Spas are becoming increasingly popular as one of the best activities to de-stress and unwind. Whether you’re a regular visitor or visit once in a blue moon, there are a few things you should know to prepare yourself before getting in that hot tub, sauna or go for that massage.
Be careful of what you put into your body before you go. Try not to consume alcohol before your trip and try to only eat light meals. If you are too full your stomach will feel heavy and bloated which can cause you to feel uncomfortable and unable to relax. Bring a light snack with you or a piece of fruit, you should eat this after a spa session to help bring up your blood sugar.
If you are going for a massage you can make the experience much more enjoyable by going for a warm shower before hand – the hot water helps to open and relax your muscles so you get the most out of your experience. It’s also an idea to avoid shaving on the same day you’re going to the spa, as the heat and spa aromas can irritate freshly shaved skin. Stretching before a massage can also be beneficial – just light stretching to help prepare your body and loosen yourself up, especially if you work in a labour intensive job or are crouched in front of a computer screen all day.
Keeping hydrated at the spa is vital for your own health and enjoyment. The sauna and steam room causes you to sweat a lot, so be sure to rehydrate regularly to prevent dehydration. If you don’t drink enough you’ll cause yourself to feel light-headed and adversely affect your health. Aim to drink one cup of water before and after a steam or sauna session.
One of the main things you need to remember before going to the spa is that we are all different. You might go into a massage treatment wanting a firm treatment but your body might not be up to it, which is perfectly normal. Make sure you tell your masseur what feels good and what doesn’t. Similarly you shouldn’t force yourself to stay in the sauna or steam room for longer than feels comfortable. Some people can handle seemingly never-ending sessions, but don’t feel obliged to join them if you can’t. That being said, the recommended time to spend in a sauna or steam room is really no more than 15-20 minutes at a time. Just do what feels comfortable – remember the purpose of a spa trip is to relax!