There's just something about walking into a day spa,
isn't there? It's a haven from your hectic every day life, an oasis
that lets you do something just for you. That massage or body
treatment feels like a guilty indulgence, even though it's probably
necessary for your sanity!
Whether you're visiting a day spa for the first time
or the fiftieth, these tips will help you get the most out of your
massage, body wrap, aromatherapy, etc.
Remember when Mom told you not to swim for an hour
after eating? Well, the same holds true for spa visits. Don't eat
for at least an hour before a massage or body treatment.
Arrive 30 minutes early. If you're worried about
being late, tapping your foot waiting for the elevator and rushing
to the receptionist desk, you won't get nearly as much out of your
RELAX! I know, that's how you're supposed to feel
after you're done. If you can take a few deep breaths before your
treatment (in the waiting room, since you're early, right?), your
experience will be that much more rewarding.
Drink LOTS of water before and after. Water
enhances the detoxifying and rehydrating benefits.
Talk to your therapists - they don't bite! If
anything feels off, let them know: too hot/cold, too much
pressure/too little pressure, music's too loud - anything. They
want you to have the best experience possible so you'll come back
Theresa Carter is the creator and publisher of
TheLocalTourist.com, a free online guide to downtown Chicago. Find
restaurants, bars, spas, salons, events, attractions, shopping,
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