Going to the spa is the best way to relax when you’re on vacation. More than a luxurious pampering activity, having a full-body massage soothes your tension away and delivers therapeutic benefits. If you’ve never experienced this indulgence before, now is the perfect opportunity to recharge and rejuvenate.
Follow these tips to make your first spa experience a truly relaxing one:
1. Book your spa visit early
Hotel and resort spas tend to get booked quickly, especially during peak season. It’s wise to reserve a slot early, preferrable the same time you book your accommodation. Some hotels also offer great discounts for early birds!
When you confirm your booking, don’t hesitate to state if you have any requests. Most women aren’t comfortable with male therapists, so they request a female therapist. Some men prefer females, while others would be more at ease with males. Make sure to clarify your preferences prior to your session.
2. Show up with time to spare
Massages are slow and gentle because they’re meant to calm and relax you. For the best experience, take measures to avoid feeling rushed when you arrive. Aim to arrive at least 30 minutes before your reservation.
One of the best things about spas is that even the waiting experience is relaxing. First-time spa-goers may need to fill out forms and questionnaires. You’ll also need a few minutes to change and shower. Use the extra time you have to explore the spa and enjoy its amenities such as the sauna and pool.
3. Don’t worry about clothing
While most people wear nothing under their spa robes, some first-timers may feel uncomfortable getting naked. It’s perfectly fine to leave your underwear on if that will make you more at ease. Be assured that massage therapists are professionally trained to give you privacy and make you feel as relaxed as possible.
Most resort spas offer disposable underwear or shorts for those who don’t want to go fully nude. You’ll find them in your locker room. Other little extras you may find include bath essentials such as shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, and a toothbrush.
4. Talk to your therapist
It’s normal for people to doze off during a relaxing massage session. If you have specific pains and tension that need special attention, tell your therapist beforehand. Additionally, let them know if you want the pressure to be strong or mild. Don’t hesitate to bring up any concerns you have. If the room is too cold or you want to use a different aromatherapy oil, your therapist will be more than happy to oblige.
After your massage, don’t rush out too quickly. Stay while you sip a hot cup of herbal tea. Savor a few more minutes of calm before heading out to the real world.
Follow these tips and let your first spa experience welcome you to a world of rejuvenating escapes. If you’re going on a tropical vacation, try having your massage by the beach, where you can unwind while being one with nature.
If you’re looking for a special spa treatment at our resort in Khao Lak, get in touch with us to see how we can help!