Have Realistic Expectations
The primary function of a day spa is to help you relax and feel pampered. Many of the treatments can certainly improve your health and leave you looking your best, but don't expect the fountain of youth. Some spas make pretty outrageous claims, but chances are that your chosen day spa isn't going to get rid of your cellulite, slim and tone your body in a week and erase a decade from your face.
Especially when it comes to medical spa treatments, don't put too much stock in recommended services -- even if the staff physician is the one pushing the product. Remember, spas exist to make money. If you have a medical condition and you think a spa treatment is the best thing for it, visit your regular doctor first.
Your experience at a day spa should leave you feeling refreshed and reinvigorated, and probably eager to go back again. If that's the kind of treatment you're looking for, most day spas should leave you feeling quite satisfied.
Related HowStuffWorks Articles
- California Day Spas. "Spa Etiquette." Accessed Jan. 4, 2010. http://www.californiadayspas.com/spae.htm
- Spa London. "Spa Advice." Accessed Jan. 5, 2010.http://www.spa-london.org/subpage.asp?id=231&mainid=21
- Soule, Alexander. "Day spas report revenue gains." Fairfield County Business Journal, April 27, 2009.http://westfaironline.com/component/zine/article/259.html
- The Day Spa Association. "Spa Etiquette." Accessed Jan. 4, 2010. http://www.dayspaassociation.com/mainpages/spaetiquette.htm
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