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Spa FAQ

General

Not at all! Men also enjoy Spa treatments and do visit spas for many different reasons. They may opt for a rejuvenating facial treatment, a massage, an anti-aging treatment, a couples package, an infrared sauna treatment, or detox therapies. Some spas have male-only areas that are decorated for men while others keep the space open for both men and women. Either way, you’ll see locker rooms/changing areas that are kept separate for men and women. Here’s a handy Spa guide for men.

Detox Spa – Offers different types of detoxification therapies including massages (with a goal of detox), infrared sauna, foot detox bath, mud therapies, fresh fruit and vegetable juices, and more.

Anti-Aging Spa – Emphasizes any spa treatments that foster anti-aging benefits.

Day Spa – Offers a menu of relaxation massages, beauty treatments, body wraps, facials, chemical peels, and other therapies. Usually owned by a licensed massage therapist, cosmetologist or esthetician.

Wellness Spa – Menu focuses on a mixture of stress-relieving treatments, detoxification therapies, and some medical treatments that do not need an MD to oversee them.

Medical Spa – A spa that is overseen and usually owned by medical doctors and health professionals who set up complete protocols for people to overcome illnesses. The beauty treatments and facials offered utilize products that only licensed physicians have access to. For example, the skin care products are higher strength and the results are better than what is used at Day Spas.

European Spa, Asian Spa, Ayurvedic Spa, Native American Indian Spa – These are spas that focus on the particular culture they represent. For example, a Japanese spa may be set in a location surrounded by Japanese zen gardens. A Native American Indian spa often includes rock saunas. A Korean spa may include hot and cold pools and do deep exfoliating massage treatments in between dips in the water.

Hotel or Resort Spa – Modern day spa setting in a high-end hotel or resort, often located overlooking the ocean or a city, offering traditional types of massage and spa services.

Services

There are many different types of massages – and each one provides unique experiences and benefits. The more massages you try, the more familiar you’ll become with the different styles available, and whether or not they suit your needs and preferences.

The most common types of massage are:

Swedish massage therapy – great for relaxation of the whole body, and uses long strokes, kneading, rolling, circular movements and tapping motions.

Deep tissue massage – When there are lots of knots in the muscles, deep tissue massage makes it its goal to remove them.

Thai massage – This unusual type of massage has you moving into different body positions while the massage therapist uses passive stretches to stretch and energize you.

Shiatsu massage – This may be called pressure point therapy, as different points on the body are pressed and held until muscles relax.

Sports massage – The goal of this one is to increase flexibility and prevent or treat sports injuries.

Reflexology – Specific points on the hands and feet are pressed and held. The points may connect to specific organs that are showing symptoms.

Raindrop therapy massage – This type uses a few dozen different essential oils that are applied to the soles of the feet, hands, and spine at strategic times during the massage.

Hot stone massage – Warm stones are place at specific points on the body to loosen tight muscles.

What you wear to the spa and during treatments depends on the services you are receiving. If you are getting a massage, you may be asked to shower first and then put on a spa robe and slippers in the locker room until you are able to strip down for the massage. Underneath the spa robe you would likely wear underwear, a swim suit, or nothing at all if you prefer (and they allow it).

Some types of massage, such as sports massage may not require you to be completely nude. Always check on the spa policies with the massage therapist or receptionist before your treatment. If the treatment requires touch on most areas of the body, it may be easier for the therapist if you remove any garments that would interfere with the treatment.

When going into the sauna, steam room or Jacuzzi, you may wear your swimsuit or go nude, depending on the policies of the spa.

Spa Etiquette

Spa etiquette is always important. One of the keys here is to know when and where nudity is allowed and to follow the rule. A second is whether or not you’ll change in a cubicle, a locker room or in a restroom stall. Follow the lead of the other guests and avoid any behavior that would make others uncomfortable.

Wearing slippers is also part of spa etiquette and helps decrease the chances of picking up or transferring any athlete’s foot infections, or other germs.

Before you enter into any hot tub, Jacuzzi, steam room, of Vichy shower, it is required that you shower with soap.

It’s also considered polite to arrive with ample time before your appointment. Then turn off your cell phone so you aren’t interrupted during your special spa time with your therapist.

Cancellation policies vary depending on the spa. Check ahead for your spa’s policy on this. There may be a steep penalty charge for late cancellation.

Tipping is allowed, depending on the spa and varies from 15-20%. If the tip is automatically added to your bill, remember that the therapist will not be the only one getting the tip.

Talking is allowed in the spa, but for the sake of respect for other clients, it’s good to keep conversations low and make every effort not to disrupt the tranquil environment. This is especially important to remember if you’ve come with a pal or partner. Just because you two have a lot to talk about doesn’t mean others want to hear it during their spa day!

Many people fall asleep during their relaxing spa treatments. Some clients bond well with their massage therapist, who becomes somewhat like a counselor during their massage, but many massage therapists are focused solely on providing an excellent service. If you’re in a chatty mood you may choose to converse during your treatment.