Spa Etiquette 101: Everything You Need To Know Spa Week December 30, 2015 All Stories, Spa, Spa Deals, Spa Spotlight 197 Comments So, you’re headed off on your dream spa day. Things are great and you’re super excited for a day of relaxation and pampering. Then, it hits you – You have no idea what to do when you get there. Do you take off all of your clothes for a massage? How much should you tip? What if your cellphone rings during a facial? To find out everything you need to know before heading to the spa, we talked to Julie Lindh, Skin Fitness Expert at JL Skin Fitness. Check out Julie’s answers and get ready for a super relaxing experience. Additionally, if you have any more questions about spa-ing and beyond, let us know in the comments section below. Arrival Time What is the best time to be there for an appointment? 15 minutes for first timer to fill out the consent form, etc. Its good to come on time to get best out of your session. Children To bring, or not to bring, that is the question. Having a [spa treatment] is about focusing on you. Most customers want to get away from their daily routine so bringing children is not ideal. Phones Are phones allowed in quiet rooms? I tell my clients they should not have their phone on during our session but I understand if they need for special reason. What about during treatments? Should they be turned off or on silent? Silent Tipping What are the guidelines? I don’t force anyone to tip, but for my girls I do ask if they liked the treatment and if they wish to leave tips. Tips usually are 20%. Is there a difference for spa treatments vs. medical services by a nurse or doctor? Yes. Spa treatments cost less then medical treatment and often tip is not part of medical procedures. Talking Speaking up to preferences, should you let your therapist know if it’s too hard or soft? A great therapist should always ask the client and communicate for best results. How can I avoid talking altogether during treatment? Can you tell your therapist you prefer it quiet? Absolutely. It’s your time and money. This should be mentioned at the beginning of the session. Dress How much do you have to take off for a facial? From waist up. For a massage…? You may leave the panties on unless the spa provide a disposable. Can you wear jewelry? It’s best to remove the jewelry prior to the session. Now that you’ve learned all that you need to know to have an amazing spa day, make sure to sign up for our newsletter to gain access to exclusive spa gift card discounts and more. 197 Responses Anne March 11, 2016 I’ve never been to a spa. Just had some physical therapy massage on my back and leg. Reply Ute February 26, 2016 I was given a day at Nirvana Spa in England for Christmas, 2015. It was heaven!!! Reply Christina C. January 24, 2016 I haven’t gone to a spa for over 2 years since baby was born. Reply Chelsea January 22, 2016 I haven’t been to a spa since my glorious trip to Thailand (AMAZING spa experience btw). Reply Diana Smith Hill January 19, 2016 It has been years since I went to a spa. I went to an Elizabeth Arden spa for treatments and told them I was allergic to nuts and not to use oils or creams on me that contain nuts. After 15 minutes I was headed to the ER! I don’t understand why they cannot use oils like avocado, jojoba, coconut! I would love to go for a massage and a facial but worry they won’t take the time to read the labels even when I ask. Reply Tanya January 19, 2016 Not considering trips for mani/pedi services only, I think it’s been about two years since I’ve been to the spa. However, I intend to visit one for my 40th birthday celebration in March! Reply Daniela Plume January 19, 2016 it’s been too long but i received a spa certificate for christmas so i’ll have to go soon 🙂 Reply Jairo Garcia January 19, 2016 The last time I headed to a spa was back in 2006 when I was battling acne Reply Lissa January 19, 2016 My daughter took me last year for Mothers Day. It was wonderful!! Reply Sharday L. January 