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Be Relax and Unwind With Luxury Spa

Planning your spa day. A typical day spa package might include a full body massage, a facial and nail care, which could cost around $400 or more, not including lunch or the 15 -20% gratuity. But, there are ways to have a full day at the spa while spending much less. Did you know that most full service spas have jacuzzi, saunas and steams rooms available for use by guests with a minimum treatment requirement? Let’s say you book one service for $75-150, and spend the rest of the day in the hot tub, steam room and sauna. You can even relax in a quiet room and read a book. Some spas rather than having a minimum treatment requirement may just charge a minimum fee for visitors to use the spa only. Verify the minimum treatment and spa use only policy with the spa you are interested in visiting.

When to go? Many spas offer discounts and promotions for holidays such as Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day. These are the busiest times, so it is best to book during the week and during the day if you can. Some spas also offer special discount membership programs that could result in significant discounts for the avid spa visitor.

Where to go? Before choosing a spa, get recommendations from friends and coworkers who frequent spas in your area. If possible, make an appointment to tour the facility. Find out if there is adequate parking? It is free, metered, and/or validated by the spa? Find out the hours of operation, and how long guests can hang out in the spa before and after treatments? This is important to know because if the spa closes at 9pm and you book a 50 minute appointment that begins at 8pm, that only gives you ten minutes to get showered and dressed to go home. If you want time to truly unwind at the spa, either schedule your appointment earlier, or arrive an hour or so early to relax before the treatment.

What treatments to choose? Do you want a body treatment or a facial? Body treatments include massage, body wraps and wet room treatments. If you need to release stress, either a basic massage or facial would suffice. But, if you want invigorating or detoxifying skin treatments; herbal and mud wraps wonderful. The wet room is one of my favorite places to unwind, but it is not for the shy or faint hearted. Wet room treatments involve a technician scrubbing and bathing your body on a massage table while the warm soothing water from the Vichy showers flow from overhead. It’s like taking a shower in a rain forest.

Warning: Before choosing these or any service let the booking agent know if you or your guest is pregnant or has any allergies, skin or medical conditions. There are certain products that have what are called contra indicators; chemicals and substances that are known to cause skin irritations under certain medical and chemical conditions. Let the technician know if you are using Retin A products or other treatments prescribed by a doctor. Also before booking a service determine if you or your guest has any known phobias; for instance, if the person does not like to be touched anywhere but on the hands and feet, don’t book services for a full body massage, body wraps or scrubs, not even a facial. If a person is claustrophobic or whose body is prone to overheating, do not book a body wrap. And while at the spa, please heed warnings signs posted near the steam rooms, saunas and hot tubs for those who have heart conditions or are prone to overheating.