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The so-called “body treatments” are another element for indulgence at most spas. These can serve a variety of functions – deep-cleansing, exfoliation, detoxification or simple relaxation. You can be wrapped in seaweed, slathered in oils, or subjected to a vigorous scrub. Different products are used, depending on the effect you want. And all spas offer a selection of facials, pedicures, manicures, waxing, and other services. And if you’re half of a couple, most spas offer side-by-side massages or other couples rituals. Spa packages are a great way to sample all the available pleasures. These combine different services, usually at a discounted rate.
You should always arrive at your spa at least 15 minutes early, and preferably more, because you’ll need to fill out some paperwork and sign waivers. Then you’ll be given a locker for your things, along with a plush bathrobe and some slippers to wear to and from, and in between, your sessions. You may be asked to wait in a comfortably furnished, dimly lit area, where you can enjoy hot tea, ice water spiked with cucumber and lemon, or in some cases, you can bring your own wine. (Spa Space also has an addictive trail mix in its waiting areas.)
When your therapist comes to get you, she will speak to you in muted tones and lead you slowly – almost ceremonially – to your room. She’ll ask you to remove your robe and slippers, lie down on the table, and cover yourself with the sheet. She’ll return momentarily and quietly begin your procedure. Your room will probably be cool, but not cold, perhaps only lit by candle, and soft, earthy music will be piped in. This is usually classical or “easy listening” music, or even “nature” sounds, like waterfalls, birds and rain pattering on a roof.