So you’ve decided to get a massage. You arrive at the spa full of excitement and expectation. At this point many people feel some trepidation that they may not enjoy themselves, that they’ve wasted their money or that they don’t know what to expect from the experience. Fear no more! Camelot Spa THE IVY will educate you and provide 6 easy tips and tricks to ensure you get the best out of your massage.

Do Your Homework

The work begins before you even leave the comfort of your home. Start by researching spas in the area and pay especially close attention to their reviews. Look at a variety of sources, Google, Facebook and HelloPeter. Look specifically for reviews and comments related to massage. Arming yourself with this information, choose a well-reviewed spa where there have been a few comments praising the massages specifically.

Ask For The Right Person

Now that you have chosen the spa, give them a call to make your appointment. When calling through to your spa of choice, don’t be shy to ask the receptionist which massage is the most popular choice before making a decision. Your next step is to request the name of the therapist who gives the best massages. Ensure that you book with this therapist. At Camelot Spa THE IVY, our most popular massage is our signature Camelot Universal Massage

Plan Your Visit

Don’t forget to give the receptionist arranging your booking as much information as possible; if there are special touches you would like or you want the day to run a certain way, let the spa know so that they can help your experience be exactly what you want it to be.  Ask what facilities the spa has and familiarize yourself with the spa’s policies on these facilities as well as arrival time and cancellations. Many spas require you to arrive a few minutes early to fill out a consultation card and some spas may only allow use of the facilities before/after treatments. By arming yourself with information, you can ensure that you get the full spa experience. At Camelot Spa THE IVY we always have a friendly staff member ready to take your call and walk you through the booking process.

Arrive on Time

The big day is here and you’re excited for some relaxation time. Just 5 more minutes in bed and you’ll get up and be on your way. Oops! You’ve overslept and now you’re running late for your appointment! While spas do generally understand that these things happen and people will be late from time to time, it often makes it impossible to provide the amazing experience you were looking forward to. By arriving 15 mins before your treatment begins, you give yourself the chance to enjoy the ambiance of the spa, partake in some tasty snacks and even enjoy some lovely spa facilities. This lets you start the experience with a relaxed state of mind and reap the full benefits of the treatment. If you do run late, also remember to call the spa and let them know. They may be able to move your appointment time so that you don’t have to rush. At Camelot Spa THE IVY, we have wonderful facilities that include a steam room an outdoor pool and a beautiful Reuben’s Restaurant on site.

Speak Up

You’ve arrived early, filled in your forms, enjoyed some spa facilities and finally it is time for the main event to begin! You are led to the treatment room and told to take off your gown and lie down on the massage bed. Whether you’ve had a massage before and know what to expect or not, it is important at this point to take charge of your comfort. The therapists will ask you about the temperature of the room, the pressure you prefer and the areas you would like to be concentrated on; answering them honestly is the first step to getting the best out of your massage. The second step is to speak up when you feel uncomfortable or if the therapist can enhance the experience in anyway. If you feel the light is too bright, you would like more pillows or the pressure is too hard/soft, tell the therapist immediately. The main reason people do not get the most out of their massage is that they are too shy to tell the therapists their preferences.

Give Feedback

Now the treatment is done, you’ve drunk your water and changed back into your clothes and it’s time to pay. The last step to ensuring that you get the most out of your massage every time is to give feedback. If the treatment was not to your liking, why and how could it have been done better? If you loved the treatment, what did you love about it? By providing feedback, the spa can continue doing what you liked and improve on what you didn’t. If you didn’t like your experience, most spas will be grateful for the feedback and often try to make it up to you with a discount or a free do-over of the treatment to give you the experience you were expecting.