Spa Etiquette

When people talk about spa etiquette they often mean what to wear, what to tip and suchlike. I mean something much more basic; spa manners.

What to wear varies between spas – in Europe it can be considered unhygienic to wear swimming costumes in steam rooms etc. but do not jump to conclusions, most spas in Europe will ask you to keep them on thank you very much. However some basic rules are often unread and so I thought I'd write down what I feel is good manners in any spa.

The key is to treat others as you would like to be treated. We've all got the giggles in the spa, or maybe hogged the facilities at times, but above all it's important to think about whether your actions are bothering others. I think when I went naked in The Sanctuary Covent Garden it bothered a few people, so I might think twice about doing it next time.

It's important to remember that whenever it's a steam room in your gym or an exclusive beach spa people come here to relax and let go, to get away from the day to day. So do not bother them with your annoying problems. If you are chatting to a friend (in hushed tones of course) consider whether it's appropriate to be dragging your problems at work or in a relationship into this supposedly restful space. Take your cue from other people, if their eyes are closed be very quiet. Many spas, especially hotel spas also have restaurants and bars if you want to break out and have a good old natter. Also be aware that you may be bothering people you can not see. Spa planning is not always perfect and your fun Jacuzzi may be right benefit a treatment room where someone is paying a lot of money for relaxation.

If you are in a relaxation room then absolute silence may be the thing. If you have to talk at all use your “spa voice”; you know, the one all the masseurs use.

To deal with a noisy person or group there are a few options. I tend to go for “Excuse me, would you mind keeping it down, I'm trying to relax.” Sadly it often makes me more stressed than just ignoring it or moving on. The other alternative is to ask spa personnel to deal with it, but unfortunately many seem a bit confused when asked to intervene (like my masseuse in Tuscany who was not prepared to shush a noisy group during my massage).

Of course another alternative is to bring your noise – you can always check whether spas are happy for you to bring in your own iPod or sound system, use a good pair of noise cancelling headphones and you will not bother anyone else and may find the serenity you seek.

If you are using a music player double check it is not bothering anyone. Do I have to add that mobile phones, laptops and loudly rustling newspapers are also potential hazards? It's not just about the noise, if other people are trying to relax and you are trying to work then just take your work vibe somewhere else.

Recently I had a great massage in a spa / hair salon, unfortunately the salon staff were the main culprits in the noise department. Banging doors, chatting in the adjoining room and generally being inconsiderate (at one point there was even a barking dog, which just made me laugh). Most of all felt sorry for the masseuse who was working so hard to give me a relaxing treatment and I was sorry to leave her at the end looking sadly defeated.

Please respect hygiene rules, such as showering before getting into spa pools, and if you've had a massage and want to use the facilities again make sure you wash off any treatment oils (although it is a waste). Also, if you are in the habit of wearing perfume or aftershave, make sure you wash that off too before getting in the pool. If you've ever gotten into the pool when someone's perfume is lying on the top and you come out feeling drenched in it then you know what I'm talking about.

Do not save loungers. This is not something that I've experienced worldwide – just in England. For some reason people seem to think it's acceptable to save a space by dumping their towel or, still still, laying their damp towel on a lounger to save it and make it uncomfortable at the same time. The Sanctuary Covent Garden has a strict and well signposted policy of not allowing guests to save seats in the Koi Carp Lounge (or any lounge) because otherwise not everyone would get a go. Once you get your spot here you are welcome to lounge for an hour or as long as you want, but once you move, you move on.

If you are faced with a row of saved loungers, or even the odd free seat and you want to sit together there are a couple of ways to handle it. You can just move the towels yourself. I have no problem doing this and am quite happy to say “I think you forgot your towel” in the same way that I may approach someone who has intentionally littered and say “I think you dropped something”. Alternately you can ask a staff member if they would mind clearing up the towels – particularly if they belong to the spa, as sometimes people do leave towels on a lounger and then forget about them or leave the spa (very inconsiderate!) Loungers and chairs are for using, not for saving. Can you tell that I really can not stand this? Especially when I walk into a spa or pool area and every single lounger has a towel draped over it and not one person relaxing. Yes, you can leave your things where they are if you are visiting the toilet or getting a magazine, but not if you are going for a two hour lunch in the hotel restaurant.

Do not pinch anyone's towel … ever. (I'm only saying this because someone pinched mine once.) If you lose your towel or it gets really wet, ask for a new one. Even if your spa visit includes the use of one towel most establishments are relaxed about letting you have another one if you need it without charging extra.

