Making Your Spa Trip Not-Awkward

April 5th, 2013 By  |  1 Comment    

I’ve been to various spas (shout out to my faves: Skin by Mamie in New York City and Mandarin Oriental DC) over the years, but I still get all nervous and stuff beforehand. Why? I have no clue! Maybe it’s because I have to walk around in a public facility in a towel or bathrobe (sometimes with nothing on underneath!)…maybe it’s because a stranger is touching my face and lower back and upper back and mid back…maybe it’s because said stranger gets an up-close-and-personal view of my zits, squishy parts (hello, muffin top!), and forehead wrinkles. Going to the spa—as beneficial as it is—is just weird when you think about it, which is why I’m always searching for ways to make it less awkward. Here, Josie Feria, director of Spa Operations at Lapis Spa at the Fontainebleau in Miami Beach, helps me out.

Don’t go on a Saturday afternoon…

Try to reserve at least a week in advance and try to go to spas on weekdays when the facilities are quieter and staff and technicians are less burdened by high volume.  When spas are less full, you get more privacy.  Also, schedule your appointment earlier in the day or early in the shift as even the most talented and fit personnel become weary after performing multiple therapies.

If you don’t like people touching the backs of your legs, skip the body scrub…

Go online and review the treatment menu before calling in to make appointment. Review treatment descriptions, goal of treatment, and any info available on products.  Know what you want. Relaxation? Pain reduction? Removal of dry skin? What you want determines what you should get.

Print this out and memorize it before your next spa trip…

  • Back to back heat treatments can overheat the body and cause light headedness or dizziness and should avoided.
  • Alcohol should never be ingested before or after any spa service especially any involving heat as alcohol dehydrates the body.
  • Vigorous massage releases endorphins and may cause a drop in blood pressure so a feeling of light headedness is common – avoid vigorous activity, bending over quickly, smoking or drinking alcohol right after a massage.
  • Avoid coffee and high sugar drinks  before enjoying going to the spa as these  are stimulants and will make relaxation very difficult.
  •  Scrubs should not be taken with a sunburn or directly after shaving.
  • Best to leave jewelry at home.  Also, ditch the contact lenses and opt for glasses.

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