Some colleagues and I belong to the monthly membership club at the Spa at Oak Haven and we take advantage of it on a regular basis. It is great for de-stressing, relaxing, and creating a general feel of well being. I like the treatments so much that I have gone an extra time or two during a month to make it through some stressful times. If you need a break, consider coming to the Spa at Oak Haven. Here are my tips for you.
First, call them to make an appointment. Here is a direct link to their website.
I, personally, like all the membership treatments and try a different one each month. The body scrub, facial, and pedicure are favorites.
You will be warmly welcomed at the door. There is a nice variety of merchandise on hand. Browse and do try some samples.
I suggest that you arrive 30 minutes before your appointment time to maximize your visit. First, you will change into a robe and light shoes, storing your belongings in a locker. Turn your cell phone to silent and I recommend that you leave it in the locker, if possible. Put the locker key in your pocket.
Next, be sure to go into the ‘relaxation room’ to linger over a magazine or even to shut your eyes and rest. The background spa music is quiet and completely relaxing.
The relaxation room is lovely and I enjoy staring up at skylights and the mural of cascades.
I highly recommend the sauna. In the winter, or on a cool day, this is worthy of arriving 30 minutes before your appointment. There is a timer and a temperature gauge. Sometimes, I enter it and find it not very hot because the timer turned it off with the previous client. That makes it tolerable and you can sit in the sauna for a longer period of time.
Nice touches are everywhere!
There is a full bathroom that is a bit lavish. I sometimes go there straight from the gym and shower at the spa. The towels are thick and soft. There are wash cloths and bath mats as well. There is anything that you could need.
It appears to be a large, handicapped shower. There is a shower head on the wall and one pointing down from the ceiling if you really want to get drenched quickly. You can use either one. Shampoo, conditioner, and body wash are available and they smell so good!
Even the bathrooms are a bit lavish. There are usually lotions and scrubs available by the sink. So nice!
Your esthetician, or masseuse, will come to the relaxation room to get you when it is time for your treatment. They will ask you a few questions, let you sign a sheet of paper, then step out of the room. Hang your robe on the door hook then lay down on the bed. Cover up and close your eyes for wonderful, blissful 50 minutes or so. Disrobe to your level of comfort. The bed is warm and heated in winter months.
Now, this advice is crucial. Do not eat an hour or so before your appointment. If you are having a treatment that requires you to lie on your stomach, you could be a little less comfortable than normal. The same goes for chewing gum before the appointment. That is all that I can say about that… And do not drink a lot in the hour or so before your appointment as you don’t want to interrupt your treatment for a ‘trip down the hall.’ Finally, I try not to completely fall asleep during a treatment in order to not miss anything.
One final tip…we gave a spa gift certificate to a good friend who had suffered the death of a parent and the grief and hard work that follows such an event. She said that that it really helped her and was much appreciated. I don’t think that she had been to a spa before and it was a wonderful experience.
When the treatment is finished, you can go back into the relaxation room and enjoy a cool glass of water or hot tea. Enjoy the sauna then, if you like.
On your way out, browse the wonderfully fragrant lotions and cremes. Maybe pick up a gift for someone. Stop by the desk to check out. There are little envelopes in which to leave a gratuity/ tip for your esthetician.
Voila! You will feel like a new person!
One website recently voted the Spa at Oak Haven as one of the best in Tennessee. The only one that topped it was the spa at Blackberry Farm! Here is a link to that article.
The Spa at Oak Haven is one of my favorite ways to get out and about in Sevierville. We are certainly lucky to have it here in our community. In fact, I am counting the days to next month so I call make an appointment for my next spa visit.
See you in the relaxation room!
Good blog. Makes me want to reinstate my membership.
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