After a face treatment (Tomoko is all about facial massage), it’s not necessary to wash away all the products. Au contraire: Keeping the spa’s products on for the day might be best for your complexion. “The oil and cream [we use] are great for your skin, and you can apply makeup right after the treatment,” Kurono asserts.
As for the potentially awkward question of how much to disrobe during a body treatment, Kurono says it’s all up to the client. It’s fine to take off undergarments, but for the more modest, the spa provides disposables to wear during treatment.
If you’re on the fence, going underwear-only is a good default. Bras can get in the way during a back massage or any skin treatment that involves the decolleté.
If you’re not feeling spendy, just demur politely. You can also explain that you’d like to see how your skin and body react to the products used during the treatment, and that if you love the results, you’ll be back for more.
Mention any preferences regarding massage therapist gender at the time of booking.
Feel free to remove as much clothing as you like, unless told otherwise.
Get comfortable with asking about prices before greenlighting additional treatments.
In the event of a post-treatment breakout, contact your spa for a follow-up treatment.
Turn off the technology—cell phone, watch, or anything that can buzz or beep.
Attempting to text, Instagram, or otherwise while the session is in progress.
Inviting your young children to the festivities.
Bringing odiferous snacks into the spa.
Feeling obligated to buy products you don’t want.
Worrying about tipping the spa owner—parlay the funds into products or future treatments instead.
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