What You Want To Know About Spa Etiquette

When we think of wellness vacations one the obvious activities that comes to mind is relaxing at a luxurious spa destination. Although there are many ways to enjoy a wellness vacation, visiting a spa is on the list for many. If you have never visited a spa, or are unsure about the proper etiquette, here are a few helpful tips to make your spa experience more comfortable.


  • Make spa appointments in advance to ensure availability of treatments and therapist preferences. Don't be shy about requesting a therapist; when scheduling your appointment it is acceptable to state if you prefer a male or female therapist.

  • Arrive at least 15 minutes early to your appointment to allow time to check in and change. Late arrivals normally do not receive an extension of time. If you want a tour of the facilities, be sure to arrive more than 15 minutes early.

  • Wear what makes you feel comfortable; although the majority of people completely undress for a treatment, it isn't necessary. Spas won't compromise modesty.

  • It's okay not to talk during the treatment if you don't want to; the therapist will take their cue from you.

  • Speak up and let the therapist know if the pressure is not adequate or too firm. Express your likes and dislikes and feel free to ask questions.

  • Jewelry should not be worn during your treatment. It is best to leave valuables (including your cell phone) at home or in your room safe deposit box.

  • Advise the spa of any medical conditions or pregnancy so they can advise proper treatments.

  • Tipping is at your discretion, but 15-20 percent is typical for good service.

Remember, the right way to spa is your way; experiencing a spa treatment is very personal so approach the experience in a way that makes you most comfortable.

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