Okay, one last thing, if you are a smoker then make sure that you are not offending other spa users. There may be outside spaces; gardens, parks in the spa or as part of the hotel, this does not mean it is necessarily okay to smoke there. Even if there are no actual rules or signs, if there are other people who may be bothered by your smoke take it elsewhere. You may feel that once you've finished your cigarette it does not bother anyone else, but anyone who has just paid for an aromatherapy massage may not agree. If you must smoke consider popping back into the shower to freshen up before you rejoin other spa goers.

Heaven, as they say, is the same as hell – it is “other people”. Kind and friendly people, even if they can be a little noisy at times, have made some of my spa visits, and I know that I should try harder to let go of my spa niggles. I know at times I've been the one one, or at least with the noisy group. So I suppose the golden rule of spa etiquette for all of us really should be relax and let go, whether it's of the day to day, losing your towel, the loungers, the bad habits, and to let go of the little annoyances when they do crop up.

Oh and as for tipping, if in doubt you can always ask what the standard is when you book, or even when you leave, most receptionists are happy to help.

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Top 5 Ways to Remove Age Spots

You may think that age is catching up on you when age spots become increasingly visible, but worry not! Contrary to popular beliefs (and its name), age spots are actually hyper-pigmented skin cells left behind by the merciless UV rays we are exposed to everyday. Therefore a more appropriate name for these spots would be “sun spots”. These spots are usually harmless but at the same time unsightly, here are some possible ways to remove age spots.

1. Laser Treatment

With the ever-advancing technology today, laser treatments can remove almost anything, including unsightly age spots. On an average, age spot removal by laser treatments should take about 2 or more sessions to disappear entirely. Such treatment is generally permanent, however it will not prevent new spots from appearing.

2. Arbutin Creams

Alternately, a cheaper method would be to apply creams that contain Arbutin, a natural ingredient that can help lighten dark or injured skin cells. This is possible because Arbutin is an organic ingredient that stops the clustering of epidermal melanin, the main culprit for the formation of the unsightly age spots. Without these unwanted pigments, spots will fade away!

3. Lightening Creams

Much like the Arbutin creams mentioned above, lightening creams can aid in these spots removal. Lightening agents can help fade age spots, however when you are choosing to purchase these creams, do keep away from products that contain this particular harmful ingredient, hydroquinone. This organic compound has been suspected of causing cancer.

4. Castor Oils

This removal method has been said to work marvels, as castor oil is an excellent antioxidant. Its ability to permeate deep into the skin cells not only moisturizes the skin, it also enhances blood circulation which in turns injects more oxygen and nutrients, giving your skin the perfect glow as well as restoring your skin back to its glory days.

5. Soy

The proteins from this organic plant contain a particular enzyme that prevails the activation of a pathway essential for the transfer of melanin. By obstructive this path, the amount of melanin reduces and results in the fading of spots, and because this is an organic ingredient, there are minimal adverse effects.

Finally, as the saying goes “prevention is better than cure”, we should take better care of our skins. Since these spots are caused by the harmful UV rays from the sun, we should avoid exposure to the sun as much as possible. If staying away from the sun does not work for you, try applying sunscreen or sun block diligently to keep the UV rays out!

It is also important to check with your dermatologists before adopting these removal methods, in case of allergies!

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Spa Gift Certificates Are Not Just for Christmas

When most people think of spa gift certificates, they think of the typical occasions: Christmas, Birthdays, and Valentine's Day. However, there are many more occasions where the gift of relaxation and pampering would be appreciated.

