Imagine yourself cocooned in a fluffy white robe while your skin is enriched with rich, velvety creams; and even your tootsies are being pampered with an exfoliating scrub. Sounds heavenly right? It is if you don’t forget to order your treatments, show up late, or decide to stop at a take-out place on the way to the spa itself. You’d be surprised how many visitors come unprepared so if you want to avoid messing up your spa day read on!
Spas do provide towels, slippers, and robes for guests but they don’t provide proper underwear; so make sure you bring a spare pair. If you do want a full body massage, it is possible to ask for thin paper panties; but you’ll feel way more comfortable in your own stuff. Spa therapists typically follow the unwritten rule that if it’s covered, then it’s skipped; so make sure you wear clothes that are easy to get on and off like tied skirts, zip up hoodies and slip on shoes.
Know Your Treatment Order
One of the easiest ways to mess up a spa experience is to order the wrong or too many treatments. Don’t just click one after the other, plan how your day is going to go and choose those treatments that naturally follow each other. The preferred schedule that many spa systems use is steam/sauna, bath treatment, scrub, massage and then facial but use your intuition and think about when your group break will be for lunch? Will you want a power nap between your mini bath and the Cool Sculpting treatment?
Workout Before Not After
You’ve spent all day pampering yourself and enjoying time to relax and unwind; so why would you ruin that with a workout? Surprisingly quite a few spa visitors end their day by going to the gym. Whether it’s because they feel guilty having been inactive or want to see if treatments have improved their energy levels. By all means workout before your spa appointment, but not after; as you’ll just end up washing all the lovely products the therapists used straight off.
Don’t Eat Too Much
The last thing you want to feel when you go in for a nude, deep tissue massage, or walk into a private sauna is fat. Avoid bloating, or worse gas, by eating a light, healthy breakfast early, snack on fresh fruit or a handful of nuts if you get peckish mid-morning and a choose a low-fat menu for lunch. Most spas have on-site restaurants or smoothie bars where the food is fresh, nutritious and organic. Don’t neglect your evening meal the night before either, skip the takeaway or anything heavy, starchy or sweet; and have a delicious Nicoise salad with a glass of dry white wine instead.
Skip The Shower
Before heading to the spa have a good, long hot soak or shower; as it’ll not only get you in the beautifying mood but it’s also good etiquette. Don’t jump straight in the shower that evening; the treatments are still working their magic on your skin so skip your usual nighttime routine and shower in the morning.
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Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.