7 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Spa Experience

What could be more relaxing than a day at the spa? Massage, pedicure, sauna, the works! But there are sometimes some hidden questions you should be asking before you embark on total relaxation. Here's the skinny on spa treatments you need to know before you go.

1. Be sure materials are clean.

If you're getting a manicure or pedicure, or any treatment for that matter, it's essential that the tools used are sanitary. Otherwise, this could lead to infections or fungus. Most salons meet the minimum standard of disinfecting their tools, which is one step away from sterilization. But it never hurts to ask how your spa technician cleans.

2. Know your allergies and sensitivities.

Are you allergic to eucalyptus and is your spa technician coming at you with a huge glob of eucalyptus-scented lotion? Avoid this hazard and debrief beforehand. Like any doctor's appointment, you should always report any allergies. These don't have to be life-threatening. If your feet are ticklish, please tell your pedicurist before you end up kicking them in the face.

3. Know your body.

Do you have any cuts or body issues your spa technician should know about? Are you recovering from a sprained ankle? Are your wrists weak? Even if you don't think a blowout will require a lot of strain, think about your poor neck leaning back in the washtub. It's better to say too much than say too little.

4. Safety, first.

Will you be undergoing laser treatments? Getting a fumey chemical peel? Make sure both you and your spa technician are properly protected. If your treatment involves chemicals, please ask about what exactly they do. You can ask to see a guide or to see proof that the procedure and technician are both certified.

5. Know what you're getting.

Before you book your appointment, make sure you know exactly what treatment will be performed. When you arrive the day of, go in a bit early and ask the technician to go over your relaxation itinerary before you begin. Think of it like a surgery. You'll always want to know what's happening before you're knocked out. This will be an opportunity to customize what you like and don't like, optimizing your experience.

6. Know how much you're paying.

Often, spa technicians will ask you what you want while you are getting the treatment. Don't be afraid to ask if it comes at an extra price. Many times they won't announce it unless you ask. You don't want to see unexpected fees on your bill.

7. Know where your stuff is.

Make sure you get the 4-1-1 on the spa locker room. Don't leave your stuff out and splayed around for everyone to see. If you're uncomfortable with the safety of the facility, ask if you can store your things in a locked location.

Now that you know these tips, you can breathe easy and get ready for a day of total relaxation! Enjoy!

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