an abbreviated guide to spa ettiquette
What do I wear?
The robe and slippers we provide are appropriate
spa attire. Simply change, slip your locker
key in your robe pocket, and saunter over
to wait in the retreat area. If you decide
to use your robe pockets as ring, watch,
or necklace storage, please remember to empty
them when you get dressed post pampering.
What do I wear under the robe?
Whatever you want. While most guest wear
'nothing', we've seen some people in the
retreat still sporting their socks, some
with undershirts, and others who can't yet
seem to abandon their pants. Remember: You
are not at the spa to worry about this.
Should I wear underwear during a massage?
Whatever makes you comfortable. You will
be draped with sheets or towels at all times,
but what is most important is your comfort.
If you're shy, you can wear a full body scuba
suit. We wouldn't recommend it (those things
get hot), but it's really up to you.
Do I have to chat with my massage therapist?
Not for one second. Your massage therapist
is a massage therapist, not a speech therapist.
If you feel like chatting, go ahead. If you
don't, mention that you 'really would hate
to miss any part of the massage by engaging
in idle chatter', lie down, and zone out!
Getting a facial?
We recommend consulting with your esthetician
before you begin your treatment, to discuss
your options, new offerings, and what might
best benefit you. Please let her know if
you prefer more massage, if you want your
pores thoroughly purged, or if you really
crave a combination. It's easier for us to
meet your needs if you tell us what you want
from the 'get-go'.
No reckless abandoning occurs here...
Your technician may leave your treatment
room for a few moments (once or twice during
your treatment) either to mix up a mask or
to let you relax. If you get claustrophobic
or nervous when nobody's around, speak up,
so he or she can make the out-of-room mask
What do I do with my cellular telephone during
At spablue we do realize that cellular telephones
are a necessity, but all cellular telephones
must be be turned off or silenced while in
the spa area.
Children in the spa...
Although we love and adore 'future spa-goers',
we cannot allow children in the reception
or spa area due to liability requirements.
Can I bring a friend to share the bliss with
We love to spread our bliss to others; however,
only our guests receiving treatments are
invited in to the spa area and treatment
rooms. But if you want to grab a friend or
two and 'go spa'n' together, then we say
the more the merrier.
PLEASE NOTE: spablue gift cards are not applicable to
private parties. Also, a 20% spa fee will
be charged for all private parties.
I love the robe and slippers...
These items are simply 'on-loan' to you during
your visit to our spa. We do offer our signature
blue robes and slippers (brand spanking new)
in our Spa Shop. Please return your robe
and your slippers when you are finished with
them. We thank you for not thinking that
we have somehow included them in the price
of your treatments.
Should I tip? What's normal?
Leaving gratuities for work well done seems
to be the norm, but of course is optional.
Most tips range from 10%-20% of the price
of the service provided.
All good things must come to an end..
Please note that your spablue certificate
does have an expiration date. Unfortunately,
we are not able to extend any gift card beyond
the date specified on the certificate.
Do I need to make an appointment for spa
Yes, we request that you call at least two
weeks in advance to schedule spa services,
as advance planning ensures the most convenient
Securing your reservation at spablue...
Our time is our trade. As is custom in the
spa industry, we require a valid credit card
number to reserve any spa appointment. However,
if you are one of the fortunate souls who
received a spablue gift card, then you can
reserve your appointment with the gift card
number. So please have your credit card number
or gift card number available for the reservationist
at the time of booking.