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Health Tips: What to Look for in a Spa Mini-Vacation

separator Late winter can be gray and dreary. We’re ready for spring, for something different and new. We need a vacation! But since a real vacation isn’t always possible, think about a spa weekend. Or even a spa day. A change of pace can recharge your batteries and help you remember that life isn’t always about the cold, the damp and the same old grind.  Here are some things to look for to find a spa that suits your needs. 

Before you choose a spa, take a tour. Check for sanitation, atmosphere and safety. For example:

  • Look at the drains and floors in wet rooms and showers. Everything should look spotless.
  • Make sure implements are cleaned after each use.
  • Ask how the spa sanitizes equipment and hydrotherapy tubs.
  • Make sure there’s no “double dipping.” This term refers to a staff member taking a product out of a container with an implement, applying the product to the client and then putting the same implement back in the container. New implements should be used for each application.
  • Are towels and wraps sanitized after each use?
  • Observe the way the staff treats clients. Are they respectful? Do they leave clients unattended for long periods of time? Do they explain what they’re going to be doing? In general, do they make clients feel comfortable? Do they make you feel comfortable while you’re on the tour?

When you make your appointment, be sure to talk about your expectations for your experience. Make sure the spa offers the services you’re looking for. If you’re looking for a certain type of massage, for example, ask whether you’ll be able to get it.

Remember that the whole point of spending time at a spa is to relax. The environment should seem soothing, calm and professional.

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