If you’ve never had a spa massage before, it might be unnerving. Here’s a list of useful hints to help you get the most out of your soothing spa massage.
Before you get to the treatment
First of all, getting to your appointment in time is really important; if you’re late it means that you’re cutting into your massage time. Also, if you arrive a bit early, you can check out other spa facilities such as the sauna or jacuzzi. Premium spas like Extra Hour Spa offer salt rooms and steam rooms as well. If you prefer a male or female therapist you can request one before your treatment; therapists have really tight schedules so if you arrive early, it’s more likely that your request will be met. It is best to avoid any alcoholic beverages or heavy meals before your treatment and go to the loo before you get on the massage table. If you’re not comfortable being completely naked, relax; you can take clothes or ask for disposable underwear.
During the treatment
If you feel cold or chilly during your treatment, you can ask for an extra warm towel to keep you cozy. Most massage spas in Dubai have heated tables to just let your therapist know if you have any discomfort. Spa therapists are highly trained to meet all your needs and have really seen it all. So if you feel awkward feel free to break the ice and engage in light conversation with them. If you don’t feel like chatting, don’t worry; they won’t try to initiate a conversation with you so drift off to sleep if you like. The main purpose of this is to help you relax and rejuvenate your soul. If the music or the air conditioning bothers you, let your therapist know before their hands are covered in oils if you can!
After the treatment
You do not want to rush into something hectic right after a spa treatment. Luxury spas offer comforting rooms where you can relax a bit, shuffle through magazines and sip soothing herbal tea. So make sure you leave room for some relaxing me-time for the rest of the day as well. If you look at it from a more practical angle, the oils might make your hair and skin a bit greasy and therapists recommend leaving the oils to soak up rather than washing it off for maximum benefit.