Spa Etiquette 9 – Your Complete Guide to Spa Etiquette

1) Tardiness- As a common courtesy, please arrive at least 15-20 mins before your scheduled appointment at your spa. This will allow time for a leisurely check-in, a change of clothes and a few moments to relax before your wonderful spa experience.

You want to be able to get the full effects of this special treat. Rushing and arriving late will unfortunately limit the time for your treatment, thus setting you up to feel tense, anxious, and prevent you from enjoying this blissful occasion. Your treatment must end on time so that the next guest’s service will not be delayed. Your scheduled time is your table time. If you arrive late to your day spa , you will be charged in full and that will truly be unfortunate.

2) Cancellations or Appointment Changes – Spa services are booked months in advance. If you must cancel or change your appointment time, the usually give you 24-48 hours prior to your scheduled time to avoid any charges. Be sure that you are clear on the spa’s cancellation and appointment change policies. Otherwise Cleveland med spa they may very well bill you for the full amount.

3) Walk-ins – Most day spas do their best to accommodate you with walk-ins. However, a specific time that you desire may not be guaranteed, so it is always best to make an appointment in advance if you require a certain time.

4) Dress Code – I would suggest you wear casual attire something you can easily slip off and on without fussing. Not all spas allow you to bring your own robes or slippers into the spa. Find out ahead of time if they will allow you to have treatments in your own undergarments or swimsuit, however please understand that they are not responsible for any damage or staining to these articles. To protect your clothing, most day spas provide you with disposable underwear, robes and slippers while at the day spa. Again always find out before hand.

5) Modesty – The best way to receive a massage or other bodywork at the spa is to be unclothed. HOWEVER, they should “never require” you to disrobed if it makes you uncomfortable. Only Disrobe To Your Comfort Level! If modesty is an issue please don’t hesitate to speak up while you still have you clothes on. You can also ask about spa treatments that can be done while you’re fully clothed. Most therapists are trained in the “art of draping.” They will leave the treatment room while you get under the sheet on the table, keep you covered at all times, except for the area of the body they are working on, and will leave the spa treatment room before you get up from the table. Depending on the service and your needs, you may receive a robe and slippers for your treatment. Make sure the spa will provide you with any necessary towels, robe and slippers for you to wear during your visit.

6) Valuables – Check to see if the day spa you are visiting provide you with secured lockers, showers and a variety of personal items for your use. Most spa therapies flow more easily without the interference of jewelry. I recommend removing all jewelry and placing them in a secure locker. Never put them in your robe pocket! Frantic searches in robe pockets or nooks and crannies in the treatment room are stress producing for everyone involved. Please do not bring valuables into the spa as the staff cannot be responsible for loss or damage of such items.

7) Shaving – If you need to shave (particularly beardless men receiving a facial), do it at least two hours before your spa appointment. If you have booked a body scrub, I highly recommend shaving the day before. Rubbing salt into the slightest razor wound is not a very relaxing experience. Ouch!

8 ) Courtesies and Comforts – OK gadget-aholics….Please turn of all cell phones and pagers before entering the spa. The spa is an oasis of peace and quiet. Although spas try to disguise outside interference with music, fountains and sound-absorbent walls, loud voices and noises do filter through. Please be mindful of the other spa goer’s enjoying their peaceful moments, and try to keep the volume of your conversations to a minimum. Be mindful that most day spas are a smoke-free environment.

9) Food and Beverage- It’s best not to receive bodywork on a full stomach before going to the spa. Schedule meals or snacks at least an hour before your spa treatment. Drink water, especially if heat therapies are part of your spa package. Since bodywork introduces clean, oxygenated and nourished fluids into your tissues and stimulates your body to purge toxins, it is important to flush them out by drinking plenty of water. Be aware of what you’re putting into your nice clean body after your spa treatments, especially refined sugars, high fats, caffeine and most importantly, alcohol – these may have a stronger effect on you than normal. Toxins that are not flushed from your body can be reabsorbed and may give you a “toxin hangover”. Drink more water if this happens.

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