Spa Tips for Men
This is the time of year when women traditionally buy spa gift cards for the men in their lives. For men who have never even seen the inside of a spa, using those cards can turn out to either be a satisfying experience they want to repeat — or one that ends with the statement: “Never again!”
One of my family members had a “Never again!” experience. Why? Because he used his gift card for a massage that turned out to be so painful that he was feeling miserable for a day or two later. “But why didn’t you speak up?” I asked. “Why didn’t you tell the therapist that he was working “too deep” for comfort?” Here, my relative looked sheepish. “I thought that’s how it was supposed to be,” he said.
So tip number one, and perhaps the most important, is to speak up if any part of a treatment is painful or uncomfortable. Of course, in this instance, the esthetician was clearly at fault for not asking — as all the good ones do — “Is this comfortable? Too deep? Too soft?” And then adding, “Let me know if anything is uncomfortable.”
Arrive early. Most spas have steam rooms, saunas, workout facilities, etc., so it’s a shame not to take full advantage of the facilities. Also allow time to shower and relax before your treatment.
Turn off your phone and/or other electronic devices. This should be obvious, but some people forget they are coming to a place of relaxation.
Tell your esthetician about any medical condition you may have. All good spas give clients a form to fill out, so be frank about any allergies, medications that affect your skin, torn ligaments — in short anything that may affect your ability to have a positive spa experience. Your esthetician can customize your massage, facial or other treatment to your individual needs.
Shave before a facial. A smooth face allows the therapist to treat razor burn, ingrown hairs, or neck irritation.
Shower before a massage. For obvious reasons. You don’t want your therapist to be holding his/her nose instead of using both hands to give you the best possible treatment.
Underwear — yes or no? If you feel “funny” about stripping down completely for a massage, keep your shorts or boxers on.
Don’t forget to tip your therapist. The “norm” is between 15-20%.
Don’t work out after your massage. You’ve spent time and money to relax your muscles. Why tense them up again? If you’re at a full-service spa, use the fitness facilities before your treatment.