19, 2016 I last went to the spa two weeks ago. I got a foot massage while I was waiting for my car to be finished at the auto shop. Probably one of the best ways to pass time. Reply Lynne Meyer January 18, 2016 I’ve actually never been to a spa…but I sure would love to go sometime! Reply Christine A January 17, 2016 It’s been almost 18 months since my last spa appointment & after taking care of three boys, aging & unfortunately ill family members, could really use a day of pampering so I can better focus on my schedules with renewed vigor. Reply Kayla L January 17, 2016 I’ve only been to a spa once years ago! Reply Denise Drumheller January 17, 2016 I have never been to a spa. Reply Amber Stovall January 17, 2016 Last time I headed to the spa I was 8 month pregnant. My son is now 13 months so I think I need some mommy spa time for sure! Reply Daphne January 16, 2016 At 61–haven’t been to a spa yet–but it sounds like a treat! Reply Kelly D. January 16, 2016 About 10 years ago Reply Devon Eaton January 16, 2016 It has been about 8 years since I’ve been to a spa and had a massage. Good I need one soon lol Reply Janelle Miranda January 16, 2016 I haven’t been in a long time but I could really use a massage! Reply Barbara Lima January 16, 2016 The last time I went to the spa was two months ago. I love getting a facial or a massage. Reply Elsie January 16, 2016 My daughter and I went about ten years ago, I’d say we are both due! Thanks for this chance!! Reply Lucy January 16, 2016 Unfortunately, I have never been to a spa yet! 🙁 the closest experience was a couples Thai massage with my boyfriend about a year ago, it was wonderful and followed similar guidelines to this 😀 Reply Cheryl bargo January 16, 2016 I’ve never been to a spa Reply cyndi gagliardi January 16, 2016 I haven’t had a true spa day for a while, but did have a massage last week, which was wonderful! I always tip my therapists well! Reply Marie Byrne January 16, 2016 I went to a thermal bath in Budapest last year which was an amazing experience Reply Dorothy spitzock January 15, 2016 Had a massage last week, a facial in November. Reply Milagros C. January 15, 2016 The last time I have been on a spa was 3 years ago Reply Ashley Thompson January 15, 2016 It has honestly been a long time so I definitely need to go! Reply Patty January 15, 2016 I don’t remember. 🙁 Reply Linda Peters January 15, 2016 Last spa day has been 3-4 years, have had lots of health issues, guess you could say I’m overdue! Reply Sharon January 15, 2016 I have never been to a spa due to all extra money going to doctors after a serious car accident. I could sure use one. Reply toni v January 15, 2016 I went 4 times in December to treat myself with massages during the busiest month of the year…I only fell asleep during 1! Reply Kat F. January 15, 2016 Wow, it’s been several years! 🙁 Reply Laura Royal January 15, 2016 I went two days before Christmas to make sure I was relaxed enough to handle all of the chaos. Reply Pamm January 17, 2016 May is The last time I had a spa treatment. Oh these aching bones. Reply Mi Webber January 15, 2016 I last went to the spa 4 years ago to get a facial. Reply Kerry Schwidde January 15, 2016 I’ve never been to a Spa. Reply Julie January 15, 2016 Oh goodness, the last time I was at a spa was probably 10 years ago, if not more! If I ever do get to go again, it will be like I’m a first-timer. So thanks for these tips! Reply Tarra January 15, 2016 The last time I was at the spa was less than a week ago! My amazing husband got me a hydromassage for my aching back from being 37 weeks pregnant 🙂 Reply Dominique Dumas January 15, 2016 The last time I went to the spa was over 2 yrs ago. Reply Shevon R January 15, 2016 I don’t remember the last time I went to the spa. Sad, but true. Reply Greisy Wardsworth January 15, 2016 It’s been over a year long Time for my body Reply Frank Jr January 14, 2016 last time I was on vacation and it was included Reply ron r January 14, 2016 received a