Whether or not you are new to the spa-world, you may find it somewhat daunting to choose the right spa for you. If you are frequenting a local spa in your area, you have a lot of things to consider and can rely on a lot of various resources to help you choose the perfect spa for you.
1. Personal Preference and Purpose: The most important piece of the puzzle is to get to the heart of you interests and personal preferences. What is inspiring you to go to the spa? What services interest you? What kind of atmosphere will give you your desired experience? How much you are willing to spend? What is your primary goal? Here are a few to think about:
- Pampering and Indulgence: Be indulged and relax
- Peace of Mind: Look inwards and reflect
- Anti-Aging and Beauty: Focus on your skin and anti-aging remedies
- Stress Management: Learn relaxation techniques, how to manage stress, and other strategies for feeling more in balance and in control
- Fitness: Looking for opportunities to push yourself and test your limits
- Health and Wellness: Deal with bad habits or medical issues that have prevented you from leading a healthier lifestyle
- Bonding: Go with another or several other people and want to share an experience together
- Detox: Rid your body of impurities
2. Research References: Once you know what you are trying to get out of the experience, do your research to find out which spa is best aligned with your personal interests and goals. Resources include:
- Using online spa resources such as www.SpaFinder.com
- Friends, family and colleagues recommendations
- Using online rating venues such as citysearch.com and yelp.com
3. Professional Affiliation: It is always good to choose a spa that is affiliated with a professional spa-related trade group. This shows the spa's commitment level to service and professionalism. ISPA, for instance, has developed a Code of Ethics and Standards and Practices for spas. Any spa who is a member of ISPA must meet requirements around staffing, safety, guest relations and service per this code.
4. Conduct an Interview: If you are trying a new spa, call ahead and ask some key questions to be sure that the spa is legitimate:
- How long have you been in business?
- Is the spa licensed by the state?
- Are all of your therapists and technicians certified or licensed?
- Will I have to fill out a health questionnaire upon arrival?
- Are you affiliated with ISPA www.experienceispa.com or any other Spa Associations?
5. Take a Tour: If you have the ability to visit the spa before booking a treatment, ask for a tour of the spa and observe the following:
- Sanitary Conditions
- Size and atmosphere
- Featured amenities
- The Spa Menu and what it offers
- The personnel and how they treat one another and patrons
Do you have a favorite spa? What did you to find it?
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