Asking for specific spa etiquette: To undress or not? is beneficial, but in reality, only a few at all do so. Naturally, many people are anxious and curious regarding nudity matters within a spa. However, most of them feel uncomfortable communicating with strangers on the same. The following tips can give you an idea of your expected spa experience anywhere.
Locker Room Etiquette
Here you are provided with robes and slippers. Locker rooms are separate for different genders. In the case of a majority of the spas, one has to change in public. If that makes you uncomfortable, use the bathroom. Some spas even offer a personal changing compartment or directly changing as an option in the treatment room.
Being bare or not (usage of swimsuit, towel, etc.) in a spa completely depends upon the country’s rules. We recommend asking the spa personnel for the right guidance.
Relaxation Room Etiquette
Here usually an attendee wears a robe and slipper only without any undergarments. One has to be careful on sitting posture in case of using small robes while waiting. Extra-large robes are available at many spas, but you will need to request them.
Jacuzzi, Sauna, & Steam Room Etiquette
In the case of the above services, such rooms are generally associated with locker rooms of spas. One has the option of wearing a swimsuit (unless prohibited by country rules) or nothing at all while using the service. For coed spas, wearing a swimsuit is a popular practice; however, some countries allow coed bareness.
Massage Room Etiquette
The professional therapists describe the treatment process, followed by helping you adjust to the correct position on the treatment table. Post that, generally they exit the room so that you can remove your robe and lie down below the sheet before the therapy. The therapist will knock on the door before reentering.
Quick notes on bareness
Clean yourself with a cool shower and soap before steam, sauna, or hot tub session.
Take proper precautions by wearing a pair of plastic sandals (if available) before entering the shower room to avoid a slip.
Spas generally enquire about your preferred gender of a therapist (during booking or on the spot). Statistically, nearly in 75% of cases, female therapists are preferred irrespective of gender.
Clear out your understanding about bareness etiquette followed in the respective spa over a call or directly in person.
Please remember your genital remains are covered and untouched during a spa therapy session. An exception is allowed in few countries for medical treatment (like breast massage). However, such cases are conducted under the consent of the receiver. Conducting buttock massage is usually a good practice to relieve large muscles below the skin.
A quick summary of best practices in a locker room: Undress totally, wear a spa robe, swimsuit, and slippers. It is better to use a large towel and keep an eye on other’s activities to know the dressing etiquette.