  1. Baby Showers – How many blankets can one mother use? What she really needs is an hour or so to herself. Remember, after the baby is born, sleep is a rarity. Her eyes will light up when she gets it and when she redeems it.
  2. Bridal Showers – Being a bride is expensive and stressful. Since most brides consider a fresh manicure and pedicure a wedding necessity, why not a gift certificate for her shower? Of course, she would also appreciate a facial or a massage as well. The sky is the limit when it comes to the bride.
  3. Bridal Party Gifts – As a bridesmaid or groomsman, how many pieces of jewelry or engraved flasks can you use? Why not give your bridal party the gift of relaxation? After all, they are probably under almost as much stress as the happy couple.
  4. Sweet Sixteen or Bar / Bat Mitzvah – These days teens are much more sophisticated and they are very conscious of their appearance. A teen facial gift certificate will help them learn how to care for their skin, prevent skin damage and premature aging as well as keeping acne and blackheads at bay. And for the young women, a certificate for a makeup application / lesson will help ensure her application is age appropriate. After all, she may not listen to a parent, but she may listen to a professional.
  5. Mothers' Day – Whether she is your mom or the mother of your kids, she works hard and deserves to be pampered. Enough of the same old flowers. Give the moms in your life the gift of someone else taking care of her for a change.
  6. Pathers' Day – Hey, do not forget about Dad! Mother's tend to get enriched more than fathers, but Dads work hard and need a break as well. Treating the Dad in your life to a massage will show him that you know how hard he works and that he is appreciated.
  7. Graduation – Graduates have worked hard to get their diploma and are either moving on to the next educational level or looking for a job. Either way, the graduates in your life could use relaxation, a manicure, or a make-up session to show them at their best as they prepare for the future.
  8. Wedding Anniversaries – Couples who are celebrating momentous anniversaries would enjoy a couple's massage. Many spas will treat these couples with a little extra if they know why the certificate was purchased; sometimes a glass of champagne and some chocolates after their services would be in order.
  9. Retirement – After working the past 40 plus years, do not you think a luxurious spa treatment would be in order? Now that the retiree has nothing but time, treating him or her to a massage or facial might just be what is needed to get into permanent vacation mode.
  10. Boss' Day or Administrative Assistant's Day – Flowers, last year; lunch, the year before; candy, year before that. Let that spa gift certificate be your go to gift this year and for years to come. With multiple services available, you can give a different gift every year and it will take you awhile to run out!

I hope these ideas get you thinking. A spa gift certificate is easy, a great value, and is always welcome. Remember, it is a gift that will keep you in their thoughts for a long time. Keep in mind that you can often purchase these without leaving your home. Most spas offer instant gift certificates on their websites so you can print and have it ready at your convenience.

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A 21st Century College Student Needs a Filtered Water Bottle

When you send your teen off to college, the list of items he or she needs to take to furnish their dorm room can be staggering. Unlike the good-old-days when kids headed for college with a suitcase, today's student needs more than just clothes. He needs all the technological gadgets he's come to depend on, a flat-screen TV, a loft bed and other furniture, a microwave, and other things he just can not live without. One item that most college-bound students do not stop and think about is taking a portable water filter cup. With the cost of bottled water and the aspersion being cast relating to the cleanliness of municipal water, it's the only feasible alternative.

Kids today drink a lot more water than previous generations did. That's because they were raised knowing the health benefits of drinking substantial amounts of H2O. We used to absorb that wherever we went the water would be clean; however, since that is not the case any longer, it's better to be safe than sorry. Even after municipal water treatment, a variety of contaminants can remain in the water. These include dangerous bacteria, parasites, mercury, pestisides, nitrates, rust, herbicides, cysts, and lead. Not every water system is going to contain all of these elements, but without a lot of research, there's no way to know the problems with the water in the area the college is in.

When you go out to look at water filters, you'll find a lot of different types of devices. If you've scoped out what your teen's dorm room is going to be like, for instance, during orientation, then you probably already know that he or she is going to be living in a very small space and will likely be co-habitating with at least one other person. Space in most dorm rooms is at a premium, so you do not want to buy a large system for producing clean water. What you want is something small and lightweight enough for your student to carry in a backpack. Most likely the best option will be to buy a filtered drinking cup or sports bottle.

Do not just go buy any cheap model off the shelf. Cheap filters will not filter out all of the dangerous components in the water, and their filters will need to be changed often. Instead, invest in something that is going to be more durable and need less upkeep. You know most kids! They are not the most organized people in the world, so making their drinking system as simple as possible is always a good plan. An easy device with a gravity-fed filtering system will take care of the pollutants and give you some peace of mind.

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Have You Ever Dropped A Soap Bar In The Shower?

Every morning hundreds of millions of individuals wake up and enter the most dangerous room in the house as part of their morning routine. Home safety statistics tell us the bathroom causes an estimated 250,000 accidents and 1 death every day per year. Showers and baths are particularly difficult and dangerous to individuals with various physical challenges, ie heavy people, pregnant women, the disabled, blind, partly blind, amputees, children and those most affected, senior citizens.

For older adults, losing the ability to bathe is associated with having falls, breaking bones, and even being admitted to a nursing home. It is important that steps are taken to prevent bathing accidents, before they occur.

A significant part of this problem is the soap bar slipping from a persons hand when taking a shower. They then have to stop washing, bend down if you can in such a limited space, pick it up and hope while trying to stand without slipping they do not loose it again!

There are a number of ways to reduce this risk.
• Glass shower doors, can be very decorative but they are flimsy. Senior citizens, often mistakenly hold on to these for support. Use shower curtains instead which can never be mistaken for anything else and provides more room to maneuver in shower enclosure.

