Day of Pampering
Everyone deserves a fun, relaxing day of pampering at the spa. But at the same time, we are living through a recession right now, so how can you choose the right local spa for a day of pampering. Here are some tips you may want to consider when making your decision.
Consider going local. If you live close to any day spas, you may want to go the local route rather than traveling far away for your day of pampering. This way you can save money on gas. You also won’t have the stress associated with sitting in traffic for a long time on your trip to and from the day spa. After all, it’s all about relaxation when you make plans to go to a day spa.
Consider “chain” day spas such as Elizabeth Grady. The benefits of going to a day spa that is part of a well established company is that they have certain standards that they are all required to uphold.
Of course going to a “chain” day spa won’t be everyone’s top choice. Maybe you prefer to give your business to a local businessperson in order to support local commerce. (This is certainly an admirable goal in a down economy, when so many local businesses are having trouble staying afloat.)
Do your research. More specifically, call around to several local day spas to ask certain questions, such as the cost of all the services you are interested in receiving at the spa (pedicure, manicure, facial, massage, and any other day spa services that are of interest to you). This way you can compare the prices of all the different day spas, and if cost is a major determining factor in your decision making process, you may have your answer after you make all your calls.
Ask your friends for their suggestions. If any of your friends have gone to any local day spas, ask them for the honest assessments of their experiences at these spas. If you and your friends share similar tastes, and if they really enjoyed themselves at a particular spa, you may want to try the same one. (Ask also for the names of the staff members who gave them their manicure, pedicure, massage, facial, etc. They may or may not remember specific names, but it does not hurt to ask.)
If you are a big fan of organic skincare products, you may also want to investigate which day spas in your area specialize in using organic skincare products, as this could be another variable to consider when making your decision.
As another part of your research process, you may also want to pay a visit to at least two or three local day spas before you make your final decision. This way you will have a chance to get a good sense of each spa’s general atmosphere, including the décor, how welcoming and friendly the staff members seem, the types of products they use, how clean and hygienic each work station appears to be, and any other points of interest for you. This is also your chance to ask any questions you may have in advance of your actual day of pampering.