Whether this is your first trip to the spa or your 101st trip, spa etiquette still rings true. You’ll get a better spa experience by keeping these tips in mind.
Book in advance
Most spas don’t accept walk-ins. It’s a good idea to call ahead to find availability for a service you’d prefer. Maybe the aesthetician who does the pumpkin peel facial only works on Tuesdays. Or the massage therapist who does the lymphatic drainage massages only works on the weekends. Calling ahead ensures you get the treatment that you want.
Customer requests upon booking
If you’re booking a hands-on treatment such as a massage, a body wrap, or a scrub, make sure to request a therapist based on your comfort level. Do you prefer a male or female therapist? Let the spa know. Are you pregnant? Have lower back pain? Have a sensitive spot on your body? Let the spa know.
The Bellagio in Las Vegas lists their Spa Etiquette Guide online, and when it comes to health problems and comfort level, they want to know about allergies, high blood pressure, any physical ailments, or disabilities. This information allows their staff to prepare in advance the best possible spa treatment or therapy for you.
Know the spa’s cancellation policy
Most spas have a 24-hour cancellation policy, but find out just in case. If you violate the policy, the spa is legally permissible to charge you for up to the full amount of the treatment.
Food and drink
Try not to eat at least an hour before the treatment. Avoid any alcoholic beverages as these can dehydrate you. Drink plenty of water. A spa treatment often releases toxins from the body, so drinking plenty of water before and after your treatment, will keep you properly hydrated. This is especially important if you plan on using spa facilities such as the steam room, sauna, or whirlpool. Spa responsibly!
Arrive at the spa early and turn off your cell phone
First, there’s the question of finding parking, based on where your spa is located. Second, if your visit to the spa is a ticket to some R&R, then consider arriving at least 15 minutes before your appointment. This will give you a chance to unwind and clear your mind before beginning your treatment. Also, cell phones need to be turned off. While you may see this as a great opportunity to catch up with your Aunt Madge, your locker roommates may not be so inclined. Turn your phone off and leave it in your locker. After all, you are there to relax.