• Discard all unsafe shower / bathtub features. People usually use grab-bars, if they are installed otherwise they clutch anything that is available. This could be soap dishes, towel bars, fixtures which usually will not have the stability needed to provide enough support unless they are bolted into the wall.

• At the very least you should determine if anything that is “grabable” in the area is also weight-bearing. Another important subject is the need to educate all users about bathroom safety.

• Always keep the floor dry to prevent slips and / or falls. Place non-slip mats, strategically on the floor and install non-slip strips on the bathtub floor.

• Secure handrails, are essential in bathrooms, as they allow family members extra security for getting into and out of the shower, tub, and off the toilet.

• Any individual with physical, age or mental limitations should never lock the bathroom door as this may impede help getting to them. It is easy to hang a sign outside the door when the bathroom is occupied.

• Never use instant safety grips with suction handles. Even when you believe it is secure, over time it releases itself. This safety handle would be great if it worked but it does not work on tile because the groves between the tiles make the seal ineffective. On flat surfaces the shower steam causes the seal to release.

• Studies reveal, most seniors, have problems getting in or out of a bathtub or shower. With age, people loose their fluidity of movement that affects them in everyday tasks like taking a bath. When possible install very well-built handgrips immediately by bath and / or shower entrance.

• You should also investigate ways to minimize the possibility of anyone letting the soap slip from their hand. There are currently various items on the market which do this very effectively and very inexpensively.

Showers and baths are a wonderful experience, providing a relaxing, luxurious, cleansing, healthy, refreshing and sometimes even a few sensuous moments, enjoy it in the best of health and safety.

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Benefits of Using Day Spas

There are several ways to rejuvenate your mind body and soul, and one such method is by regularly visiting Medical Spa Centers. Why am I stressing more on the word “medical”, rather than just “day spas”? This is medical day spas employ the best practices of hygiene, whereas typical ones do not provide exclusive services when it comes to cleanliness.

The way we are spending our lives today, it is the right time to get relaxed. Get your mind a great treat at day spas after getting home from tiring work schedule. It would ensure that your mind, body and soul get relaxed and harmonized. When all of your body parts are working in harmony, you would eventually become an efficient person.

Beautification and relaxation go hand in hand at numerous spas. You should be able to find a comfortable place where you can discuss about your concerns, issues problems with a good therapist. A trained therapist understands the client's unique nature and works accordingly to solve the problem. The main purpose of a day spa is not just to provide with sensual massages, but also with a contended feeling when the client leaves the promises. Here is a list of some of the most typical services that you can expect:

Body massages

Providing massages is the main purpose of any spa. These massages combine several proven methods to rejuvenate the mind, body and soul. Some well known massages are as follows:

1. Swedish massage

2. hot stone massage

3. Sports massage

4. Deep tissue massage

Every massage is used according to the situation the client is confronted with.

Facial Treatments

Get your face cleansed professionally by expert therapists at day spas. Facial treatments provide great advantage to improve blood flow, which helps to provide fresh look to your face. Whether you have dry or oily skin, facial treatments ideally provide you with the best possible solutions. You can even opt for medical facial treatments to get rid of acne off your face.

Manicure

Having neat & clean nails often demand regular maintenance. Expert therapists clean your nails and leave you with a relaxed feeling to make your hands look visually more appealing than before.

If you want to get rid of tensions, it is in the best of your interests to opt for the services of professional medical day spas. If you get in touch with a reliable day spa, you would be able to discover many more features than the ones described in this article.

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A Pedicure Spa Provides Luxurious Experience

A pedicure spa provides a luxurious experience for people who need to wind down from stressful times or for those just looking for a quick pick-me-up. Feet take a great deal of punishment and tend to be neglected, particularly during the winter months. A foot bath, massage, nail treatment and nail polish will relax patients' worries away and will provide them with beautiful and healthy feet.

The experience begins with a warm foot bath. Clients recline in their seats as their feet soak in warm water that is sometimes filled with aromatherapy oil. Some spas place pebbles or stones at the bottom of the bath for clients to run their feet over for massaging action. Some baths are electric, which means that water is swirled around the feet and aerated, which helps to increase circulation.

After soaking the feet, technicians provide a calming foot massage. Using a fragrant lotion or oil, technicians massage both the feet and the lower legs to help ease tensions and promote a state of relaxation. Reflexologists believe that a full service foot massage will release any energy blockages that keep energy from circulating through the body.

After massaging the feet, the pedicure technician will file away dead skin using a foot file. The foot file works to remove thickened skin and calls on the heels, toes and balls of the feet. After treatment with a foot file, the feet will feel touchable and soft, and all of the rough, peeling skin will disappear.

