses a non-sexual form of touch called therapeutic massage, and it should be deeply relaxing, not arousing.
What if it hurts? The therapist is there to give your body what it needs. If the pressure is too much-- or too little -- speak up.
How long can I lie on the table after the treatment? Usually they need the room for the next person, so you should be up within five minutes. There's usually a lounge or meditation room if you need more quiet time.
If you're getting a facial, you will be asked about your home care routine and products will be recommended. Don't feel pressured to buy.
How much should I tip? A tip of 15 to 20% for good service is appreciated. If there was a problem, let the desk know. If you have a spa gift certificate, ask if the tip was included. If not, leave a cash tip.
It's great if you can make massage and facials a regular part of your life. If you really like the experience, consider scheduling another appointment.