What Should I Look for in a Day Spa?

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When most people think of a day spa, massages and mud baths often come to mind. What better way to enjoy a relaxing retreat without having to spend several days at a resort? At a day spa one can receive a back rub, aromatherapy, facials, manicures, pedicures and almost all of the wonderful pampering one can find at a resort spa. The difference is that one spends only a few hours at a day spa.

Before you visit a day spa, be sure to choose the one that best fits your needs. Some spas are simply fancy beauty salons where one can expect makeovers, facials and other similar treatments. Others are geared more towards stress management, and one can expect to receive massages or hydrotherapy treatments. Still others are geared more towards health and wellness. At this type of day spa, one can expect diet and exercise to be a main focus. Research the different amenities at each day spa in your area before making an appointment. It might even be best to tour the facilities before making a commitment.


All spa therapists and technicians should be licensed and their licenses should be displayed prominently at each of their stations. The day spa should also have certificates displayed by the Department of Health, the Board of Cosmetology, and any other entity that sets standards for health and wellness. The day spa and all of its rooms and stations should be clean and conducive to relaxation. It should be a place where you feel comfortable so you can forget about the job or the kids for a few hours.

Find out what different services entail. For instance, when you request a massage or a facial, what kind will it be? Will you be allowed to wear a bathing suit so you don't have to be naked under a towel? If you have sensitive skin or certain allergies, you'll want to find out what products are used before signing up.

If privacy is an issue, find out if you'll have to share treatment rooms with others or if the charge for a private room is extra. Never be afraid to ask questions about any of the treatments, even if it has to do with a technician's or therapist's qualifications. If there's ever anything that makes you feel uncomfortable, move on.

If you're looking for some relaxation time, but can't take a week's vacation, why not visit a day spa? After a few hours of pampering, you're sure to feel like new again.


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