If you haven’t tried it before, you may feel a little anxious, wondering what your first time will be like. New experiences are intimidating when you don’t know what to expect, and this is also true for your spa initiation!
Before your first time
First, there’s the question of where to go. With so many places offering indulging experiences, choosing the right one for you can seem daunting. Like going on a first date, avoid places with questionable reputations or that offer unfamiliar services.
Next, you’ll need to decide what service to get. From signature treatments that combine facials, body wraps and aromatherapy, to massage techniques as varied as Swedish, Shiatsu, and Deep Tissue, the list is long and sometimes confusing.
If you are a spa virgin, a safe bet is to book a relaxation massage at one of Burke Williams’ four Los Angeles locations. The signature Burke Williams Massage is a super relaxing experience that uses heat pads and natural oils to help relax the back muscles. Your skin will be gently polished with Chinese herbs, and expert hands will dissolve any tension with a massage customized for your needs.
You can explore other day spas and treatments, but for your first, you can’t go wrong at Burke Williams. As soon as you walk into this European style spa, you’ll start feeling pampered. A hostess will give you a key to your locker and offer you a tour of the facilities: a co-ed waiting lounge, separate areas for men and women with quiet relaxation halls, sauna, steam rooms, showers, and Jacuzzis.
A plush robe and plastic sandals will be waiting in your locker, but don’t expect privacy to change out of your clothes. Be prepared to see others strip down to nothing to enter the Jacuzzi, the sauna and the steam rooms. This is completely natural and you’re welcome to do the same.
After spending time using the spa facilities, you’ll be ready for your treatment. Rinse off in the shower and wait for your therapist to come take you to your private treatment room. With dimmed lights, candles and soothing sounds, you’re in for a special treat!
Before you get started, let your therapist know of any specific areas you want the massage to focus on and if you have any health concerns. Then be ready to melt into the massage table. If everything goes the way it should, you won’t want to leave after you’re done – ever.