8 mistakes to be avoided when visiting a spa
When you lose, don’t lose the lesson. – Dalai Lama
#1 Treatment reservation When making a reservation, do not forget to inform the spa staff about any potential health problems or current medical condition (allergies, pregnancy, cold, etc.), so that you could avoid any negative consequences or contraindications and, at the same time, be offered the most appropriate treatment. In addition, in order to avoid future discomfort, it is essential that you emphasize whether you prefer a male or a female therapist. Avoid all potential inconveniences.
#2 Being late for an appointment The majority of spa centers recommend to their clients to arrive at least 15 minutes early, so that they could have enough time to relax and to prepare themselves for the treatment, thus avoiding unnecessary haste. Being on time is not just a sign of good manners, but also a way to secure the maximum use of the appointment. If you are late, your treatment can be shortened or rescheduled due to other clients’ appointments. Therefore, don’t be late.
#3 No hesitation Whether it is light, music, room temperature, conversation during treatment, or a more or less intensive massage technique – these are all adjustable to your needs and desires. Do not hesitate to emphasize to your therapist what suits you best. If you are not satisfied with the way you are being treated, ask to speak to the spa manager. Keep in mind that the reason why you visit a spa is your own relaxation.
#4 Waxing and treatments Do not ever schedule facial or body treatments (scrubs and massages) immediately after you waxed or shaved (if you are a man) due to slight irritation that the latter can cause. Scrubs can cause a sense of prickling due to the presence of salts, while massage oils can cause irritation and redness of the skin. In addition, a direct exposure to UV rays, i.e. staying in the sun or visiting a solarium is highly discouraged. Think about your skin.
#5 Food and treatments In order to make your treatment more comfortable, make sure you do not eat for at least two hours before going to a spa. The same applies to the use of sauna and fitness facilities. Exercising or going to a sauna on a full stomach may lead not only to discomfort, but is also very unhealthy. Eat afterwards.
#6 Showering Many people make a mistake of not taking a shower before using the sauna. Don’t let yourself be among them. Not taking a shower before using the sauna will leave impurities on your skin and it will additionally slow the sweating process and, thus, the elimination of water and toxic substances from your body. After the shower, make sure you dry yourself off with a dry towel, as wet skin too can delay sweating.
#7 Towels For hygiene reasons, we highly recommend – not only for the sake of others, but for your own sake – that you always use a towel when sitting in a sauna. Always bear in mind that someone was sitting there before you and was probably sweating considerably. This might remind you to bring along a towel next time.
#8 Saunas Go to a sauna neither hungry nor on a full stomach, since both conditions overburden your blood system. You should absolutely avoid alcohol before going to a sauna and if you have been engaged in sports activities, wait until your pulse goes back to normal (approximately one hour before going to a sauna). After the sauna, avoid any sports and recreational activities (you will not lose more weight this way), because in this way you might seriously overburden your bloodstream. Also, many people exaggerate when it comes to the length and frequency of sauna usage. Always follow your instinct.