Are you looking to visit a spa for the first time? Not really sure what to do? Feeling a little nervous?
Well, our ‘Beginner’s guide to spa treatments’ is here to help you make the right decisions and to enjoy your experience.
What will you wear?
After arriving at the spa the receptionist will direct you to the changing area where you will be provided with a pair of flip-flops, a robe and some disposable spa underwear – you can either wear this ‘beautiful’ and ‘attractive’ piece of clothing or your own swimming costume.
Remember that if you do not feel happy with someone from the opposite sex giving you your treatment then let the receptionist know. My husband for example prefers to be given a massage by a woman and going for spa treatments are a very personal thing and you need to feel as comfortable as possible to get the most out of the experience.
The first decision is to decide what sort of treatment you should have. You will find a long list of options which could easily put you off especially as you are unlikely to know the difference between the likes of an Absolute Pearl Facial or a Classical Algae Wrap.
The detailed list/booklet of options is likely to be broken into three sections –Massages, Facials and Body rituals.
*** Massages ***
So you have decided that you want to have a massage – now it is key to make sure you choose the one that suits your needs.
One option which might appeal is the traditional massage or as it is known in America as a ‘Swedish massage’ which uses five styles of strokes and is probably the best option for a newbie to the world of massage.
Generally people opt for a 50 or 60-minute massages, but if you have the time then a 75 or 90-minute one allows the therapist more time to achieve the best results.
Another possibility is a deep tissue massage which is similar to a Traditional Massage just deeper with the main benefit being that it releases chronic muscle tension – this is probably suited to someone with a bit more experience who is particularly sore or maybe struggling with a sports injury.
Then as you become a ‘pro’ at getting massages the next step is to become a bit more adventurous and maybe try a rope massage, geo thermal therapy, or Thai foot reflexology.
A massage is extremely addictive – they are likely to leave you feeling relaxed, refreshed whilst also stimulated.
If you are looking for a complete body massage to relax then a high-pressure massage (deep tissue or rope massage)is recommended but if you are looking to relieve stress and boost your immunity a low-pressure massage (Traditional/Swedish massage) is the way forward.
*** Facials ***
Sadly lots of people suffer with skin problems which could be due to having had them since childhood, local pollution or bad eating habits then spas are here to offer help to rejuvenate your face.
Whilst you can have a facial in a beauty salon the main difference to those given in spas is that they are more elaborate and use a wider range of products.
A facial is a very relaxing experience and you can often find yourself falling asleep during the process!
It is extremely likely that your skin will be dehydrated so the therapist giving you the facial is likely to use lots of moisturisers, serums, masks and steamy towels.
The first part, and possibly the most important, of the facial is to cleanse the face correctly. Any beauty professional should use products with a pH value between 5 and 5.5 which is similar to the skin’s natural pH. So not to damage the skin the cleanser should not contain any alcohol.
There are numerous types of facials as well as the standard option such as age-defying facials and clarifying facials. The best option is to get the therapist to diagnose your skin type so you can choose the best treatment for you.
*** Body Rituals ***
This is a broad range of treatments which includes body scrubs or polishes, wraps and specific treatments.
You might choose a treatment because it is ‘interesting’, alternatively there might be a reason such as moisturising, relaxing or healing a part of the body.
One interesting and fun option is to get a body wrap – these will relax, cleanse and detox your body whilst enhancing you skin’s texture and vitality.
You will be pleasantly surprised to find that your body is moisturised and smooth, leaving you feeling fitter and healthier.
*** Serums and creams ?!?!? ***
You are likely to come across various serums and creams and could be left asking, ‘What’s the difference?’ Well, a cream or lotion can be used for a wide range of uses whilst serums are intended for a specific purpose.
*** Decision time ***
Now, before you make any bookings do your research on different spas and the treatments they offer. Whilst this can be a pain it is worth reading reviews of previous customers to see how they rate.
After reading the reviews and doing your research and you still do not know which treatment to start off with then a simple option such as a traditional massage is the sensible choice – if you enjoy the experience then try something different the next time!