Common Spa Questions Answered

From tipping to underwear, the rules you need to know for your first trip to the spa.
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Making the Appointment

It's meant to be relaxing, but the truth is, many people are intimidated by spas. Betsy Isroelit, a spokeswoman for SpaFinder, a spa-tracking Web site, says most people never trade in spa gift certificates because they have no idea what to expect. So here are answers to 7 common questions so you can enjoy your massage, anxiety-free.

Q. Will the spa mind if I call with questions before making an appointment?

A. They'll appreciate it, and may even encourage you to come in for a free tour to see what the setup looks like. But don't expect to see any therapies taking place, to protect the privacy of other patrons.

Q. Can I request that I have the therapist of my choice, either female or male?

A. Don't be shy about requesting a therapist when scheduling your appointment -- spa experts recommend it.

Q. How do I behave with the therapist? Must I talk, or stay silent?

A. It's okay not to talk during the treatment if you don't want to; therapists take their cues from their clients.

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