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Massage etiquette can be a source of anxiety for first-time spa-goers, but it’s easy once you know a few basics.Here are some basic rules of spa etiquette to help you know what to expect and feel at ease.

Turn Off your Cell Phone. You can’t relax if you’re answering calls, checking emails, and texting. Take time off and indulge in your treatment.

Arrive On Time. 10 or 15 minutes can be enough to arrive before the massage treatment. You may need a few minutes to fill out a spa consultation form along with essential oils the first time.Better to get there a little early and relax than to get there late and miss part of your treatment.

Your comfort and wellbeing is the most important thing, and your therapist is there for you.

Take a Shower. It’s nice to come clean and fresh for your massage.

Speak Up About What You Want. During the massage, feel free to speak up on anything you would like to be different — more pressure, less pressure, quieter music, a blanket if you’re cold. Your comfort is the most important thing, and your therapist is there for you.

Stay In Your Spa Nudity Comfort Zone. Massage is usually done wearing disposable underwear plus  you are covered with a sheet/towel at all times. Only the part of the body being massaged is exposed. You can keep your underwear on, but it might limit the therapist’s access to muscles that could use some work.

To Talk Or Not To Talk. You can talk during the treatment or be still, as you choose. The therapist should follow your lead. If you’re not talking and the therapist won’t be quiet, you can say something like, “I’m just going to zone out/be quiet/rest for a little while.” The therapist will get the hint. In general, try to use a quiet “spa voice” when you talk anywhere in the spa.

Getting Up From the Treatment. You don’t have to jump up instantly, but the therapist likely has another client after you so don’t linger too long. Five minutes is essentially the average time for most spa.

How Much To Tip? Service industry employees rely on tips to supplement their income. 10-15% is typical. Ask yourself, did they perform their treatment whole heartily with passion &  do their utmost to ensure an exceptional service? If they did, then their efforts should be rewarded.

If you had a wonderful treatment but can’t afford the tip, simply pass on the visit and refer a friend

Cancelling Your Appointment. If you know you’re not going to make it, let us know as soon as possible. A therapist might have come in just for you.




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