day at a spa as a gift last year. Was my first spa experience Reply sue t January 14, 2016 spent a whole day at a spa around thanksgiving last year. It was a gift Reply Joanne S January 13, 2016 Three weeks ago. I love finding new places to go through SpaWeek! Reply Elinor January 13, 2016 It’s been over a year and a half. I’m definitely in need of a spa day. Reply Elinor January 13, 2016 Over a year and a half ago. I’m definitely in need of a spa day! Reply Alisson H. January 13, 2016 It’s been about 12 years or so, too long! Reply Dana L January 13, 2016 The last time I went to the spa was right before Christmas. To get a facial and a haircut 🙂 Reply Christa January 13, 2016 I have not been to a spa for over 5 years. I loved it when I went but I just have not been able to pamper myself….too busy taking care of everyone else. A mothers work is never done!! Reply Christa January 13, 2016 I have not been to a spa in over 5 years. It was wonderful when I went just haven’t been able to pamper myself. Reply Michelle R January 13, 2016 I headed to the spa last fall and got a facial 🙂 Reply Elizabeth E January 13, 2016 Last time I went to a spa was 2013! Man I should go again! Reply Frank R January 13, 2016 I got a massage around 6 months ago. love them! Reply Audrey January 13, 2016 WAAAAAAAAYYYY TOOOOOOO LOOOOOONNNNG Reply Kathleen DiMartino January 12, 2016 about 2 years! Reply sally R. January 12, 2016 The last time I was at the spa was when my daughter purchased a spa day for me on my birthday last year, time just flies. Reply Christine January 12, 2016 I have never been to a spa! Reply Ro January 12, 2016 The last time I went to the spa was about 2 months ago. Would love to go again soon. Reply Jan Kong January 12, 2016 I’ve never been to the spa. Reply Nicole Margrif January 12, 2016 its been about 2 months Reply Janice Cournoyer January 12, 2016 Been about a year since I have been to a spa. Way overdue to go!! Reply Sara Harrison January 12, 2016 I’ve never been fortunate enough G go to a spa, but I’d love to! Reply DeBorah B January 12, 2016 I have never been to a spa and I would love to go to one. Reply Mesia January 12, 2016 Never have gone Reply Amy January 12, 2016 It has been 2 yrs but received a partial gift certificate so will be heading again soon !! Reply Kimberly D January 12, 2016 It’s been well over a year, I’m sad to say. Reply Patricia January 12, 2016 It’s been almost a year and I’m missing my massage! Reply Kate Noll January 12, 2016 A couple months ago — too long! Reply Danielle Molina January 11, 2016 I’ve never been to a spa 🙁 but I sure would love to go to one! Reply J T January 11, 2016 It’s been way too long. Reply Kay January 11, 2016 Just two days ago. Much needed massage after a very stressful time leading up to and following my mother’s death. Reply Wendy S January 11, 2016 It has been over a year and I’m overdue ! Reply Chris January 11, 2016 I have not been to the spa in at least 5 years! Reply Jessica Berry January 11, 2016 It has been over a year and a much needed visit is in order! Reply Elisse January 11, 2016 The last time I headed to the spa was in November 2015, when I was working in South Carolina and had a day off in Charleston. I had an hour of reflexology, and it was GRAND! Reply Tara B January 11, 2016 I’ve never been to a real spa. Reply Kara January 11, 2016 It’s been way too long. I have a gift card I intend on using soon Reply Rhonda January 11, 2016 I’ve never been but I’ve got a gift card to go and just need to schedule it! 🙂 Reply yati January 11, 2016 never been at spa but really love to go soon Reply gail January 11, 2016 In October for my anniversary Reply Dana January 11, 2016 I was lucky enough to get to a spa for a massage about a month ago. I have since hurt my shoulder (again) and could use another trip to get into the muscle. Reply Adrienne V Williamson January 11, 2016 Never! And boy do I need it! Reply Kelley January 11, 2016 3 months ago with my mother in law! Reply Lacey McBride January 11, 2016 The last time I went to the spa was last Mother’s Day! I am so ready to go again!! I need it to be a more regular thing! 