Common Spa Questions Answered

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At the Spa

Q. Will I have to be naked?

A. That is up to you. Wear what makes you feel comfortable. Though most people completely undress for a treatment, it isn't necessary. For example, you should feel free to wear your underwear -- a masseuse can usually work around it. Spas will not compromise your modesty. If you're having a water treatment, it is your option to wear a bathing suit.

Q. How much should I tip?

A. Check your service fee first. Spas sometimes include the tip in the total cost of the service. If you do need to tip, between 10 and 20 percent is customary, depending on how happy you were with your treatment. Is the spa has a coordinator who shows you to a changing room, provides you with towels and robes, and offers you tea and water, it may be appropriate to tip between $3 and $9. If you're nervous about this, definitely call ahead and ask the spa receptionist.

Q. What if I'm uncomfortable with something about the therapy?

A. Speak up and let the therapist know if the pressure is not adequate or too firm. Express your likes and dislikes and feel free to ask questions. Remember: their job is to give you the most pleasurable experience possible.

Q. What do I need to tell a spa or individual therapist about any medical conditions?

A. Advise the spa of any medical conditions or pregnancy so they can tailor the treatment to your specific needs. Heart conditions, high or low blood pressure, and arthritis are examples of conditions that you should alert your therapist to so he or she can tailor your treatment appropriately. It's probably also a good idea to alert your therapist to any contagious viruses or skin conditions as well.


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