Technicians move on to the nails after taking care of the skin. Using a sandalwood stick or a metal cuticle pusher, pedicure technicians will push back the transparent cuticle and clean benefit the edge. Then, technicians file the toenails, using an emery board to file them straight across and rounding the corners slightly to follow the contour of the foot.

Most pedicures end with a coat of toenail polish. Clients can choose a color that expresses their personal style or choose a French manicure for more unique look. After applying a few coats of color, the technician will apply a top coat and allow the client to sit and relax while the polish dries. When the process is complete, clients will have fabulous feet that will look great in a pair of sandals.

Some pedicures take place in nail salons, while a full-service spa may offer not only nail treatments but also massages, facials and body wraps. Clients should make sure that their technicians are licensed before making an appointment. Clients should also keep an eye on equipment to make sure that metal tools are sterilized and disposable equipment is not reused.

Having a treatment at a pedicure spa is the perfect way to wind up a punishing week at work or a stressful period in a client's life. In addition to the relaxation benefits, clients will enjoy the feeling of having attractive, well-groomed feet. To find a facility, clients may check online or look in their local telephone directory. An investment in a pedicure is an investment in well-being.

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Staying Healthy With A Visit To A Pedicure Spa

The benefits of visiting a pedicure spa are vast. It can help to relax and ease tensions from stress in the work or home environment, as well as improve the overall health and hygiene of the feet. By making an appointment at one of these locations, the individual takes a step towards improving their health and lower their stress levels through the use of gentle massage and hot water techniques.

Spas for the feet are present in almost every location, and are used to cleanse and relax the feet. These are small tubs that are designed to hold both feet at the same time, or just one. The other foot is often in the process of being examined by the pedicurist, who then files or massages it. Patients can sit back and relax in the water for a while without interruption, or have their toes painted or cleaned.

Before placing both feet in the spa, most pedicurists will clean them and file the nails so that they are even. A short foot massage will also help to relax the customer and ease any tense muscles from walking or working outside. These individuals can also help with treatment of any rough surfaces on the foot or fungus issues that arise.

Pedicure chairs are often expensive items that locations must buy in order to operate successfully. Despite this, the investment is oftentimes worthwhile, as new customers mean more profit for the company. Chairs come in a variety of brands and styles to suit the needs of every company, and some come with higher-end features for those wiling to spend a little more on them.

Various chairs can have extra features such as LED lighting, or mood lighting, that changes color by itself or to the whim of the patient. Power reclining makes laying back as simple as touching a button. This benefits the relaxation experience for the patient and makes them feel more at ease.

Some foot spas can have a number of water functions, such as warm water jets or vibrating massage, enabling the pedicurist a chance to take a break while the machine does all the work for them. The average filling capacity of these tubs is around four gallons, though some models can hold more, or even less.

Electricically operated massage chairs will come with a variety of functions not seen in other models. They are capable of detecting various areas of the back and neck that are tense or otherwise stiff and contracted due to stress or nervousness. The computer then proceeded to apply direct pressure to these areas in order to loosen any muscle knots and tensions.

These chairs can also adjust themselves to align perfectly with the customer, eliminating any physical need to adjust the chair with a pull bar or button, as well as continuously adjusting as movement is made upon the seat. This enables patients to sit in a variety of positions in relative comfort, and not be penalized with the restrictions that other chairs may have in this functionality.

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5 Tips for Choosing a Day Spa

Before scheduling your Spa Treatment, you should do your homework. Yes, the spa may look good on the internet or in that print ad, but is what you see? In this economy, we want to make sure we are receiving what we pay for. These five tips are extremely important to your satisfaction. It is important that you take the time to learn about your spa. Buyer beware …

1. Are Licenses Valid? – In most states, there are several different licenses that must be prominently displayed in any business. There should be, at the very least, a state business license. Local towns typically require a business license as well. Most importantly, in the spa and salon industry, the state requires an active license from the Board of Cosmetology. If the spa is open without any mandatory license, they are open illegally and not being watched over by various governing bodies, such as the Board of Health. Finally, there should be a valid license for each technician or therapist from the Board of Cosmetology. Do not see these things? Ask to. If none are produced, find another spa.

2. Ask for a Tour – Make sure the rooms are clean. Ask to meet some of the technicians. In the spa business, cleanliness is critical and a spa could be shut down if not clean. When looking at the interior and nail rooms, make sure that there is at least a jar of Barbicide solution or an autoclave for cleaning brushes and implements. Check for cobwebs and look for overloaded trash containers.