🙂 Reply Toan tran January 11, 2016 I’ve never been to the spa before. Reply Lauren January 11, 2016 Last month. I try to go every other month to relax and feel refreshed. Reply Lori January 11, 2016 It’s been over a year for me and far overdo! Reply Melanie Hawk January 11, 2016 scheduling one very soon. 🙂 Reply Melanie Hawk January 11, 2016 it’s been a while. I am scheduling an spa day with a christmas gift card I received. 🙂 Reply Joyce Poyton January 11, 2016 It’s been about 3 years. I’m long over do. Reply Deanna Burleson January 11, 2016 Probably been over 10 years since I went to the spa. Reply Amy January 10, 2016 I had a facial in October. Reply Anna Pry January 10, 2016 never been to a spa Reply lori n. January 10, 2016 My last spa visit was right before Christmas, a little gift to ME! Reply Kat January 10, 2016 Last time I was at a spa was in May 2015 in Scottsdale. I had a wonderful massage! Reply Destiny January 10, 2016 Two months ago 🙂 Reply Rajee January 10, 2016 Never been to Spa Reply Jamie Martin January 9, 2016 I’ve never been… yet. Reply Rachel Travis January 8, 2016 The last time I was at the spa was on my birthday in November! Reply ellen willett January 8, 2016 never been would love to go Reply lesha January 8, 2016 The last time I went for a spa was 4 years ago. I would love to go again. Reply Sandy Weinstein January 8, 2016 last time was in december 2015, will probably be going again in jan or feb. 2016 Reply Shar January 8, 2016 The last time I went to a spa was 2 years ago…a wonderful spa in Biloxi! Reply Kaylin Bruce January 8, 2016 I cannot even remember the last time that I headed to the spa. If I had to guess, I say 2009? (when I was pregnant with my 2nd child.) Reply Laura Holland January 7, 2016 never been Reply Tara McClenic January 7, 2016 I have never been to a spa for any treatments, only to buy a product once that is only sold in spas. I truly do need to have some ‘me’ time at a spa though. Reply Jess January 7, 2016 I haven’t been for a massage since the fall. I’m overdo! I could use a facial soon as well. Reply brenda disimone January 7, 2016 about 6 months Reply Jessica Herring January 7, 2016 More than 3 years.. Reply tiffany wong January 7, 2016 I never been to a spa! Hope I win and start the habit! Reply Alisson H. January 7, 2016 It’s been more than 10 years since I’ve been to a spa. 😢 Reply michelle weaver January 7, 2016 Its been 2 years for me! Reply Amy Z. January 7, 2016 The last time I was at the spa was in the summer! Reply Kathleen Gereg January 7, 2016 Headed to the spa about a year ago. I know, shame on me! Reply Lorena Pauline January 7, 2016 I’m not sure if having just nails done is considered going to a spa, however I was on crutches in December and went to get my first Shellav manicure as a pick me up. Reply kris mihalov January 7, 2016 i have not been in over 2 years Reply Nicole Margrif January 6, 2016 Back in November, two months ago. Reply Katie McBride January 6, 2016 The last time I went to a spa was five years ago for a full body massage. It was sssoooo nice. Reply Phyllis Skoglund January 6, 2016 I just came back from the spa. Reply PhyllisGee January 6, 2016 Oh my I feel that there’s a spy cam since I just came back from the spa. Reply Julie January 6, 2016 I’ve actually never been to the spa, but I would love to go someday. Reply Andrea Darst January 6, 2016 I haven’t been to a spa for years, but my hubby bought me a certificate for a massage so I’m really excited about that! Reply Helen January 6, 2016 Just did a spa day with my friend in December! Reply Trisha B. January 6, 2016 I’ve never been to a spa before. I think I’m over due! Reply Trisha B. January 6, 2016 Honestly and very sadly, I’ve never been to a spa before. Reply Joanne L January 6, 2016 I am embarrassed to say that it has been years. I use to go all the time