Are you trying to find a spa near you? These tips will help you locate a spa and make sure it's a quality spa that provides the right environment for you.
Of course, the easiest way to find a spa is to "Google" it. If you're looking for a day spa—type in "spas" and your town name or zip code and see what business results come up. But if you haven't been before, it's important to do some research before you go.
When you visit their websites, see what kind of spa treatments the spa offers and how much they cost. Look at photos of the facilities. Read about the owners and their philosophy. Do you like what you see? Does it fit your style and budget?
If so, give them a call. You'll be able to find out a lot about the spa by how knowledgeable and helpful the staff is. Can they describe the treatments? Can they recommend a massage therapist based on what style you like?
Take a Tour
Feel free to ask for a tour before you make an appointment. A look in the locker room will help you see if the spa maintains safe, sanitary conditions. Hair in the drain? That's a no-no. Treatment rooms may be off-limits, but you can always ask to see them. Observe how you and other customers are treated. That will indicate whether you'll have a good experience.
Here are some things to think about when you're trying to find the right day spa for you.
- Do you have a personal recommendation? If someone you know has been to a particular day spa and had a great experience, that's a plus. Get the names of therapists if you can.
- What style do you like? Day spas can be small and "homey," or lavish multi-million dollar facilities. Do you want steam and sauna and hot-tubs....or just a great massage?
- Are you "Old Faithful" or a "Spa-hopper"? Do you want to find a great massage therapist or esthetician and see them on a regular basis? Or do you want to spa-hop? A little of both is fine!
- Are there overnight spas where you can go for the day? Most resort spas, hotel spas, and destination spas let people visit their spas on a "day spa" basis. If you live in cities like Scottsdale, Arizona, Las Vegas, or New York City, going to one of these spas for the day feels like a mini-vacation.
- Do the spas have the training to back up those exotic treatments? Sometimes day spas want to offer as many services as possible—and end up overreaching. If you're interested in specialties like Lomi-Lomi or Thai Massage, ask what kind of training the therapists have had. Hopefully, it's more than a weekend seminar.
- Who owns the place? Is the owner also a working therapist? (These can be small but wonderful, like Flic in New Jersey or A Spa For You in Sedona, AZ. If it's a medical spa, is it owned by a physician? Is there always a physician or registered nurse at the facility? What are the qualifications and licenses of the people who do procedures like laser hair removal or Botox injections?
Ultimately, the most important component of a great day spa is the quality of the personnel. A good massage therapist or esthetician should be able to put you at ease from the start. As in any field, some people are more gifted and committed than others. You can always feel the difference between the people who are going through the motions and the people who truly love what they do. Rebook with the people who do the best work.