Tips in Choosing the Right Spa
If you look forward to a day to just unwind and relax after a stressful week at work, chances are going to a spa will be one of your top choices to do just that. From facial treatments to mani-pedi to therapeutic massages, there are many full-service spas nowadays offering these services at an affordable rate.
With the wellness industries in its full bloom, this market has become especially competitive these days with different wellness salons sprouting everywhere each year.
How then will you choose a spa that’s right for you? This will be your ultimate guide to help you decide which treatment will address your needs and one that is worth the money spent.
Determine your goal before visiting
What do you want to get out of a spa treatment? Is it to help you relax and relieve your mind and body from stress? Or you might want to simply have clearer, acne-free face before a big event? Be specific with what you want to achieve and let your therapist know about them before initiating any treatment.
Another good thing to consider is to know what kind you’re looking for. Many years ago, going to spa means having a spa retreat.
Back then, spas were introduced in resorts so they were more expensive and cater mostly to the affluent crowd. Today, virtually anyone can enjoy most services with the popularity of day spas.
Whatever you choose—whether to go for a massage retreat (a.k.a destination spa) or a day spa will depend entirely on your time, budget and preference.
Make a research
With so many options to choose from, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and excited about your next trip to a spa. Make a research on a spa and the services they are offering.
Browse on the company’s website and quickly search if they’re offering the service you’re looking for. You may also check out credible reviews and forums from previous customers who have actually tried them.
You should also verify if the spa is duly registered and licensed to offer highly specialized services like botox and laser therapies.
Ask if the doctor who supervises this treatment has the proper training, solid experience and distinguished reputation in carrying out the treatment and if the equipment they’re using is advanced and well-maintained.
Check out the place
As soon as you have narrowed down your options, it’s time to head down to the spa and check if it is what it claims to be.
You can assess the quality of their customer service by how friendly and accommodating their staff is in making your visit comfortable and satisfying.
Even if you were just there to inquire about their services, the receptionist should greet you with a genuine smile and help you with all your questions. This also goes out to the rest of their employees.
It couldn’t be stressed enough how important it is for a spa to be immaculately clean. No one wants to visit a spa that is filthy and unsanitary.
Bed sheets should be changed after every client, facial chairs and massage tables should be cleaned regularly. Watch out for their safety and sanitation practices. If you think that their place is not clean and professional, it’s best to just walk away.
Talk to your spa therapist
Inform your therapist beforehand about your expectations from the session, your general health condition and medicines you’re taking that might affect your spa experience so there won’t be any nasty surprises.
Let them know if you’re taking any medications or specific supplements as this might cause you to have allergic reactions to some ingredients in skin care products they’re using.
Tell your therapist in advance on how much pressure you can handle so they know your comfort level and what areas that need special attention.
Spas are a great haven for total pampering and relaxation experience. They may offer treatments that can be beneficial to your overall health and make you look and feel great. But don’t expect that your wrinkles will all be gone after an anti-aging procedure or cure all your stress away.
It’s not that simple. What works for some people may not work for you so it’s good to set realistic expectations.
At the end of the day, the goal of a spa is to make their clients feel rejuvenated and well taken cared of. Just be there to bask in the moment if you find the services pleasurable.
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