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A spa day can be an incredibly relaxing way to get away from the stress of work and life. There are many physical and mental wellness benefits when getting pampered and cared for at the hands of certified massage therapists, estheticians, and aromatherapists.

However, if you have never been to a spa before, the process can be confusing – and even intimidating. Here is how you can prepare to have a wonderful day off where you get the most out of your treatment and leave feeling rejuvenated.

Before: Choose the package for your needs.

Before you visit your local day spa, make a plan for the types of treatments you want to get. Get an idea for the different skincare and relaxation treatments they offer and which ones you want.

If you aren’t sure where to start or which treatments to select, see if the day spa offers any packages that you can choose from. You might be able to set a budget for how much you are willing to spend and then see how this budget correlates to the different options available.

Not only will you need to choose specific treatments, but you will also need to consider the types of treatments and add-ons that come with them. For example, if you want to get a massage, learn the differences between hot stone, Swedish, relaxation, and deep-tissue massages to see which one is right for you. The spa might also offer aromatherapy or rejuvenation masks as optional upgrades as well.

Some spas require you to book these treatments in advance so they can roster the estheticians for that day. This planning can ensure you get the ideal package that you want.

During: Relax your mind and your body.

The goal of getting a massage or facial isn’t just to treat your physical ailments, but also to relax your mind and help you cope with stress and anxiety in your life. When you arrive at the boutique, turn off your phone and let people know that you will not be answering calls and messages for the next few hours. Then take a few deep breaths and prepare to enter a place that is calm and serene.

Turning off your thoughts can be one of the hardest parts of getting pampered. Even when you are resting with a face mask it’s challenging not to think about your grocery list or project at work.

If your mind starts to wander toward your daily stressors, turn off your thoughts, and focus on the experience instead. How does the aromatherapy make you feel? What does the music remind you of?

Many guests will fall asleep during their treatments because they are so relaxed. Resting your brain is just as important as pampering your body.

After: Follow any post-care instructions.

Getting these various body treatments can be hard work! Your massage therapist or other relaxation professional may provide you with recommendations to care for your body after you leave their facility. For example, most guests are encouraged to drink water after a massage or are told to avoid the sun for a few hours following a facial. If you get a manicure or pedicure, the polish might still be soft, which means you should avoid touching your nails on hard surfaces.

Most of these instructions are easy to follow and can ensure you have a good post-spa experience.

If you aren’t sure what to do when you arrive at the spa or what packages are right for you, don’t be afraid to ask. The people who work there are happy to help you and will ensure you get what you need. Remember, this is your day. Do whatever you need to relax and enjoy yourself.

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