As is true in many other places, a day spa requires proper etiquette to allow all clients to relax and take a welcome break from their usual routines. The last thing anyone would want at a day spa is distractions. On your next visit to a day spa, here is a list of proper etiquette guidelines that you should observe. It will help make your visit a worthwhile experience for you and for everyone else.
Arrive on Time for Your Appointment
Day spas almost always book appointments in order to avoid keeping clients waiting for an extended period of time. If you have set an appointment for your therapy, be punctual. Arrive on time so as not to delay the scheduled service to clients who will arrive after you for treatment. Come 15 to 20 minutes ahead of your appointment so that you will have adequate time to sit and relax before the session begins.
Turn off Your Cell Phone and Converse Quietly
One of the things a spa is known for is serene ambiance and soft music. This helps set a mood of relaxation for their guests. As much as possible, stay in tune with the serenity of the atmosphere by keeping your voice low when conversing and setting your cell phone on mute so as to not bother other guests who are enjoying the peace and quiet of the spa.
Let Any Particular Preferences be Known
If you are particular about the gender of your masseuse, let that preference be known ahead of time, preferably when you make your appointment. Though most spas primarily have women therapists, there are some spas that also employ men in this role. Since the latter is certainly the exception to the rule, if that is what you prefer, don’t forget to inform the spa when you book for a treatment since there are not many male therapists available at all times.
Underwear vs. None-derwear
Once at the spa, you are normally requested to change into something more comfortable such as a robe and slippers. It is always your choice as to whether or not you keep on your undergarments. Normally, you wear nothing else except for panties under the robe so that the therapist can massage your body thoroughly. Your body is always draped except for the specific area being treated. If you will not be comfortable unless you retain all of your underwear, let that fact be known so that you can discuss this and come to a mutual agreement.
Retain Your Modesty
The flip side of that coin is that while you are waiting in the lounge area for your massage therapist, be considerate of the other guests by making sure that your body isn’t overly exposed.
If Not Comfortable, Let That be Known
As soon as you are ready, you will be escorted into the therapy room and given a moment to remove your robe and climb onto the treatment table under the draping sheets. The therapist will normally ask if you are comfortable. This is your time to indicate if anything at all in the current arrangement is or makes you feel uncomfortable. Since the primary goal of massage therapy is to relax you, it would certainly be counterproductive to be uncomfortable in any way before you even begin the procedure.
Relax and Enjoy
During the massage, lie still on your chest, relax and enjoy the procedure. If you feel uncomfortable with anything such as the pressure of the massage, the lighting or the music, feel free to inform your therapist so that any necessary adjustments can be made. If you feel as if you are not being treated properly, it is certainly reasonable to request another therapist.
Leave a Tip
The final suggestion is to remember to leave a tip for your massage therapist. This is one way to express your satisfaction with the service. The normal amount of the gratuity is at least 15%-20% of the basic amount you paid for the session. Frequently an envelope is provided for your use when the therapist leaves the room after your treatment or you can leave the tip with the person who is closing out your entire bill.
Now that you know what to expect, you can come to your time of spa treatment relaxed and properly prepared for this wonderful pampering of yourself. Let the moment embrace you and leave you renewed and revitalized!