Shikha Mittal


Beginner’s Guide About Spa Etiquette

Having a trip at spa is amazing experience as you get best pampering and relaxation. The spa staff works hard for giving you to any facility like massage, or facial, or a manicure or just some time in the sauna and they make sure that you must leave feeling refresh and reinvigorated. If you're a spa first-timer, the spa's employees will help guide you through the various services and procedures, letting you know what's expected of both you and your esthetician. Still, it's a good idea to learn about spa etiquette ahead of time. These are general rules that most spas adhere to, but if you have questions, you should call the spa to find out how the staff does things.

Arrive On Time

Arrive 20 minutes before your treatment, so you have time to settle in and relax. There’s nothing worse than rushing to the spa and feeling stressed before your treatment begins...  There may be people in front of you, and you need time to fill out paperwork, get a tour of the facilities, change into your robe, and enjoy amenities like a steam room or hot tub. They boast a pleasant relaxation/waiting area with refreshments waiting for you

Take A Shower

It is spa etiquette and for hygiene reasons have a quick shower to rinse off products, sweat, and dirt before using the pool, hydrotherapy, and spa facilities. It’s a good idea to remove make-up, wearing perfume, heavy products. And skincare products for hygiene sake. But also, it helps to prepare your face to make the most of the therapeutic benefits of the steam and sauna, etc.

Maintain Silence

When you enter a spa, especially in areas that require silence, the spa etiquette is to turn off your cellphone, PDA, Blackberry, or other electronic equipment that makes a sound. The purpose of people coming to the spa is not just to treat beauty, but also pamper yourself and restore harmony balance. It would be frustrating if the event was interrupted by the ringing of cellphone sounds.

Talk About What You Want

Once you have filled out your paperwork, you will be taken to the change area by a receptionist or any other staff member. They will show you which locker is yours so you can lock your valuables away (If possible try to leave most of your valuables at home but otherwise keep them stowed away in the locker provided.) They will show you where you need to go after you change, and where all the facilities are like the sauna and steam room are. They can also ask you some general questions like your favorite music, more pressure less pressure you will prefer a male or female massage therapist like so on, you need to answer them so that you can enjoy your massage fullest.


Meet your masseuse in advance and let them know if you have any medical problems or physical issues. During the massage, tell your therapist if you are not feeling comfortable with something. It’s also notable letting your therapist know if you're feeling uncomfortable at any point in time during your spa service. Be it the room temperature, massaging pressure, or even if you want more quiet time with less talk, let your therapist know.

About Nudity

One of the most concerning questions in your mind may be just how much you should take off once you get to the spa. As a general custom, most treatment process requires that you are draped and some spas will provide a robe in the changing room, and you should not feel embarrassed by this because all the other guests will be wearing the same thing. Whether or not you should take off your underwear is generally left up to your own judgment. It is perfectly fine to strip down all the way because your massage therapist will be sure to keep you tastefully covered while working.


This is most important thing that show them that you like their work and as a thank you can give them tip. But before giving, be sure to ask at the front desk. That whether the spa already includes tips in its prices, such as what you might expect with an all-inclusive package or what might happen at a hotel that automatically adds the massage to your room bill. Or it not included in your bill them you can pay them. Masseuses appreciate a 20 percent tip and like it even more if given in cash.

Canceling Your Appointment 

If you need to change or postpone your appointment you must let them know at least 12 hours in advance or Get to know the cancellation policies well in advance and give as much notice as you can if you want to change your bookings.


Many people forget after taking massage that still they are in spa. Keep noise to a minimum in post treatment and spa areas.