It doesn’t matter what you are going for on a spa day – face treatment, body treatment, massages, nail treatment, etc. A spa day is one of the best things ever and preparing adequately for it is a priority.
There are a lot of questions that we have asked in other to properly prepare for a spa day. Preparation becomes even more difficult when you are trying to do it for the first time. The worst feeling for anyone would be going to Rome and not knowing how to behave like the Romans. What if you act or dress totally different from all the others?
But not to worry, this article will help you plan better for your spa day. Let’s get started.
What Is A Spa Day?
Let us talk about what a spa day is before we go further. It is any day you set aside to visit the spa for any of their treatments or therapy sessions. This goes contrary to the popular belief that during a spa day, you have to get all the services they offer. It could be just facials or perhaps a sauna bath. When you decide to do this does not really matter. The package you choose doesn’t change anything. What is important are the fundamental rules and tips you need to first understand for day at the spa.
How To Prepare For A Spa Day
If you want to know how to make the most of a spa day you must first know how to prepare for it. What really matters are the things to know before going for a spa day. Once these things are known, it becomes easy to set yourself for the relaxing experience of a spa. Eight of such things include;
1. Choose The Right Spa
This is the most important of all the things you need to know before going for a spa day. There are a lot of questions to ask before going to the spa for our scheduled appointment. You can read all the articles about spas the internet has to offer and still end up regretting your spa day. This is why choosing the right spa should be taken seriously before you think of going on a spa date.
There are so many spas in different areas of the world but this is one line of business that lacks fame. Modern spas offer a long list of spa treatments to their customers. These may include all or any of;
- Fully body mud mask
- Paraffine body wrap
- Herbal body wrap
- Full body massage
- Full body facial
- Body tanning/bronzing
- Thai massage
- Ashiatsu Japanese massage
- Turkish bath massage
- Water therapy
- Spot treatment
- Burmese message
- Ayurvedic massage
- Nuru massage
- Swedish massage, etc.
if you want to know more about what these spa treatments are like before selecting the best for you, click here.
It is important to know what services you need and which spa offers all of them, this makes the experience even better. Do some research and find out what other people have to say about them rather than just taking their word for it.
2. Book An Appointment & Clear Your Schedule
First of all, you must understand that spas are usually very busy regardless of how low their popularity is. It will be wrong to just wake up, pack a bag and drive to the spa simply because you know the location. The possibility of you not getting anything done is going to be very high, if you go about a spa day this way. Every spa has social media accounts and a call line; some even go further to create a website. These mediums are to help you book an appointment for their services online and have a scheduled date.
Once, you have chosen the right spa, booking an appointment is the next thing to do. Talking to them before time will also give you time to get more clarity about things before time. It is important to arrive early, as even when it is not your first time, nervousness can set in. Arriving early will help you relax more and also give you time to take a tour and see if you made the right choice.
3. Take Your Time & Relax
When going on a spa day, it’s not a bad idea to do everything at once but sometimes you’re not just ready. Some spa treatments require a high level of trust and this takes time to build, so you shouldn’t be in a hurry. They could have a medical license to do a medical treatment but the truth is trusting someone with your body is hard.
If you are going in for a massage, go in for something little and relaxing – our suggestion would be a Swedish massage. This is because it is open to the best options when you are looking to relax and unwind. The idea is getting you there, once you are there, every other thing that comes becomes easier and more enjoyable.
4. Communicate Your Preferences
We have already talked about how hard it is to trust especially when it is your first time. That been said, it is going to be a good thing if you can condition yourself to trust the staff there. If they have said that they are qualified to do a procedure and you have done enough research – let them, do it.
However, in the process of trusting – communication should not be thrown outside the window as it is also going to be useful. When you feel discomfort and seek clarity as to why they are doing what they are doing – speak up. Remember that you are the one in control of any spa treatment you have chosen to do there.
Also, some treatments will require them to ask you for your medical history – if that is the case do not hesitate. Lying about your medical history to the spa might have some severe health consequences, so we strongly advise against it. In addition, some people go further to ask ‘how long is a spa day supposed to last?’, it depends on what you want. However, if it takes too long, you shouldn’t be scared of falling asleep during the process – relax and unwind.
5. Go Along With Essentials Only
The issue of what to bring along to a spa day has gone on for ages without a definite answer. However, if you are looking at clothes to wear then you simply need to bring something that wouldn’t shrink easily. This is because your clothes will most likely be stored in a locker while you are changing into a robe.
If you will be going to water therapy or a sauna bath, you can decide to come in your favourite swimsuit. Snacks and food will help during a long spa day but the most important is water as staying hydrated is paramount. A good book is also not a bad idea as you would have moments where you are doing absolutely nothing.
6. You May Be Naked
This is where the main issue is when we are talking about a spa day and the trust that comes with it. We talked about the importance of doing research and finding what other people have to say about their professionalism. This is because more often than not your spa treatment options will require that wear just a robe or go in naked. Prepare your mind and discuss a spa day with your partner if you have one, before going for it.
Also, confirm when booking your spa sessions on the programmes that include you to be semi-nude or in external robes etc so you can plan towards them.
7. Spa Golden Rules
There are a lot of rules in terms of things to do and those that are you are not supposed to do in a spa. These rules are supposed to help you enjoy your spa day and also keep you safe while you are at it. Some of such rules will include;
- Eat small portions of food before you go on your spa day
- Avoid shaving 24 hours before if you choose exfoliation as one of the services you want
- When going for aromatherapy, your perfume may reduce the effect, so it is good to skip using them
- Go for a hot shower rather than a cold one before your spa day
- If you can avoid wearing jewellery, do so, so you do not misplace them
There are so many reasons why you need a spa day, you can find some of such here. The most important thing is knowing these 7 things we have mentioned here before going out. With these, your next spa day will be one of the best days of your life even if it is your first time.
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Thanks for reading with us and remember that a spa day is important to both your body and your mind.