Monday, October 20, 2008

Bewildering Spa Moments Explained

It's hard to feel completely liberated from stress if you're facing a set of new dilemmas, like whether you're overdressed for your massage or under tipping your therapist. Sidestep these little land mines so that nothing sabotages your spa experience.

Take it all off (or don't)

For massages and body treatments, ideally you disrobe completely (that means underwear too). Know that you'll never be completely exposed; spa therapists are well-trained in the art of draping, so they'll uncover only the areas that they're working on. If you’re still uncomfortable, try a Thai massage or shiatsu, for which you wear your own loose-fitting clothing.

And don't be afraid to ask for a same sex therapist when you make the appointment if that makes you feel more at ease.

For a facial, take off your bra, (or at least the lower straps) before you slip into a robe so it doesn’t interfere with the neck and shoulder massage.

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