I've never been to a day spa, want to treat myself, and don't know what to expect.
So, I'd like to visit a spa
I've read good things about, and I have no idea what to do or how to proceed. I always hear my female acquaintances talking about how much they enjoy "spa days" and even though I've made it to my 40s without having tried it...I'm ready. But here are my questions:
I'm not in the best shape; can a slightly chubbier gal enjoy a spa trip (it is an all-woman facility, so that does help, but still...)? Do you sit around naked? Walk around naked? I also don't follow the — er, "landing strip" philosophy of personal grooming. Is the au naturel look embarrassingly 1970s these days?
Can I take a book or electronic device to read? Would that be weird? What do you do while you're sitting around in a warm, steamy room? I'd be going by myself and would have no one to chat with, so I'm worried that I'm going to be staring at the wall uncomfortably with nothing to do. If I could sit and read I might really enjoy that, but the book I'm currently in the middle of is on the Kindle app of my iPad, which I guess I don't want to take into the hot or wet rooms. How about magazines?
Where does my purse go? Do I carry it around from room to room?
Do spas typically serve wine or something? It might help me relax; is that common?
Is it better to go in the morning or afternoon (assume a weekday)?
What should I do to prepare for the visit? What should I know? What should I by any means avoid doing or saying?
Many thanks. I know that's a lot of questions. I appreciate your answers!!