Making the Most of Your Spa Experience: Knowing Proper Spa Etiquette
Knowing standard spa etiquette is essential for new spa-goers and regular customers alike. Consideration for your therapist and other spa clients helps everyone have the best spa experience possible.
The goal of a spa experience is quiet relaxation in a pleasant environment. Try to arrive early for your appointment so you can relax for a few minutes and prepare for the service you are about to receive. A relaxing hot shower before you go to the spa can help you better enjoy your spa treatment.
Please turn off or silent electronics such as music players, cell phones and pagers. Speak quietly.
Tell your therapist how you are feeling or what they can do to help you enjoy your experience. There’s no need for a running conversation, unless you choose, but your therapist needs feedback for you to be most comfortable.
Massage is usually done nude or in underwear, although usually only the part being massaged is exposed. If you are more comfortable wearing underwear, that’s okay. Talk to your therapist about what you are comfortable wearing. There are also techniques such as reflexology and chair massage during which you can be fully clothed. Learn more about nudity in the spa here.
Although you will be very relaxed, please don’t plan on a long nap if your therapist tells you to take your time getting up.
The customary tip is 15% to 20% of the price of each service.