How Can I Prepare for My First Spa Experience

Planning a spa day can be both anxiety-provoking and exciting. In fact, it is common to wonder what will happen, if you have never been to a spa. Most spas offer a variety of services from facials and body scrubs to massages and waxes. Some spas even offer cosmetic enhancements (i.e. collagen injections and makeup applications), manicures/pedicures and hair salon services (i.e. wash, cuts, perms, coloring and styling). Some spas are more soothing then others so it is important to visit the spa before scheduling an appointment.

Although, preparing for your first spa appointment can be quite daunting, researching the spa and its services in advance can help make your “first time” a relaxing and enjoyable experience. Being able to mentally and physically prepare for your first spa experience can help calm your jitters so that your experience is both soothing and satisfying. If you are wondering what to expect during your first spa experience – you have come to the right place. This blog will help you prepare for your first spa appointment. Listed below are some helpful tips that can prepare you for your first spa experience.

Steps that can help you prepare for an enjoyable and relaxing spa day:

Quiz Your Friends

Quiz your friends about their spa experiences. In other words, ask them to explain to you what happens during a spa treatment. For example, what happens first, how long does it take, how much does it cost, what is the best thing about spas, what is the worst thing about spas, which services are recommended and which are not, what spas are the best, etc. Research and visit various spas and request references before scheduling your spa appointment.

Contact the Spa

Once you have narrowed down one or two spas – call them and discuss what services you are interested in. If you have a gender preference – let them know. Alert them that you are a “first timer” and ask if there is anything you should know before you come. If you are using a spa gift certificate, ask what services are offered with it. Most spa gift certificates allow you to use it on one of the basic spa packages: massage, manicure/pedicure, body scrub and/or facial. If possible, ask for a brochure that details what services are offered and how much each service costs. You may be able to select individual services or you may have to select a spa package.

Shower & Shave

You will need to shower and shave before going to your spa appointment. This is especially true, if you have sensitive skin. Depending on your chosen services, your spa specialist may treat your skin with a variety of facial cleansers, scrubs, masks, lotions and/or ointments, which can irritate it, if there are already products on your skin. In addition, removing excess hair (i.e. shaving or waxing) from the treatment area before your spa appointment will help your specialist better nourish your skin. Lastly, if your skin is not clean, products and bacteria can enter into small cracks in the skin causing irritation, inflammation and/or infections.

Wear Comfortable Clothing

You will also want to wear comfortable clothing during your first spa experience. Although you will probably be asked to put on a robe prior to the treatment, you still need to dress comfortably before you go. Why? Well, if you are uncomfortable before you get to the spa, it may affect your ability to thoroughly relax during the treatment, which may make your experience less than enjoyable. Although there will probably be an area to store your personal items (i.e. keys and wallet), leave your valuables (i.e. rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings and watches) at home for safe keeping.

If you are scheduled for a pedicure and the weather is nice, wear shorts and flip flops. This will not only prevent you from accidentally messing up your pedicure, it will also give you a chance to showcase your newly painted toes. In addition, if you wear contact lenses, bring your solution and storage case with you, in case you are asked to remove them before the treatment. Make sure you pack you glasses before leaving the house. Moreover, if you have long hair, you may want to pull it back with a ponytail holder so that it does not get in the way of your facial, mask and/or scrub.

Eat Before Your Go

It may be wise to eat a light meal or snack before you go to your first spa experience. Why? Well, if you are hungry during your spa treatment, it may affect how you perceive the experience. In other words, if you are hungry, the only thing on your mind will be food, which may cause anxiety and prevent you from relaxing. In addition, refrain from drinking large amounts of fluids because it can cause you to continuously run to the bathroom during your treatments.

Arrive Early

To keep stress and anxiety at bay, you will probably want to arrive to your appointment at least 15 minutes early. When you arrive you will be asked to fill out some paperwork and directed to a changing room so that you can disrobe. Place your personal items in the designated area and let the receptionists know when you are ready. The receptionist or the specialist will take you to a private room where you will lie down or sit back and prepare for your treatment. The most important thing to do at this time is take deep breaths. Clear your mind and let all of your worries drift to the far corners of your mind. You deserve to be pampered so relax and enjoy the experience.


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