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First-time spa-goers have a lot of anxiety - especially about getting undressed in front of a stranger. The staff are there to make you comfortable and guide you through the experience. And most people enjoy it so much they come back. But here are a few tips and answers to questions about going to the spa.

Showing up on time
First, always get there early. Arrive at least 30 minutes early so you can change into your robe and use the relaxation rooms and facilities to help get you in the right place to maximise the enjoyment you will undoubtedly get from your visit.  

Cancellation policies
Be conscious that short-notice cancellations will probably incur a charge, especially if you've left your credit card number at booking. Know the spa's cancellation policies when you book and give as much notice as possible if you change your appointment plans.

Mind your manners
Your mobile phone should be turned off - and kept off - while in the spa; using oneis a huge no-no. Better yet, leave it at home! In a relaxation room, conversation is fine as long as it's in a soft tone.

Male or female therapist?
It's up to you. Spas make every effort to accommodate guest wishes in this regard. Keep in mind that at peak hours, it may be harder to fulfil your request, and that for less-requested treatments, the spa may have only one therapist available. Remember to book in advance; if you are a fan of a particular therapist, chances are someone else is as well.

In the buff: Spa Nudity
Nudity is probably the aspect of spa-going that causes guests the most anxiety. Baring it all to someone you've just met can feel awkward. But keep in mind that most therapists go to great lengths to maintain guest modesty, stepping out of the treatment room to allow you to disrobe and get comfortable under the sheet on the massage table. If you're uncomfortable about being in the buff, you don't have to undress completely; it's perfectly okay to wear underwear while having a massage. Second, there are select treatments for which spas will often supply disposable undergarments and whilst they are not always the most flattering item of clothing to wear, they do ensure some modesty.

Still Not Sure?
Don't worry or fret if you're not sure about how to prepare for your spa visit or how things work when you get there. Whilst most spas operate under very similar ettiquette, you can always give the spa you are visiting a call prior to your visit and they will be happy to answer any question you might have and clarify any specific regulations they might have.
So, relax and enjoy your experience!

Leave these at home

Valuables
Though many spas offer locker facilities, leave jewelry and valuables at home in order to avoid any worries or stress.

Perfume
Because the emphasis should be on relaxation and because others may be allergic, it's best not to wear perfume to a treatment.

Smoking
For the most part, smoking is not allowed at spas. If it is, there are usually designated areas where you can smoke.

Pets
Unless the spa is designated as "Pet Friendly," leave pets at home.

Mobile Phones
Leave phones and pagers at home or turn them off before entering the spa.

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