For many new to the spa and wellness scene, a trip to the thermal suite can be as relaxing as it is stressful. From what to wear to how to utilize the facilities in the best way, it can be nerve-wracking with so many perceived pros around you.
At GOCO Hospitality, we understand that feeling. But as full-service spa designers, planners and operators, we know a thing or two about the thermal circuit.
So, for anyone new to the scene (it’s blowing up right now on the coattails of COVID-19) here are our top dos and don’ts that you can make note of the next time you visit a luxury spa.
What to Wear
A spa day is about being relaxed. When you head to the spa, wear something comfortable. This not only gets you in the mood, but you’ll be grateful on the way out. At a spa, your body loosens and putting on tight clothing after your relax-session can feel uncomfortable.
Depending on the spa and thermal suite you visit, you’ll either need to wear a swimsuit or go naked. It’s more common than not that segregated gendered spas encourage nudity, but in most places, it’s not enforced. However, Japanese onsens will almost always require nudity – trust us when we say, it’s much cleaner that way.
What to Take Into the Spa
Spa days are about you, so be sure to bring something to do during downtime that resonates with your inner self. Read a book, listen to music, do some yoga. Avoid technology, it only stresses you out and is usually discouraged.
It’s good manners to leave your phone in your locker for the duration but be sure to set it to silent if you’re using it for music.
Most spas provide the clothing, robes and towels you will need for the duration, so there’s little you need for the inside.
Keep Your Timing
If you’re using a thermal suite and have a massage lined up at a certain time, be sure to be out of the baths, washed, dried, clothed and ready 15 minutes before the treatment.
Using a thermal suite before your treatment is a great way to relax the body, open the pores and calm the mind – letting you reap the full benefits of the treatment of your choice.
Depending on the bath and the water used, many thermal suites request people who have had oil treatments to not return to the water. The oil can contaminate the water and make the experience unhealthy and unpleasant for others.
To get the most out of your next thermal suite experience, be sure to allow for enough time to get the most out of the baths, saunas, steam rooms, luxury pools, vitality pools, cold plunges and ice showers. If you’re lost, confused or just curious, don’t be afraid to ask staff questions – they’re there to help.
If you’re in Greece, why not swing by GOCO Spa Daios Cove and have our exceptional staff guide you through our interpretation of the thermal circuit – it’s a hallmark of our brand and unique in every way.