How to Spa

After searching and hearing all about the “perfect spa”, do you really know? How to “spa”? How many of us can just “spa out”?  How do youreally enjoy the ambiance and the pampering and quietude of the “perfect spa”?  Does anyone really explain where the ladies room may be or what to wear in the Jacuzzi?  What do you bring with you?  How deep is “deep tissue”?

Usually finding a good retreat or spa location happens by word of mouth or suggestions read in magazines.  TV hosts like Regis and Kelly do a good job with their prizes as well if you get all the answers correct.  Attending one could turn into a nightmare if circumstances are not exactly what the doctor ordered.

Planning ahead is a wise move.  Call ahead to insure no construction is happening, i.e. pool reconstruction, or air conditioning cleaning or any construction happening close by.  Just check to see if all the facilities are working, Jacuzzi, pools, etc.  Check to see if any children’s parties or events, swimming lessons may be coinciding with your schedule.

Understand what your own personal goals may be.  Give it a think.  Your mood will reflect the type of treatments you will need.  Deep tissue massage is very different than a Shiatsu.  Have a discussion with the associate making the appointments.  Ask for the best, his or her favorite, or the therapist that specializes in the treatment you require.  Be mindful of medications you are taking and special physical considerations you may have and tell the person making the appointments, these facts are important.  The more information you get the better the treatments.  Some treatments may be contraindicated or not appropriate for what your goals may be.

Coordinate the treatments within walking distance of each other. In some locations like Rancho La Puerta , Mexico , the treatment rooms are located in some distances away from one another so the time between treatments is important.  

When making your reservations, find someone that you can talk to, that understands the treatments the spa has to offer and that you feel will listen to your needs.  Hopefully this person would have already experienced the treatments being recommended to you so there is full knowledge of the after affects. 

In an ideal situation, the host will meet and greet with some tea, or lemon water, a smile and a warmhearted way of finding out your desires of the day, a program designed especially just for you.  This host should be your angel for your stay at the spa.   Filled with complete knowledge and understanding of what is best for you.  After all, you are only there for a limited amount of time and want it to be used wisely and healthfully.

At the Spa in the Royal Crescent Hotel in Bath , England , the hostess is the therapist you will be with for the entire day.  She or he will take you quietly through the facility making you feel as much at ease as possible, instructing you where to place your clothes, what robes to put on, what treatments were selected and how you will feel after they are completed… Explanations, with the intention of presenting you with a sense of security and confidence in your next 3 or 4 hours of bliss, will be exactly that.

Usually the lockers are close together, so don’t panic. Find the curtain or the shower area if disrobing is too private for you to do in the mist of the other gals.  Robes are usually provided with slippers that fit midgets.  Shampoos and conditioners are not always at the shower area, mostly when they are selling their own brand.

Usually the lockers are close together, so don’t panic. Find the curtain or the shower area if disrobing is too private for you to do in the mist of the other gals.  Robes are usually provided with slippers that fit midgets.  Shampoos and conditioners are not always at the shower area, mostly when they are selling their own brand.  

A variety of treatments can be confusing to the novice spa goer.  Ask the professional making the appointment to help you select the treatments best suited for your needs.  Schedule in some down time for yourself,  read a bit, or use the meditation room to just relax and let your body just enjoy the pampering.

Going to a spa can be a wonderful experience, and also a disaster…sometimes just knowing a few P’s and Q’s can help.  Bringing comfy cozy clothes to most spas is a good idea. Pashmina’s are a grand help to feel snuggly and cozy afterwards by the fireplace.  Comfortable walking shoes are a must, and I you intend on hiking, call the spa, and check out what kind or level you may need.  Plan if you can and ask your questions, it is your special time and your special body being touched and pampered we hope.

If you can bring an open heart and mind, accept the unconditional touch, it is almost assured you will leave your spa experience with a feeling of well being and bliss…

By Kathryn Abugel        LMT, CMT, Certified Infant Massage Instructor 

   

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