Spa experience

Getting the most out of your spa experience

What you need to know before your trip to the day spa

By Michelle Ochsner

Whether your treatment is for an hour or an entire afternoon, preparing for the spa will help you get the most out of your much deserved pampering.   If you’re relaxed, you can better enjoy your lavish retreat and distract your mind from daily to-do task by rejuvenating your body and spirit. All it takes is a little preparation and you will be well on your way to reduce stress and step away from reality.


Go ahead, ask around and find out what makes them so special by asking friends, family, your dental hygienist, or anyone else that’s willing to give you their opinion. After you’ve decided on one that suits you, call them or go online. Question them about the products used and honestly fill them in about your skin type and any medical conditions you have that might be of some concern. Make certain all products are natural and free of chemicals or synthetic scents. Know what’s included in your treatment.  Believe me, the last thing you’ll fancy is an allergic reaction to a product on a sensitive part of the body or worse yet, your face.


Do not eat a heavy meal an hour or two before your spa treatment. Instead snack on some healthy fruits or veggies with yogurt and granola so the stomach doesn’t give you that embarrassing growl or gas.

Drink between eight to ten ounces of water the day before and the day of your treatment. This will prevent dizzy spells, reduce soreness, and helps flush away toxins released from muscles. Drinking plenty of water will also help with the benefits of a treatment.


If you’re stepping away from reality, be sure to wear light comfortable clothing to experience the greatest relaxation. Remember, you’ll be nude for most of the day but don’t let that stop you from enjoying your luxurious getaway as everyone is trained in the art of drapery.

On the other hand, if you’re a bride it’s necessary to wear a shirt that buttons up the front for easy removal. This way your hair and make-up aren’t ruined as you dress. And don’t forget your headpiece for the stylist.

Getting a pedicure? To prevent your polished piggies from being ruined be sure to bring a pair of open toed shoes.


Most spas ask that you not to shave at least twenty-four hours before your appointment especially if you’re getting an exfoliation treatment. There is no good that can come of this, just simply do not do it. This goes for men as well.

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