Kalin’s Chronicles: Spa Etiquette

MP900431114Close your eyes and say “aaahhh” — It’s Spa Week! Time to put in some serious R&R at your favorite spa. Through April 17, spas across the U.S. are offering specials on massages, mani/pedis, facials, and everything in between. So I thought I’d offer some tips on spa etiquette for first-timers, and as a refresher for spa veterans.

Spa Etiquette Tips

  • Arrive at least 20 minutes before your appointment to check-in, change, and relax.
  • Turn off your cell phone, and speak quietly to be considerate of the spa atmosphere.
  • Remove all jewelry – they’ll get in the way, and can be damaged by the oils used.
  • If you’re uncomfortable with nudity, leave your underwear on. A sheet is covering you at all times, and only the parts that are being massaged are exposed.

  • It’s best to get your massage before your facial or mani/pedi.
  • It’s OK to let talk to your therapist and let them know if the pressure isn’t good or if the music is too loud, etc. It’s also OK to talk during your session or say nothing at all – the therapist will take your lead.
  • When getting a spa treatment in another country, research their etiquette before you go.
  • If you’re paying with a gift certificate, don’t forget to tip your therapist.
  • Don’t plan anything strenuous after your massage – going to lunch with a girlfriend is good, but something like shopping should be done before the massage.
  • Remember to drink lots of water afterward to help release any toxins in your body.

A spa day can be a special treat for your 40th birthday – by yourself, with the girls, or with your sweety. And of course, it’s always great when you can get a deal – like during Spa Week. To find participating spas in your area, visit http://www.spaweek.com. And remember: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness” – Mark Twain.