Going to the spa, whether you do it once a week or once a month, is a great way to de-stress and make yourself feel better – both body and mind. However, in most areas there are many different spas, and knowing which one to pick isn’t always easy.
While nothing trumps personal experience, trying every spa in your area is likely impossible. When it’s time to pick a new spa, use these basic tips for finding the right place for you.
Pick Your Type
Not all spas are the same, and even within a radius of a few miles you’ll likely find a variety of different types of spas. Before visiting, you’ll need to know which type you’re looking for.
Day spas offer all the basic services and are often designed to give nearby residents or travelers a relaxing day. Day spas don’t offer sleeping accommodations and in some cases, amenities are limited since you won’t be spending much time there.
Salon spas are similar to day spas, but they’re usually attached to a regular hair salon so both services can be combined. Salon spas generally offer only the basic services a day spa might offer like massage.
Medical spas offer day spa services but also offer treatments that require medical and dermatological supervision. Examples of these services often include Botox injections or laser skin resurfacing.
Destination spas often offer the most services to customers while allowing them access to overnight accommodations. Many of these spas also offer healthy lifestyle packages that include food detox and other lifestyle-related programs like health lectures and seminars.
Online reviews posted on third-party sites are sometimes the best way to gather information about spas you’ve never visited. For the most part, individuals that post these reviews do so only to help other consumers find quality places.
Most people who post on online review sites use the reviews themselves and value truthfulness. While you might find a paid ad or two in the mix, the variety of reviews on a third-party site can give you an overall picture of how regular customers experience the spa.
What’s the Environment Like?
Some spas are fast-paced, quickly moving facilities that help patrons get the services they need quickly and return to their daily lives. Other spas are designed to help customers relax without feeling rushed or hurried.
To know which spa type is right for you you’ll have to determine your needs. If you’re getting a massage on your lunch hour, you may prefer the fast-paced spa type. If you want a day of relaxation after a stressful week, you’ll likely prefer a more tranquil environment.
When checking out a new spa, make sure you get some sense of what the environment is like so you won’t be surprised when you show up.
Scout the Spa
If you’re going to a destination spa, you may need to rely on reviews. However, if you’re looking for any other type of spa in your area, you’ll likely be able to visit the spa in person to see what it’s really like.
After all, a spa could look perfect in photos taken by the owners only to have less-than-stellar facilities once you arrive.
Amenities and Services
Even if you can’t visit a spa in person, you’ll want to find out if they have private treatment rooms, shower facilities and any other amenities that are important to you. Checking on licensing information like business and staff credentials via internet or in person is also recommended.
If you do manage to visit a spa in person, make sure you take something away that informs you of all of the services and spa treatments they offer. If not, ask the spa to send you information or direct you to their website.
Almost all spas you visit in person will have takeaway cards or brochures that talk about their various services and treatments.
Going to the spa is supposed to be relaxing, but if you’re feeling stressed about finding the right one, you’re not alone. Many people simply avoid spas because they aren’t sure of what the experience will be like and they don’t want to waste their money.
Instead of simply avoiding the spa, do your homework and find one that works for you. Once you do, you’ll likely have a sanctuary and refuge that you can visit on a regular basis for years to come.
Gwen Eve Lewis is a freelance writer from Southern California and has contributed to several beauty and health blogs as well as business/social media sites.
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