Charles W. Wiltsie III

Etiquette for the Day Spa Guest

What to Expect

You’ve just received a gift certificate for a “day at the spa.” You imagine the promise of luxurious treatments like hot stone massage, maybe even a facial, but what else should you expect? And what exactly is a day spa anyway?

Fortunately, there is no great mystery about what goes on behind those spa doors, it’s just more of what you’re already familiar with — complementary approaches to finding and maintaining good health.

Choosing a Therapist

Ask a Therapist

Q: Does it matter if I go to a male or female practitioner?

A: In a perfect world, a practitioner’s gender would be irrelevant, according to practitioner, instructor and industry expert Charles W. Wiltsie III. “Massage therapy should be gender-neutral, at least from the massage therapist’s point of view. But here are a few tips to help you find the right professional:

“Check around and find out if the massage therapist you are going to use is known to the community. Are there people you know using him?