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2 Tips for the First-Time Spa Patron

As soon as you open that gift certificate for your first spa day, you might daydream about fluffy robes, luxurious services, and an improved complexion. However, if you haven't visited a spa before, you might be in for a few surprises—unless you know what to expect. Here are two tips for the first time spa patron; read them so that you can relax and enjoy your day:

1: Arrive a Little Early to Fill Out Paperwork

If it is your first time at the spa, you might be asked to fill out a little paperwork in the lobby before you head back for your treatment. In addition to signing off on procedures, this paperwork also warns spa employees about allergies or other conditions which could become a problem during the procedure. For example, if you are allergic to certain ingredients in common moisturizers, professionals might need to use alternate lotions. Also, if you have certain medical conditions, spa professionals might need to watch for sudden symptoms.

 In addition to your name, address, phone number, and known allergies, professionals might also ask for a secondary contact in case of an emergency.

2: Don't Be Shy about Your Preferences

Everyone has things that they are comfortable and uncomfortable with, so there is no need to be shy about your preferences. Spa technicians are used to accommodating requests. Here are a few choices you might be given before, during, and after your treatment:

  • Before Your Service: Do you have a preference between a male and female masseuse? If you prefer one over the other, let the front desk know before your service.
  • During Your Service: If you don't feel comfortable taking something off, don't be scared to mention it to your spa professional. Spa experts are trained to drape fabric for the modest-conscious so that you can feel comfortable. Also, mention if your treatment is uncomfortable at any time so that professionals can adjust the pressure during a massage, for example.
  • After You Are Finished: After your treatment, professionals might show you the retail products that they used. Don't be scared to explain that you aren't interested in buying extra products or to ask more about the lotions, creams, and cleansers they suggest.

Knowing what to expect and what you can ask might help you to enjoy a comfortable, enjoyable day at the spa. Call ahead to decide which treatments you want to have and then enjoy your experience!