3. It's a Small World – In the spa and salon industries, particularly in small towns, technicians know each other. They have either worked together or know what is going on through the grapevine. Ask about the spa owners and technicians to learn about their reputation in the industry. Also, check with your Better Business Bureau or local Chamber of Commerce to see which spas they recommend. Finally, ask your friends if they have been there or where they go. Word of mouth referrals are the best way to ensure quality.

4. Watch For Employee Turnover – Did the spa you are considering just lose six staff members? Believe me, technicians and receptionists do not leave en-masse for “another opportunity”; something is definitely wrong at that spa.

5. If it Seems Too Good to be True … – It is not unusual for spas to offer specials and deals. However, if the deals are unbelievable, do not believe them! There is usually a reason a spa is offering a discount and free services to purchase a series of treatments. This may mean that the spa can not meet their payroll or bills and needs a cash infusion. What happens to your “deal” if the spa goes out of business? This might also be a means to keep staff from leaving so as not to disappoint their loyal customers. Either way, why would you want to give someone your money for treatments that could take months for you to use? Please do not confuse this with a spa “series” such as a facial series that is only beneficial if you come in every few weeks to gain maximum results. These are typically legitimate, but ask if you can pay as you go. You might not receive a discount, but you will have peace of mind

These are just a few of the things to watch out for. Stay tuned for more things to look for before booking your next spa visit. Also, if you are looking for a job in a spa, this list is important to you and your reputation as well.

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How Your Spa Towels Can Make or Break You

There are several ways in which your spa can get publicity. While your therapies and therapists are what will matter the most, everything that your clients look at, touch and experience will count. This is why everything that you plan for must be done very carefully, and you should have a good idea and concept in mind.

To begin with, it is imperative that your spa has a theme, a feel and a thread that binds all elements of the spa together. Get your designs, colors and patterns to match and have a thought behind it. What is more important is that you ensure that your spa towels and other amenities also match.

Getting spa towels that speak well of you can be a great step in enjoying the goodwill and positive experiences of your customers. There are two ways that this can be accomplished. While the first is by ensuring that they look comfortable and welcoming, and the second, more important, is by looking for towels of good quality that last well through repeated washes.

While a simple towel can go a long way in preventing you positive word of mouth, it can also do you a lot of damage. While you may take your towels very lightly, they can actually be creating a lasting impression in the mind of your customers, one that can not easily be undone.

There are some simple flaws that can be spotted in your spa towels. The most obvious of them is spa towels which are badly discolored or stained. It is not easy to avoid this problem. With repeated use and washing, spa towels are bound to lose their crispness, shine and newness. The use of good bleaches and detergents is not always enough to salvage them.

Another problem with frequent use of spa towels is that they lose their softness and start to harden. It is also common to find towels that fray. There is little you can do to prevent this problem, and the only option is to get rid of them.

You will find that with overuse, towels start to smell moldy and moist. While you can try and hang them out in the sun, the smell of old towels is hard to remove.

While utmost care for towels is mandatory, you should also ensure that you discard your spa towels regularly and keep new ones in stock. It will help maintain the look and hygiene of your spa, and also keep the compliments coming in.

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Increase Salon Customer Satisfaction With A Quality Pedicure Chair

If you are the manager of a salon, choosing a great pedicure chair for your customers to use would be an effective way of drumming up business. Everyone loves to be pampered, the popularity of pedicures has risen significantly over the last decade. Today it is men as well as women who frequent spas and salons with the sole aim of undergoing this type of procedure.

When shopping for a new pedicure chair, there are numerous considerations you should look into before shortlisting suitable options. If you are not sure as to were to begin, the following tips should help you to identify a model that meets your requirements and budget perfectly.

First of all you will need to determine a price range. Quality salon chairs do not have to be expensive, though they often are. Think about how much you would be willing to spend, bearing in mind that this is an item that should help to boost sales and turnover. If you are low on funds, there are used chairs available that can be a great investment.

The material of which various chairs are manufactured from needs to be given a careful analysis. Most spas and salons opt for leather designs as these have a plush feel to them that helps in creating a sense of luxury in the minds of clients. If possible, check out the comfort factor of various chairs in person before coming to a decision as to which to buy. The back support should have sufficient padding to ensure that those listed do not suffer from unnecessary aches and pains.

Do not overlook the importance of stability. Consider that your salon's clients come in all shapes and sizes. To help ensure that the chair you invest in does not result in an injury to a customer or a member of staff, go for a model that has locking wheels and which can not topple over easily.

The chairs arms is also a critical design competent. For a pedicure to be given effectively, the clients hands should be relaxed and at ease. Choose a model of which the arms can be adjusted to fit the person using the chair, you would not want a design that is only suitable for people of a specific build or height.