and reap the many benefits, However, since my illnesses, I had to go on disability and they do not support any sort of spa/natural/remedies/treatments. Spa treatments would help me get more healthy and relaxed. Also, anything in skin care would help while needing to stay on medications. My skin suffers as well. The things I suffer do benefit from many treatments offered thru spa’s. I would be grateful for any wins to get me started . Thanks Spa Week. Reply Charu Nagarajan January 6, 2016 I haven’t been to a spa in a long time. I have had massages for my back spasms in my Chiropractor’s office Reply Tammie Manis January 6, 2016 I have been to a “spa”..BUT it’s been such a very long time, in other words I cannot exactly tell you when. I use to get monthly facials, massages, and hair done..till MONEY became the issue! Reply Stephanie Upton January 6, 2016 The last time I actually made it to the spa was so long ago that I can’t remember exactly how long!! At least three or four years!! Lol #sosad Thanks for the chance!! :))) Reply Meena nichani January 6, 2016 It’s been a while as I have a one year old. I would say about 1 year ago. Reply Yumsy January 6, 2016 Never been to a real spa. I only went once to a facial salon 3 yrs ago. Reply Belle January 6, 2016 Went to the spa a week ago Reply Laura Royal January 6, 2016 I went to the spa two days before Christmas to make sure I was relaxed for the holidays 😀 Reply Cat Delgado January 6, 2016 I last went to a spa 6 months ago, and it was divine! Reply CL Chin January 6, 2016 I went to a spa in mid -December for a microdermabrasion facial and massage. Reply Terrie Miller January 6, 2016 Last time I headed to the spa was in 2003. Reply Valerie L January 5, 2016 Never been to a spa Reply Marissa Grill January 5, 2016 The last time I went was in September over my bachelorette weekend! Reply amy stonger January 5, 2016 Its been almost 4 years now. As a single mom I dont get the chance to go to the spa very often. Reply Linda A. January 5, 2016 Went last week and it was like I died and went to heaven!!!!! Reply Lynn T. January 5, 2016 I’ve never been, I’ve only done Manicures Reply Angie W January 5, 2016 A few months ago before I had back surgery…ready to go back! 🙂 Reply momiji aya January 5, 2016 i never have spa experience.but would love to try Reply kiki January 5, 2016 About 9 months ago with my girl friends Reply Susan DuBois January 5, 2016 Right before the holidays fir a facial. Reply sana January 5, 2016 End of December 2015 Reply Dennis L January 5, 2016 I’ve never been to a spa but I’d sure love to try one Reply Nancy H January 5, 2016 Way too long…2 years or so Reply Nadia Garcia January 5, 2016 I’ve never been to the spa and I’m 19years old. Reply helenlam January 5, 2016 I went yesterday but only to treat a friend. Next time hopefully it’ll be for me! Reply Cynthia Knisely January 5, 2016 I have never been to a spa. I would really like to. Reply Lester Soper January 5, 2016 Last time I was at a spa was the last time in Vegas, at the Golden Nugget. It was glorious, go if you get a chance. Reply Neida Aponte January 5, 2016 The last time I went to the spa was 3 years ago when I was on a cruise. I definitely need one asap. Reply Jennifer Gibson January 5, 2016 I can’t remember the last time I was in a spa, probably at least 10 years ago. Reply Barbara B January 5, 2016 I think it was 2 years ago on my birthday. Reply Stephanie January 5, 2016 I work in a spa so I’m there everyday 😁 Reply Linda P January 5, 2016 I haven’t been in about 2 years! Health issues have kept me sidelined. But now, hope to make up for it. Need a good facial and peel. Reply Lucy January 5, 2016 I have never been to a spa, the closest thing I’ve ever come to is the hot tub in my apartment complex! Reply Sarah Thomas January 5, 2016 It’s been months since I’ve been to the spa! I really need to make time for it Reply Colleen January 5, 2016 The last time I was at the spa was in April. Right after my Mom passed. We