Spa Etiquette

To bare or not to bare? Is it ok to say “Ouch!”? Does the treatment room have to be so cold? Whether you’re planning a summer spa getaway, or just an indulgent afternoon, read on for the revealing answers to your most pressing spa etiquette questions.

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Take it all off.

Unless you’re given a disposable bikini or a garment such as a gown or pajamas, the only thing you’re expected to wear for a massage or full body treatment is your birthday suit.

Keep it clean.

Show your technician some basic courtesy by showering before a body treatment. Even if you arrive a few minutes late, take the time to rinse off. Pay particular attention to odiferous areas like armpits and feet.

Be vocal.

The atmosphere at some spas can be intimidating, but remember: You’re the client. If the treatment room is too cold, the therapist’s pressure is too strong (or too light), or you don’t like massage oil on your face, say so. Be especially sure to let your therapist know of any injuries, illnesses, or pain you’ve been having.

But not too vocal.

Carrying on a conversation is counter-productive to relaxation. If you don’t like chatty technicians, don’t be a chatty client.

When you’ve gotta go…go.

Nothing can ruin a treatment like a full bladder, so be sure to use the bathroom before your session begins. If you find that you have to go mid-treatment, there’s no need to suffer through it. Ask your therapist to let you know when it’s good time to take a quick break.

Don’t purchase products you don’t need.

If your technician uses a scrub or lotion that you absolutely love, by all means buy it. But don’t buy products after a treatment just because you feel pressured to do so. A good technician at a reputable spa shouldn’t be giving you the hard sell.

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