With spas on every block, it can be hard to find one that's top-notch. So below, we've outlined some of the consistently rated #1 spas in the US.
If you do your research, saving money on a spa trip is easy. Here are a few of our favorite budget-bulging tips.
1. Go off-day/off-season. If you venture to a spa during the week or in the winter, you'll save mega-moola.
2. Go for a packaged deal. Spa-ing can be a fun solo activity, but by bringing your girlfriends along, you may get a better deal.
3. Be a frequent spa-er. To lure customers back, most spas have started to create frequent spa-er programs where you can earn credits (or dollars) toward a free treatment.
4. Use your email. Spas will usually email updates with current deals or discounts. Submit your email address and you may just find the deal you've been looking for.
5. Go for it all. If you buy 10 massages instead of one, you may save hundreds of dollars.
6. Let students learn. Sometimes you can save money by asking students, under the tutelage of their teacher, to give you a massage or manicure (instead of the most experienced esthetician).
There are a few rules any posh person should follow when they're at the spa. Here are a few of them.
Instead of wandering into the men's change-room (by accident, of course!) or acting awkwardly when the masseuse touches you in a certain place, ask questions about the spa itself and the services you've signed-up for.
If you're getting a massage, body wrap or even a skin treatment, eating too much before you go could cause bloating and discomfort. The rule of thumb? Eat at least two hours before you're scheduled for a treatment.
Especially when you're getting a massage, speak-up if something is bothering you or if something feels "too close for comfort." It's also important to say something if you feel pain (massages can seriously injure you if you're not careful).
If you're going to be hopping in and out of saunas and steam baths, or are being treated with a wrap, don't shave the day before you go (it will make your skin extra sensitive).
The spa is supposed to be relaxing, so loud talking is frowned upon. So are cellphones. Leave them and your boisterous attitude in the locker-room.
A spa is a place to focus on yourself and to energize your body. Instead of looking at what others are doing, or worrying about how you feel in your bathing suit, let yourself relax and enjoy the time you have off. It's worth it.
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