Massage at a Spa Pet Peeve
The therapist steps out of the room, I take off my robe and hang it up, step out of my slippers, take off my watch and put it usually on top of my slippers along with the scrunchy from my hair and get under the sheet. This takes about 30 seconds – at the most one minute.
And then I begin wondering if I should shout out something like “I’m ready!” which I have done on occasion.
About that time (or to be honest even earlier) I begin wondering why it always takes the therapist so long to re-enter the room and begin my massage? Are they grabbing a quick break? Maybe getting something to drink? Perhaps washing their hands?
Of course eventually the wait is over, I hear the knock on the door, the therapist comes in and the massage begins. However when it happened to me again yesterday, I decided that I was going to write about it and perhaps get some conversation going.
Here is what I think therapists should know: Many (and I would even guess most) people who are getting spa treatments are counting on getting every single minute of that treatment and are keenly aware of time, whether they have a watch with them or not. It doesn’t matter if it is 50-minute, 60-minute, 80-minute, or 90-minute treatment, once the treatment is over they check their watches (or perhaps the clock that is in the treatment room). In fact, many people have even figured out what they are paying per minute! In my case, I was paying $3.00 per minute for my massage, factoring in the 20% service charge which was added to my bill BEFORE my treatment.
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