Check the Menu
There isn't any kind of universal certification for day spas (though there are usually state licensing requirements). Just because a place calls itself a day spa doesn't mean it's going to have the specific services you're looking for. Most day spas have a selection of services listed with the price for each, which is generally referred to as "the menu." Call ahead or stop in and go over the menu before you schedule an appointment. Smaller day spas might offer beauty salon services and massage, but if you're looking for a full-service day spa, here are some services to look for:
- Manicure and pedicure
- Facial treatments
- Body wraps
- Hydrotherapy, steam room or sauna
- Therapeutic massage
Some spas may offer more advanced services, including areas for meditation or yoga, electrolysis, laser hair removal or therapeutic treatments under the supervision of a physician.
Should you take off all your clothes for a massage? Find out in the next section.