For most people, a spa day is a special treat, an opportunity to be spoilt and to detach yourself from the stresses of modern living. You can head there by yourself, with friends, or even with your partner.
Regardless of who you choose to go with, you’ll want to get the most out of the experience. That’s why you need to know what to look for when checking out a spa and which elements you simply can’t miss.
The right spa
The most logical choice for a day at the spa is to find the wellness centre closest to your home. However, you’ll want this day to be effective, which means it’s worth looking at what options are available. It can make a huge difference to your experience.
Before you book, do the following:
- Call the spa
Create a list of your preferred spa and think of a couple of questions, such as treatments offered and prices. Then, ring the spas and ask the question. It will give you an idea of what their customer service is like.
- Check testimonials
It’s always worth speaking to someone who has already visited your preferred spa. Ideally, speak to several people and pay attention to the negative points they raise.
You may be able to overlook lots of things, but it only takes one to ruin your spa day. Speak to friends and look for opinions on social media and online forums.
Don’t forget, negative reviews can be a good thing. It’s difficult to keep everyone happy and a negative review will show you how the spa handles complaints.
- Look at the equipment
You should choose a spa that has invested in stylish and high-quality equipment, such as that made by Lemi. This confirms the spa is fully invested in its business and your comfort.
All spas need specialized equipment such as massage beds, treatment chairs, and even trolleys. Naturally, there are many different suppliers on the market, but the one your spa has chosen says volumes about their business.
More importantly, if the spa is prepared to offer this much thought and care to its furnishings, you can be assured you’ll get the very best service.
It’s easiest to assess this by visiting the spa and asking for a tour.
To get the most out of your spa day you should be prepared beforehand:
- Know what you need
Before you head to the spa take the time to check what you need. It may be essential to have a swim cap or bring your own towels. By checking you’ll know you have everything and your day won’t be ruined before it starts.
- Get there early
Spa days are supposed to be relaxing, you don’t want to be stressed on arrival! Work out how you’re getting there, how long it will take, and then allow yourself plenty of extra time. It’s better to be early and relax outside than to arrive stressed.
Spas can be dehydrating thanks to saunas and other treatments. Make sure you’re fully hydrated before you arrive and drink plenty during the day. It’s also a good idea to avoid eating large amounts of food beforehand.
- Talk to the staff
If you have any queries or concerns while you’re there, talk to the staff. They are there to make sure you have an excellent experience.
- Set a limit
Spa circuits generally take around 90 minutes. After the experience you’ll want to relax and have another drink, juice or mineral water is recommended. You can then leave refreshed or try something else, just know your limits and listen to your body.
Choose the right treatment
It’s common to book the treatment sessions in advance, then simply use the pool and sauna as you wish. It’s generally preferable to use the sauna or steam room for ten minutes before a massage.
You’ll also need to know the treatments on offer and choose the ones you want. This can include a full body massage, various facials, and body treatments such as a body wrap.
Take the time to know what treatments are on offer, what they should help with, and which you want to try. Then book them before you arrive.
If you’re not sure you can always talk to the staff.
A spa day should be a pleasurable and relaxing experience. By choosing the right spa and knowing what you want beforehand you will have done everything possible to make the most of your day.
All that leaves you to do is switch off and make the most of your day. You will feel amazing afterwards!