You may have heard that spa parties are a great way to unwind after a stressful day.
But how many people are actually enjoying these events?
In the US, the number of people who say they would be interested in going to a spa party has skyrocketed, with an estimated 60 million people taking part in a spa event in 2015.
While many of these parties have a reputation for being more intimate, there are a lot of factors that contribute to the popularity of spa parties.
It’s easy to go out in public without a mask, so it’s easy for people to get too intoxicated, says Lauren Brown, the director of wellness at the International Spa and Health Conference in Toronto.
Many of the people attending a spa are just looking for a bit of fun, so they’re more likely to be drinking, Brown says.
Some spa events can also be more social, as guests often attend because they want to be in a group and have a social vibe, says Elizabeth Kohn, the founder of the Canadian Spa and Wellness Conference.
This can make for a very different experience for people with anxiety, says Kohn.
When people who have anxiety are in the same room together, it’s easier for them to be relaxed and not hyperventilating, she says.
People are also more likely than those without anxiety to enjoy spa parties if they’re in the mood, says Brown.
“There’s a natural sense of relaxation that occurs, which is not possible if you’re stressed out and you’re in a room full of people,” she says, adding that people may also feel more comfortable during a spa’s spa party.
This is especially true if the spa party is open to the public, because there’s less pressure to hide, she adds.
So how do you go about making sure that you’re at the spa when it’s open?
First, make sure that your party is a private event, Brown recommends.
“It’s hard to make a spa look so luxurious when you’re surrounded by people who don’t share your lifestyle,” she explains.
“So, you can’t put a curtain between yourself and the other guests, and that’s a big no-no.
If you’re going to have a spa, make it private, and make sure there’s an open door,” she adds, adding, “Make sure there is a privacy screen so people can see the party and not just see you.
It doesn’t have to be glamorous.”
You can also make sure you’re not wearing a mask when you go, Brown suggests.
She says that masks are an “obvious, easy way to be uncomfortable.”
But mask-wearing is also important for people who are feeling uncomfortable.
“If you’re feeling like you need help with your anxiety, you might want to look for ways to mask it,” she notes.
“Or, you could use a mask that’s more comfortable, and is less likely to make you feel like you’re wearing a fake mask.”
She says people should also check the party’s policies to make sure they’re inclusive, because it can be hard to determine what’s acceptable and what’s not, and it’s important to make certain you’re fully aware of what’s going on before you go.
“As long as people are aware of the policy, it should be fine to have fun and go to the spa,” she suggests.
There are also plenty of ways to ensure you’re comfortable, as well.
“Make your party private so no one can see what’s happening,” Kohn recommends.
If people are looking for more privacy, you may want to wear a mask or a gown to make it more intimate.
You can get a good night’s sleep with a pillow under your pillow, or put on a robe if you prefer, she suggests, but if you plan on going to the party wearing masks, it might be best to keep them in your home or in a bag with a key.
You may also want to bring along a water bottle, and a blanket if you don’t want to sleep on the floor.
And don’t forget to bring a towel or washcloth for people in the crowd, Kohn adds.
But what about when the party is for everyone?
“If your party isn’t for everyone, make the party fun for everyone,” Kays says.
“That means having an open mic so people are able to come and speak.
That means you can have a mix of people, and if people are uncomfortable, it will be much more challenging for them.”
The best part about a spa is that it’s safe and welcoming, Brown adds.
“And if you go to a public spa and you feel anxious, you’re welcome to come back later and go back to the bathroom,” she tells The Verge.
“You can go back there and relax and be a part of something more fun.”
You could also bring friends, as this can make