SOURCE: Marriott International

Marriott International

December 23, 2013 13:00 ET

Relax and Transform: What to Expect Before Your First Spa Experience

BETHESDA, MD--(Marketwired - Dec 23, 2013) - With this handy spa infographic from Marriott Hotels, you can relax even before you get to the spa because you'll know exactly what to bring, what to wear (or remove) when you get there and how to tip when you're finished.

When to Arrive

Most spas ask that you arrive at least 15 minutes early to finish up paperwork and get a tour of the facilities. However, try to arrive 30 minutes or more before your first appointment so you can take your time and start to unwind.

What to Wear

Dress comfortably to increase your sense of relaxation before and after your treatments. Massages are typically done in the nude with a sheet covering all but the area(s) being massaged. If this makes you uncomfortable, you can leave your underwear on or ask about other relaxing treatments that can be done while clothed, like reflexology and facials.

When to Speak Up

Be sure to tell staff if you need or want anything at all, particularly during a treatment. Massage therapists want you to be as comfortable and relaxed as possible, so if you want more or less pressure, different music, complete silence, or anything else, don't be shy about letting them know your preferences. This is your time to indulge in what makes you happy.

What to Give

It is customary to offer a 15 - 20% tip to treatment providers.

The relaxation experts at the 430 worldwide Marriott Hotels with exquisite spa services are ready to make sure you have the best experience possible with friendly service, first-class amenities and transformative spa services. Just remember these key points from Marriott's latest infographic for a relaxing spa experience.

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Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Jessica Hott
    10400 Fernwood Road
    Bethesda, MD 20817
    Phone: (301) 380-3000
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