Are you a spa virgin? Here are some tips to
make your visit as stress-free as possible.
Arrive 15 to 20 minutes early for your first
visit. You might have to fill out paperwork,
you'll need to change into a robe and slippers,
and you can use the extra time to relax with a
complimentary cup of soothing tea. Check with
the spa to see if they want you to arrive early
for every visit; some do.
Naked or not naked? If you're getting a body
treatment and you're supposed to disrobe, go
with what you're comfortable with. Some people
would rather leave on undergarments.
The old saying about there's no such thing as
a stupid question holds true. Most spas explain
their services on their Web sites and are happy
to answer any other questions. If you're a total
spa novice and are baffled by all the terms,
check out the International Spa Association's
After a massage or body treatment, you might
be told that you should relax as long as
possible and not get up too fast in case you get
dizzy. It's OK to sit there for a few minutes,
but taking any more time is not cool and could
keep other clients waiting.
Spa treatments are a tip-worthy service. Ask
the spa ahead of time about tipping procedure,
or just give the standard 15 to 20 percent.
Scrimping on the tip is just plain rude and a
bad idea if you plan to return.