what to expect on a spa day

What To Expect On A Spa Day? A Guide For Beginners!

What to expect on a spa day?

Christmas is coming and that means many of you will be getting a spa experience voucher to enjoy these holidays. The only problem? You’ve never been to a spa before! What if you make a fool of yourself in front of other people? Or what if you get the wrong treatment and end up not enjoying the day? No need to panic! IntoTheBlue got you covered. Here is our ultimate spa day guide with all you need to know before and during your spa visit.

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Be sure to arrive with enough time so you can receive everything you need at the reception!

What time should I arrive?

One of the most frequently asked questions and that confuses most people is “when should I be arriving at my spa?”. Although this is something that differs from venue to venue, we recommend you arrive at least 15-20 minutes before your booked appointment. If it’s your first time visiting the spa venue, you’ll probably be asked to fill some paperwork upon arrival, so it’s always a good idea to have some extra time, especially if there are other guests waiting.

What to wear to a spa?

It all depends whether you’re going for a short day visit or you’ll be staying the night. As a rule of thumb, for a short day visit you’ll spend most of the time wearing your robe and swimming suit, except for those treatments that requires you to disrobe. We recommend you bringing a comfortable outfit that doesn’t require too much hassle to take off or put on.

If you’re opting for spending the night at the spa/hotel facilities or if you’ll be enjoying a dinner meal at the restaurant, it is a good idea to bring an outfit that matches the dress code of the establishment. If you’re not too sure about it, a quick call to the reception will dissipate all doubts!

what to expect on a spa day

Nothing like enjoying a delicious meal after a day full of pampering and relax.

Should I bring anything else?

A visit to the spa it’s not all about getting a Swedish massage or a pedicure, there’s also time to spend on the gym facilities, on the hot tub or at the steam sauna. If you’re planning to go for any of these extra activities, it’d be recommendable to bring a gym outfit, comfy trainers and an extra towel (just in case) as well as another extra swimming suit that you change to, so you don’t have to spend the whole time soaking wet in between activities.

Most spas provide you with enough towels, a pair of slippers and a robe at the time of arrival, so you can change your attire before starting your spa routine.

men at the spa

Who said only women go to the spa? Men love to enjoy some quality relaxing time as well.

What can I expect during my spa treatment?

Most spa treatments start with a consultation with your therapist (remember that you can choose between a male or female therapist!) where they’ll explain what the treatment is about, which techniques will be used or if there’s any particular zones you want them to focus on.

Once that’s out of the way, the therapist will take you to the treatment room and will let you know if you need to take off your clothes. No need to panic here, therapists will always respect your privacy and normally wait outside until you’re disrobed and laying down on the table. Besides, they only work on the required zones, the rest of your body will be covered – for most treatments, at least.

what to expect on a spa day

Be sure to make use of the spa’s facilities in between treatments!

Which are the best spa treatments?

The one million pounds question! And a very hard one to answer because it really depends on what you’re looking for on your first spa experience. In general terms, you can choose between massages, facials and body treatments. For massages, the most popular choices are Swedish massage, relaxation massage and deep tissue massage, all of them with different intensity levels. Facials have a really wide range of options, but they all include some exfoliation and cleansing products applied. For body treatments, a body scrub or body wrap seem to be the preferred treatments.

And there you have it, everyone! A complete guide to answer all your “first time spa” questions. All that’s left is putting your comfy clothes on and enjoy one of the best experiences of your life.

Do mobile spas on wheels exist in the UK?

Mobile spas – bringing the world of beauty and holistic treatments to you…but with a difference.

Sure, if you Google ‘mobile spas’ you get lots of websites for therapists who come and set up in your own home. But we’re not talking about that kind of mobile, we want to know if a whole mobile spa room on wheels can come to you?

Mobile spas – big in the US, but what about the UK?

By all accounts, yes it does, but a mobile spa that literally drives to wherever you are is a pretty new concept and there aren’t many of them around in the UK. They have taken off in the USA though, where everything from Airstream caravans doing manicures, to former buses being converted into mobile hairdressers. It’s beauty rooms and treatment spas on the move.

Mobile spas on wheels

Mobile spas on wheels – big in the US, rarer in the UK

The advantages of a mobile spa on wheels

Actually bringing the spa room to you has many advantages over the more traditional concept of mobile beauty and spa treatments in the home. Of course, you do need space to park the luxury spa mobile and it needs to be somewhere flat too, but there’s no lugging around heavy table or treatment beds into your house and pretty much no set up time either. And you won’t no need to move furniture around to create a suitable spa area in your own home or office. After all, not everywhere can easily provide a 3.5m x 1.5m space complete with wall socket, which is usually what’s specified for home spa treatments.

One innovative spa therapist in the UK who has gone mobile is Caroline. She has converted a Mercedes Sprinter into a ‘self-contained, tranquil oasis, summoned to your doorstep’. Inside the decor is blissful, relaxing and warm, with golden hues, ambient lighting and soft music. Everything needed to provide quality and varied spa treatments is there and once you’re inside, it feels as though you are in a luxury five star treatment room.

Inside the spa mobile it's all about luxury and relaxation

Inside the spa mobile it’s all about luxury and relaxation

Caroline is based near Warwick and offers her deluxe spa service on wheels within a 50 mile radius. That means everywhere from Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Birmingham and Milton Keynes, as well as her home county of Warwickshire, are covered.

A huge range on on-board treatments

The eclectic treatment menu includes holistic treatments like Reiki and Crystal Healing, as well as more traditional aromatherapy massages and facials, with Caroline’s home-made oils. You can also enjoy a soothing reflexology treatment, or go for deep muscle relaxation with a hot stone massage. And, of course, all this is available wherever you want it. Mobile spa on wheels packages start at £65 per person.

Mobile spa treatments - from traditional massages to holistic therapies

Mobile spa treatments – from traditional massages to holistic therapies

Indeed, Caroline says her mobile spa is perfect for pamper parties for hen gatherings whilst the wellbeing at work package is much appreciated by stressed out employees when she parks up at their offices. Even Mother’s Day goes mobile with many a Mummy being treated by their family. And you can only imagine Mum’s surprise when she sees the plush spa rolling up outside!

Mobile spas on wheels – driving therapies forward for the future?

Whilst there will always be a place for the mobile beauty therapist on the move who can come to yours for a quick mani or pedi, the spa room on wheels takes mobile spa treatments to the next level. Let’s see if the idea of bringing the fully-equipped spa room to you truly takes off in the UK.


Mobile spa on wheels – bringing everything you need for relaxation to your door