Top 5 Tips for Choosing a Day Spa


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Know Spa Etiquette
Your masseuse will swaddle you with towels beforehand, but you don't have to strip down for your massage if you don't want to.
Your masseuse will swaddle you with towels beforehand, but you don't have to strip down for your massage if you don't want to.
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If you're a spa first-timer, the spa's employees will help guide you through the various services and procedures, letting you know what's expected of both you and your esthetician. Still, it's a good idea to learn about spa etiquette ahead of time. These are general rules that most spas adhere to, but if you have questions, you should call the spa to find out how the staff does things.

It's usually preferred that you remove all your clothing and wear the provided bathrobe for services such as massages or body wraps. The esthetician will drape your body with towels, so nothing more than necessary is uncovered. However, the client's comfort is a spa's primary responsibility, so if you prefer to wear a swimsuit or undergarments, you should be allowed to do so.

Be aware that spa employees have other appointments, so it's important to arrive on time. This way, you can enjoy maximum relaxation and be on your way before the next appointment starts.

Some spas include a gratuity in the base cost of a service, but if they don't, it is customary to tip your therapist or other service provider. You can call ahead to find out how your day spa operates.

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