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Spa Etiquette 101 - Let the Relaxation Begin!

If you're a shameless spa hound like I am, you probably already know the drill like the back of your hand.

If, however, you're one of those girls who's always wondered, "what exactly happens in there?" or are a little worried that you might not be completely comfortable in the spa environment, has compiled a list of detailed tips to help you find your happy place.


For the skinny on the spa,

  1. Do I need to get naked? Not unless you want to! Your therapist will always leave the treatment room while you get under the sheet on the massage table. She or he will also be expert in the "art of draping" which means that they keep you covered at all times except for the area of the body they are massaging. If you're really uncomfortable, it is almost always possible for you to wear a bikini.
  2. Communicate with your therapist. Any part of the treatment that you're not enjoying can probably be fixed. The amount of light, the kind of music, the temperature, whether or not you choose to have a conversation - it's your call. If you want the therapist to go deeper or be gentler, let him or her know. And if there's anything you're unsure about, ask questions!
  3. Shaving. If you shave your legs, do so at least two hours before your scheduled appointment, particularly if you've booked any kind of body scrubs or exfoliating treatments. Sometimes the oils or exfoliants can be irritating to newly shaved skin.
  4. How much do I tip? Just like in restaurants, gratuities are generally not included in the price but are expected for good service. Think of it like tipping your waitress - between 15 and 20 percent for each person is the norm, but you can leave more or less. The spa receptionist can usually help you out by giving you small tipping envelopes at the front desk which they will forward to the person who gave you the service.

For more info on all you need to know before you venture out to the spa, read here. Once you try it, I guarantee you'll be hooked!

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