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Spa Etiquette  

Get the most out of your spa escape. As with most experiences, communication and knowledge are key to making sure you get the results you’re looking for. A massage with just the right pressure. The most luxurious bath. A eucalyptus wrap instead of a grape seed scrub. While each spa is unique and has its own guidelines for spa etiquette, here are some tips to help you become a spa connoisseur.

Making Your Appointment
Make your spa reservation as far in advance as possible – at least two weeks minimum for weekday appointments, and even more for weekends and during peak summer months and holidays.

Most spas require 24 hours advance notice for cancellations. Anything less and you’ll be charged the full amount of your treatment(s). To ensure this doesn’t happen to you, ask about the spa’s cancellation policy when you make your reservation.

Arriving at the Spa
Arrive at least 20 minutes prior to your appointment, so you can shower, slip into a robe and slippers, and unwind. If the spa offers a steam room, sauna or Jacuzzi, you should allow even more time to indulge prior to your appointment. Not only will you be getting your money’s worth, but you’ll also warm up those tired muscles and give your body a head start to ultimate relaxation.

Cell Phones
The etiquette here is simple: don’t. As much as we’d like to pretend, the spa is not ours alone. To ensure a serene environment for everyone, turn off your cell phone and pager before you arrive.

The Naked Truth
Should you disrobe completely when getting a massage or keep your underwear on? While massages are usually done in the nude, it’s important to disrobe only to your comfort level. And while most spas provide robes, you should bring a bathing suit if the spa has a co-ed steam room.

Co-Ed Amenities
While most spas provide separate his and hers locker rooms and lounges, some have shared facilities such as a co-ed steam room or shared relaxation lounge. If you may be uncomfortable sharing spa facilities with the opposite sex, be sure to inquire about amenities before booking your appointment.


Communicate with Your Spa Professional
After all, they’re there to help you find bliss. Communicate your preferences for male or female therapists at the time of your appointment. And when you’re at the spa, be clear about your expectations, concerns, health considerations, and goals. If the water is too hot or the pressure too much, let the therapist know so he/she can make the appropriate adjustment.

The standard these days is to leave 15-20% gratuity, based on your satisfaction with the treatment and service. Most spas do not automatically include the gratuity in their fees, and the ones that do should state it clearly when you check in.


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