Mind Over Manners: Nickel’s Yes, No’s and Maybe So’s
There’s a first time for everyone and even some of the more experienced spa goers aren’t exactly sure of the do’s and don’ts, so here’s a handy guide to ensure you get the most from your experience and also spare you from any crashing faux pas, red-faced embarrassment or ceremonial frog-marching off the premises.
What to wear, or not to wear, is a surprisingly big concern when it comes to spa treatments.
Once our therapist has collected you, they should say what clothing to take off, leave on, where to put it and how to position yourself. They will then give you a few minutes of privacy to get sorted.
The usual rule for massage or body treatments is to take it all off (including jewellery), pop yourself on the bed and cover yourself with the large towel provided. This does not concern the Shiatsu massages for which you need to wear comfort clothes such as sweat pants or shorts and a tee shirt.
Our therapists are experts in towel-privacy movements so any worries about resembling a stark naked starfish can be put to rest. And even if they weren’t, no one is looking, they’ve seen it all before and nor do they care – so relax.
Bear in mind that even though a facial concentrates on the face, it’s customary to take off everything from the waist up. There are bonuses to be had. The treatment can also include treats for the scalp, neck, and shoulders.
Before a facial it is not necessary to shave. A little stubble never hurt but three days past a five o’clock shadow defeats the purpose. A heavy beard prohibits all that skin goodness from sinking in.
Please be considerate of our staff and stay conscious of wiffy odours. Clean socks and frequent bathing tend to help. But if there’s still a need for the pong patrol when you expose your feet, ask to wash them before your treatment.
The Rub Down
“Do you do specials?” is not on the menu. So, don’t ask. Therapists perform many pleasurable tasks but ‘you know what’ or the like is not one of them.
The hand massage is not an invitation to hold hands, it’s not a date and you’re not twelve.
Should an awkward situation, ahem, arise then there’s no need to panic. These things happen. Think about your tax return, mother-in-law or Martha Stewart and all should return to normal in no time. We promise there will be no pointing, staring or public acknowledgement.
Remember that this is your time. If it’s too warm, too cold or ‘Smooth Sounds of the Seventies’ isn’t on your massage playlist, speak up. The same goes for talking. Don’t feel obligated to chat; it’s not about making new friends but if conversation helps you chill out feel free to do so. Our therapists will follow your lead.
Waxing and Waning
The bottom line is that waxing doesn’t tickle, it hurts, but at least it’s quick.
After they’ve yanked your follicles, avoid soaps and shower gels in your first hair-less shower as they can cause spots but from there on out keep clean.
Redness or a slight rash is typical, especially with wax-rookies but the more often you go in the more accustomed your skin and hair becomes. 4-6 weeks between treatments is fairly standard.
Waxing when sunburnt is out of the question unless you’re a glutton for punishment.
The Bottom Line
We are a pretty easy going bunch, keen to please and intent on making your spa experience as pleasurable as possible. Please don’t be embarrassed or hesitant should you have any other questions, comments or concerns, all will be treated confidentially.
Learn how to get ready for a spa visit; what to wear, how to prepare for a facial, massage etiquette and more. Nickel men’s only spa in New York City offers a friendly environment for new spa visitors and clients who haven’t experienced spa facials, men’s massages and other spa and salon services. Follow this advice on what clothes to wear, how to get ready for a first time waxing treatment and other advice for visiting a men’s spa for the first time.