When checking out businesses that retail pedicure chairs, focus your search on those companies that have a good reputation. Identify which outlets have the broadest selection of products, as well as sales staff who understand your exact needs. If you want to save yourself some money, you may be able to do so by buying directly from a manufacturer. Moreover, choose a company that offers a money back guarantee.

On a final note, carry out research into which chairs have spare parts easily available. If you want to ensure you get the maximum usage out of the pedicure chair you invest in, it is important to know that spare parts are readily available. After all, you would not want to shop for a replacement after only a few years usage.

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Common Types of Spa Treatments

When you plan a trip to a spa, you have a variety of treatments to choose from. Some treatments are more common than others, but all of them are enjoyable when given by a skilled professional. If you have never been to a spa before, the assortment of services available may seem overwhelming. You may not know what each service consists of or how to choose between them. Learning a little more about each type of treatment may help you decide what you will enjoy most.

The most common type of spa treatment is the massage, but there are a variety of massage techniques that may be offered. The most popular type is the Swedish massage, during which the therapist will apply massage oil to your skin in long, smooth strokes. Often, the massage oils used are scented to incorporate aromatherapy into the massage. Typically, the therapist will start by massaging your back and the back of your legs while you lay face-down on the table. The parts of your body that are not massed are covered by a sheet. When the therapist is finished with your back, he or she will hold the sheet up and look away while you flip over. Once you have turned over, the therapist will massage the front of your legs, your arms and your neck and shoulders. When you get your first massage, you may feel slightly uneasy about being naked. If so, you can opt to leave your underwear on. Other types of massage that may be offered include deep tissue massage, hot stone massage, and shiatsu.

Another popular treatment to enjoy at the spa is a facial. Facials are performed to cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize the skin. The esthetician will begin by cleansing your face with cotton pads or sponges and a product that is appropriate for your skin type. He or she will then apply an exfoliant, and a steam vapor may also be applied at the same time. The esthetician may or may not extract blackheads and whiteheads, depending on whether or not you need it. You will then receive a facial massage, and a facial mask designed for your skin type will be applied. A toner or moisturizer, or both will be applied to complete the facial. Your esthetician may also offer you skin-care advice to follow when you return home.

There are also different types of body treatments you can receive at the spa. The most common is a body scrub or body polish, which includes cleansing, exfoliation and moisturizing for your entire body. Sea salt, oil, and aromatics are applied to your skin to cleanse and exfoliate. You then gently rinse off with or without soap and return to the table. You may choose to receive a body mask or body wrap after the scrub, or you may have a massage. The body mask or wrap may consist of a detoxifying treatment of mud or seaweed. Lotions and creams are used for hydrating treatments.

Other popular options for your trip to the spa include waxing or laser hair removal. Laser hair removal is done to remove facial hair. Waxing may be done to remove hair from various parts of your body, and the Brazilian Wax is the most common. Some locations have also begun offering medical treatments, such as microdermabrasion and Botox injections. No matter which service you choose, you will leave the spa feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.

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Your First Trip to the Spa – What to Do and What to Expect

If you have never been to a spa before, the first time you go can be somewhat disorienting. You may not know how early to come or how to act during a massage. You may also be confused about how much to tip for the services you receive. There are many things that may make a first-timer nervous, which can ruin part of the relaxing experience. If you are worried about how you should be, you may not be able to fully enjoy your massage or facial. It may help you to be better prepared if you know what to expect and what will be expected from you.

At most spas, you should arrive at least ten or fifteen minutes before your scheduled service. This will allow you time to check in and change into your robe. You may want to arrive a little earlier for your first visit, because you will probably have to fill out some paperwork before your treatment. At larger, upscale facilities, arriving early will allow time for paperwork and a tour of the place. You will also want to arrive early if the spa offers amenities that you would like to enjoy before your massage or body treatment. For example, some locations have saunas, steam rooms, and whirlpool baths that can help you feel more relaxed before your treatment begins. No matter what type of treatment you receive, you should also turn off your mobile phone. You will find it difficult to relax if your treatment is interrupted by phone calls or text messages.

One of the largest areas of concern for newcomers is nudity. Most massages are performed while you are nude, and the areas of your body that are not massed are covered with a sheet. You may find this uncomfortable at your first visit, and you have every right to keep your underwear on if you want to. If you are afraid that this will detract from the massage, you can ask for a list of treatments that do not typically require nudity. You can stay comfortable in your robe during a facial or a manicure and avoid the nudity factor alike. You can even get some types of massage, like reflexology, that are performed while you are clothed.

