Learning About Spa Experiences

Visiting A Day Spa: What Can You Expect?

Visiting a day spa is a great way to relax, unwind, and let the stress of your life melt away as you're pampered. But if you have never visited a day spa before, you may not be sure what to expect. Here is a general overview of the process to guide you.

Step 1: Healthy History

Before any services are provided, the spa will probably want to get an idea of any health conditions you suffer from or any specific maladies you are looking to improve. As such, they will give you a health history form to fill out. This is typically done in a relaxing room — maybe with some tea or juice.

Step 2: Guided Tour and Overview

Next, an employee of the salon (or maybe even the owner if it is a small salon) will give you a guided tour of the space. They will point out items like the steaming room, massage rooms, and so forth so that when your treatments are scheduled in these spaces, they seem familiar.

Step 3: Relaxation

Typically, when you spend all day at the spa, the employees will schedule in an hour or two for you to spend relaxing in the steam room or sauna alone before they perform any services on you. (Or if you're with friends, they can relax with you, of course.) This helps ease you into the spa experience. The steam room also opens all of your pores, which makes the treatments you receive early on, like facials and oil massages, more effective.

Step 4: Personalized Services

The standard package at most spas includes a massage, facial, manicure, and pedicure. Someone will guide you from treatment to treatment, sometimes with 10 or so minutes of waiting in the waiting room between treatments. Depending on the package you booked, you may be served lunch or a small snack and drinks partway through the process. Or you may be told to help yourself to refreshments in the waiting area as you desire.

If you do not want one or more of the services in the standard package — such as if you can't stand the idea of someone touching your feet and therefore do not want a pedicure — let the technicians know. They may be able to substitute in another service instead.

Visiting a day spa is a relaxing, soothing process. If you have any remaining questions, feel free to ask before your session begins.