I remember years ago when I decided that I wanted to have a full body massage and experience it in a spa for the first time. I was very curious about how it was going to be, in fact, there were so many questions in my head that goes like: “How would the place look like?”, “Would I have to go completely naked?”, and so on. At that time, I did not do my research and just went straight ahead to the spa – which was actually a mistake.
I went in there anxiously as I was unprepared and unaware of what to really expect, making me feel very uncomfortable. Luckily, for those of you who are thinking of going to a spa for the first time, the internet and researching is already a thing. By the time you finish reading this article, I would make sure that most (if not all) of your questions are completely answered.
Preparations: A Few Days Before Going
Let me reiterate the importance of what I did not do as a first-time spa-goer: research. Surfing the internet to get to know your spa options based on your location, wants, and needs are crucial. If you do not do this, there’s a big chance that you would end up like me who kept on going to different spas from time to time just to find out which one suits me best. Because of that, a lot of money, time, effort, and rest days were spent unjustly.
So, what do you need to research about? First, know which type of spa is best for you and your budget. Is it a day spa? A spa with buffet and accommodations? Water spa? Go figure. After choosing which spa you are after, you can then choose amongst its branches (if applicable) or check its location to make the final decision. Next, determine the date of your visit and contact your chosen spa to set an appointment. If you have any questions, this is the best time to ask those so do not hesitate. Having these questions answered would definitely bring you more comfort and security.
The Day of Your Appointment
Now that you have settled your appointment and cleared things out about the spa you’re heading to, here are some of the things you need to prepare on your “spa day”:
- Dress comfortably. Remember that this day is your day to relax and remove stress away. If you think bringing another set of clothes will make you feel better, then do so since a lot of spas have great amenities and you would probably want to snap a few pictures. You can come in wearing a nice dress or a t-shirt and pants, basically, whatever makes you feel at ease. Just make sure that it’s decent enough though as you’re not the only guest that the spa would accommodate.
- Bring a bottle of water. Aside from this, there’s really not much that you need to bring. Most spas offer water and other stuff like hot tea or even a full buffet. However, it’s best to have one bottle of water with you to keep yourself hydrated (which is a must) anytime you wish to.
- Arrive early. Arriving at least 30 minutes ahead of your schedule is the most recommended. This gives you just enough time to get yourself comfortable – you can use this time by walking around the spa, checking and taking advantage of its amenities, drinking tea, or by simply observing everyone.
During the Massage
Upon arrival, go straight to the receptionist to confirm your schedule. Usually, you would be asked to fill out a form – no need to be anxious though as it’s just going to ask for basic information – so they can keep a record of your information. You may also tell the receptionist if you prefer a male or female therapist to take care of you so they can arrange it beforehand.
While waiting for your turn, you may enjoy sipping some tea since spas usually provide complimentary ones for guests. Once you are called for the service, your therapist will lead you to a room where (depending on the type of service) you would be asked to change into a spa-provided robe while he/she waits for you outside.
So, what must be worn under those robes? Well, it actually depends on you and the massage you are going to get. Some massages do not really require you to take your clothes off and these are called dry massage. A dry massage does not use oil and usually just focuses on pressure points and stretching such as Thai Massage. If your massage requires the usage of oil, then you’d really have to take your clothes off.
Now, going completely nude under a robe is preferable, however, you can keep your underwear (if you’re a woman, taking your bra off is quite a must) if you are not comfortable being totally naked, just like what I do all the time. There’s no need to worry as your therapist is surely an expert and professional – they would only expose the part that needs to be treated. Aside from your robes, there are also towels that will be used to cover some of the body parts that are not being worked on.
Once you’re all set, all you have to do is relax. Do not think too much and get yourself as comfortable as you can. Feel every movement the therapist provides and enjoy it. Do not hesitate to tell your therapist if there is a certain part that you want them to focus on. This is the perfect time to feel the pain going out of your body.
Trying out something for the first time should not make you feel too anxious and uncomfortable. Hopefully, this article is able to provide you with the answers and security you need to help you get through your first spa experience. Go ahead and set that appointment now!