Another possible source of anxiety for your first spa visit is the subject of tipping. You may not know how much to tip or if the tip is included in your bill. Generally, tipping fifteen to twenty percent of your bill is acceptable. Even if you did not fully enjoy a therapist's particular style of massage, you should still tip him or her. Just remember to book an appointment with someone else next time. Some resort, hotel and vacation spas will include a service fee in your bill. In this case, you do not have to tip, but some people still choose to tip extra when they really enjoy their treatment.

During a massage, you can choose whether or not you would like to talk to the therapist. If you prefer to be quiet, your therapist will follow your lead. Through the spa, it is customary to use your “library voice”, or talk quietly. These tips may help you enjoy your first spa trip and avoid any minor embarrassment.

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An Overview Of Salon Styling Chairs

Today's beauty salons often includes a number of types of specialized chairs that customers can use. Salon styling chairs are often designed for different purposes, such as receiving a pedicure, having a facial, or getting a hair cut.

A quality chair would come with various settings to help make the user feel comfortable. Whether you are the owner of a salon or a spa, or are interested in making an appointment at your local establishment to get some well deserved pampering, knowing how the chairs differ and what their main purposes are useful.

The design of the typical salon chair has changed only slightly over the years. Today's versions still predominately utilize foot pedals that are operated to raise and lower the height. The primary design change that has come about is the a modern chair would be slightly smaller and more compact that the previous incarnations.

Although it is possible to have a multipurpose chair, most salons will use different designs for different purposes. For example, in a hairdressers, there would likely be one chair that is used when clients' hair is washed, and another that is meant for the actual cutting or styling process. Each model would come with slightly different features and modeling depending on what it is to be used for.

There are certain dynamics that all salon furnishings should embody. For example, they need to be comfortable for each and every customer, irregardless of their height, weight, or age. Moreover, each chair should be easy to clean, especially if water and other liquids are to be used in close proximacy. It should only take a short amount of time to clean off any unwanted spills from the surface of the chair.

It should be noted that a barber chair and a regular salon chair are not the same product. Although at first glance they may appear similar, there are a few important differences that should be kept in mind, the main one being the angle at which each can be reclined to. A barber's chair can usually tip back further than the other versions.

A good quality chair can last for many years. In fact some salons are still using the designs that they bought more than a decade or more ago. Although they may not be a cheap item, investing in a durable model can help to save money in the long run, and also ensure that customers get the most from the experience of using the establishment. An uncomfortable chair would be counter productive, it may result in a loss of business.

Factors such as the color and appearance of a chair have very little impact, apart from being an aesthetic consideration. Most feature a silver base with leather upholstery. The base may swivel or it could be of a fixed design.

The type of salon styling chairs present in an establishment can give an insight into the prestige and pedigree of the business. They can be effective in creating an ambiance that is conducive to relaxation and quality grooming.

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Spa Resort – Rejuvenate Your Mind, Body And Soul

As I grow older, I am gaining more commitments in my days. Less and less time is available to focus on myself. I suspect that commitments are only going to increase as the years pass. However, it has been said that you can not take care of others unless you are healthy yourself. If you are feeling unhealthy and unrelated to your body, take time off of your regular commitments, like work or school and rejuvenate your mind, body and soul by attending a health spa. In a health spa you are given the time to solely focus on you and create healthy habits over a two-week time span.

Combining the words “fitness” and “spa,” you understand that you are increasing your activity level, but also relaxing with spa treatments such as massage or a manicure. Over fourteen days you are learning new habits, healthy habits. Studies suggest that it takes 21 days to create a permanent habit. By the end of your time spent at a health spa, you are 2/3 of the way to create the healthy habit of exercising. Exercising does not have to always mean going to the gym and completing high-intensity workouts. If you are not used to exercising, gradually begin increasing daily activity levels by walking or hiking through the woods. Yoga is a great way to stretch muscles and start looking healthy. Yoga is low intensity, but connects your mind and body. Soon after, you'll realize how disconnected your system was. Aerobics is always a route to take when wanting to sweat and get a good work out without necessarily having to use weights.

However, exercise alone is not going to help your body get in shape. You must examine your diet as well. Eating whole foods is crucial in your diet. Indulge every once in a while. You do not need to starve yourself nor cut out sweets to lose weight. During time spent at a fitness resort, take advantage of the prearranged exercise and eating regimen available for you to utilize. Use this catalyst when you go back to your hectic life of working and raising kids. Society's demands on women have changed. No longer are we expected to be a housewife and cater to both our wives and children. It has become acceptable to work. Still women lose sight of their needs. Rejuvenate yourself for you. When you feel good about yourself, you are also benefitting those in your immediate life.

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