After putting in all those long, stressful hours at work, you’re finally due for some well-deserved downtime, and what better way to relax and unwind than indulging in the head-to-toe pampering of a spa? For first-timers, the idea of going to a spa may be a bit intimidating; without proper knowledge about the treatments, the type of spa one should book, and more importantly, proper spa etiquette, you could understandably get a little nervous.  But don’t worry; we’re here to make your first spa experience be the most relaxing one you’ve ever had.  So if you can’t wait to have those tense muscles straightened out, read on:

Choosing the kind of spa:

Different kinds of spas offer different types of treatments. A spa is a place meant to enhance one’s health and well-being through spa treatments, the most common of which are massages, facials, and body treatments.  Here are the different types of spas:

  • A day spa offers treatments on a day-use basis and many also offer salon services such as manicures and pedicures.
  • A Destination Spa aims to promote a healthier lifestyle through spa treatments, exercise, and educational programming. Guests may stay for at least two nights, although some have a minimum stay of three to seven nights. Spa cuisine is also served exclusively.
  • A Resort/Hotel Spa is located within a resort or a hotel and offers spa services, fitness classes and serves spa cuisine.
  • A Medical Spa offers basic spa treatments alongside those that need a doctor’s supervision. Some of these treatments include laser resurfacing and Botox injections.
  • A Minerals Springs Spa has natural mineral, thermal or seawater used in hydrotherapy treatments.
  • A Club Spa is one located in a fitness facility of a health club.

Spa Etiquette:

As a guest, you can expect, and are expected to do the following:

  • Arrive on time, or at least 15 minutes earlier if you want to avail of facilities like hot tubs and steam rooms.
  • Check in at the front desk and tell them that it’s your first time.
  • Turn off your cell phone when you arrive, and don’t bring your children (if you have any) since this will be disruptive to the other spa-goers.
  • The therapist will usually ask you to strip for a massage as it is usually done in the nude, but if you’re more comfortable keeping your underwear on, that’s okay. You can try the Thai massage, or reflexology where you get to stay fully clothed during the treatment.
  • If you’re uncomfortable with anything, such as the pressure, the music, or the temperature, tell your therapist so she can adjust accordingly.

Going to the spa should be a relaxing experience. If there is anything you’re unsure of, it is always a good idea to ask the spa beforehand.

Have you had any interesting spa experiences? How did your first time go? Tell us, we’re interested in hearing from you!


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