had booked it months in advance and it was a much needed break for my BFF and I. Reply Kim January 5, 2016 I was at a 5 star spa in December before the Holidays, & at a different lovely spa in October Reply Toan tran January 5, 2016 Sadly I’ve never been to a spa. Reply Wendy January 5, 2016 @2yrs ago. Reply Felecia german January 5, 2016 I have never been to a spa! But I have always wanted to! Reply Kelley January 5, 2016 2 months ago with my mother in law! Reply Lisa M January 5, 2016 Its been over a year , in fact I had a gift certificate expire b/c I didn’t take the “ME” time to go 🙁 Reply Kay January 5, 2016 I think spa treatments (in particular) massages are very healthy and necessary. Also pedicures – for looking after feet is very important. Reply pearl biggar January 5, 2016 Ive never been to a spa ..sounds so great! Reply pearl biggar January 5, 2016 Ive never been it looks wonderful…. Reply Mary W January 5, 2016 I haven’t been to the spa in years! Reply Christina rogers January 5, 2016 I’ve never been to a spa !! After everyone is taken care of no time or money left 😢 Reply patricia January 5, 2016 I have only been to a spa once (for my 50th birthday). Reply saegan anderson January 5, 2016 This last Saturday! i have to pamper myself once a month Reply saegan anderson January 5, 2016 this last Saturday! i have to pamper myself once month 🙂 Reply Jennifer J. January 4, 2016 It has been way too long since I went to a spa (several, as in 5 to 10 years)!!! I am long over due and in need of a treatment and some quality me time. Would love to win!!! Reply Nancy H. January 4, 2016 Got the hot stone and oil massage in Japan. Absolutely amazing way to detox and must say the masseuse was so good! Oh I NEED TO GO GET ME SOME NOW! Reply Nancy H. January 4, 2016 oh I forgot to write down it was last summer:) Reply Rebecca B January 4, 2016 I haven’t been to the spa in a couple years and it is killing me lol! Definitely need to schedule more me time this year! Reply Cathy Thompson January 4, 2016 Oh my this sounds like a little bit of heaven the spa! I actually have never been but would love to and thanks for the tips, may take my Mother soon! That would be great quality time for us! Reply Alexia January 4, 2016 I’ve actually never been to a spa. 🙁 Reply Sarah January 4, 2016 Ive never been to a spa before I always wanted to but was never able to afford it Reply Claudia January 4, 2016 I treated myself to a spa treatment in mid-December. Reply Claudia January 4, 2016 Make spas, not war! Reply Mary W January 4, 2016 Going to a spa would be a new experience for me. Reply Linda Schorel January 4, 2016 I would love to win this! I have never been to spa before!!! Reply Dana Morin January 4, 2016 It’s been a year or longer! Reply Susan P. January 4, 2016 The last time I headed to the spa was a long time ago, maybe 10 years ago. Reply Lorena Grande January 4, 2016 I cannot recall the last time I’ve been to a spa! That’s how long it’s been. 🙂 I guess that makes me due. Reply Emily Geary January 4, 2016 The last time I went to the spa was before my aunts wedding! I would love to go again to try a facial. Reply Beki January 4, 2016 I have never been to a spa before. Reply Heidi January 4, 2016 Went as a belated birthday present in June! My mom bought me a gift certificate to a spa that included a facial and manicure – so nice!!! Reply Stephanie V. January 4, 2016 mid December – had a wonderful DNA facial and massage!! tvollowitz at aol dot com Reply Karima Chiali January 4, 2016 I’ve never been to the spa but I’ve always wanted to! Reply Kim B January 4, 2016 I’ve never been to a spa! But it has been 6 years since my last massage by a massage therapist 🙁 Reply Amy Bielawski January 4, 2016 Last year I had a couple of treatments by a bad medi-spa… I won’t ever return. Reply Start a Conversation Cancel a Conversation Connect with Enter your WordPress.com blog URL http://.wordpress.com Proceed Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.