When in Doubt… Check The Spa Out
… Signs of a good Spa Not all spas or spa services are equal. It is worth taking the time especially if you are looking for a local spa that you will use on a regular basis to ensure that each visit will be enjoyable, relaxing and meets all of your expectations when it comes to cleanliness, sanitation and staff education and training. The following guidelines are a quick checklist of key points that will ensure the perfect match for you.
Licensed, Trained, and Continuing Education: When choosing a spa, verify that all spa technicians possess the minimum qualifications, and the spa has a quality staff. Spa technician must be certified and licensed. As a minimum, a spa technician is a licensed massage therapist, aesthetician, or cosmetologist. In addition, a spa technician earns an additional certification verifying his or her skills in delivering day to day spa services. A certified spa technician maintains proper state and national licensing and participates in continuing educational programs. A spa technician also has a complete knowledge of products used for and during spa treatments as well as those offered as retail. A good spa technician is skilled in all treatments offered on the spa’s menu of services and possess and essential passion for optimal customer service. When scheduling a treatment at a spa, always verify the qualifications of the spa technician on staff. A well-educated spa technician can make the difference in your next spa visit. This is especially true, when you are receiving specialty services. For example, there is a major difference between a foot massage and reflexology. If you are having a reflexology session, this individual should have a minimum of 500 hours in just reflexology and should be certified. A 16 hour course does not qualify someone as a reflexologist. Friendliness and Courtesy: The minute you walk in, you should be greeted with a smile and made to feel comfortable. You should never experience any snootiness or snobbery from people working at the spa, nor should you ever feel intimidated. It is the job of a spa to make you feel relaxed – friendliness and courtesy is where this starts. During your initial visit, they should offer to give you a tour of the facility. Ambience and Music: A spa should have a relaxed and positive atmosphere. Staff should be polite, friendly and attentive. They should be professional at all times, and focused on you and your spa experience. During the tour, they should introduce you to available spa employees. Listen to the music that is in the spa general areas and the treatment rooms and see that it is the ambience you would enjoy during your treatments. Spa Temperature: The temperature of the rooms should be set for the comfort of the spa guests, not the spa employees. If you get chilled easily, ask if they have rooms that have individual thermostats, or heated treatment tables. Continue … Finding The Right Spa … Types of Spas for you … What Do You Want in a Spa? The Spa Budget Factor … The Seven Steps To Select a Spa When in Doubt … Check The Spa Out