For many new to the spa and wellness scene, a trip to the thermal bathing facilities can be as nerve-racking as it can be relaxing. From what to wear, to how to utilize the facilities in the best way possible, it can be challenging particularly if others around you seem to be experts.
At GOCO Hospitality, we understand that feeling, and as full-service spa designers, planners and operators, we know a thing or two about thermal bathing and its written and unwritten rules.
So, for anyone new to the scene, here are our top do’s and don’ts which will increase your confidence and help elevate your experience next time you go bathing.
What to Wear
A visit to the spa is about being relaxed, so 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. Your spa session should help to loosen your body and mind, and putting on tight clothing after your session may feel uncomfortable and restrictive.
Depending on the spa and thermal facilities you visit, you’ll either need to wear a swimsuit or go naked. It’s more common than not that segregated gender spas encourage nudity, but in most places, it is not enforced. However, Japanese onsens will almost always require nudity – and in Germany, your swimwear will be frowned upon and asked to wait outside while you enjoy your session.
What to Take Into the Spa
A trip to the spa is all about you, so be sure to bring something to do during downtime that is lightly engaging and definitely not work focused.
Read a book, listen to music, do some yoga and definitely avoid technology as it will only add stress and is usually discouraged.
It’s good manners to leave your phone in your locker for the duration of your visit, but if you are using it for music, mantra or a podcast, then be sure to set it to silent.
Most spas provide the clothing, robes and towels you will need for the duration, so there’s little you need for the inside, however, if you are not sure what is provided, then it is always best to ask.
Keep Your Timing
If you’re using a thermal bathing facility and have a massage lined up at a certain time, be sure to be out of the baths, washed, dried, and appropriately attired, 15 minutes before the start of your service.
Using the thermal suite before your treatment is encouraged as it is a great way to relax the body, open the pores and calm the mind – letting you reap the full benefits of your chosen treatment.
Depending on the bath and the water used, many thermal suites request that people who have had oil treatments do not return to the water. While the oil may have many therapeutic benefits, it can contaminate the water and make the experience unpleasant for others.
To get the most out of your next thermal bathing experience, be sure to allow enough time to enjoy 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 questions of the spa team – they’re there to help.
If you’re in Greece, why not swing by GOCO Spa Daios Cove and have our exceptional team guide you through our interpretation of the thermal circuit – it’s a hallmark of our brand and enjoyable in every way.