Do you like to get pampered at the spa? Are you nervous about booking an appointment in English? If you read on, I can help you overcome your fear by teaching you the vocabulary for some of the most popular spa treatments and some quick tips on how to book an appointment for these treatments.
First, I'd like to teach you the vocabulary for some of the more typical spa treatments.
Have a look below.
Manicure (commonly called: mani) - a cosmetic treatment of the hands involving shaping and sometimes painting of the nails, removal of the cuticles, and softening of the skin.
Pedicure (commonly called: pedi) - a cosmetic treatment of the feet and toenails, often involving various, additional options such as a paraffin wax treatment (which softens the feet), polish or a salt scrub.
Massage - the rubbing and kneading of muscles and joints of the body with the hands, especially to relieve tension or pain.
Facial - a beauty treatment for the face
Body scrub - a type of beauty treatment in which the skin is cleansed and exfoliated, much like a facial but for your body.
Aromatherapy - the practice of using the natural oils/essential oils extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant to enhance psychological and physical well-being. Aromatherapy can be applied in many different spa treatments.
There are so many different types of spa treatments available these days - check out this list of bizarre, unique and...interesting treatments.
I'll soon prepare a more detailed lesson on booking and scheduling appointments, but for now, let's take a quick look at the different examples I used above, plus some extras. These examples are polite, cordial and acceptable when booking any type of appointment and cordial.
There's no need to feel nervous! I promise. Just try to relax - after all, that's why you're going to the spa right? To relax! Practice out-loud to yourself or a friend (or even a pet!), first. You'll feel so proud of yourself after you book your own appointment.
in-person and/or telephone requests
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Have you ever been to an English-speaking spa? Did you get the service you'd hoped for? What kind of treatment did you have? Be sure to comment below and join the conversation.
About Your English Coach
Alannah is a CELTA (University of Cambridge) qualified English language teacher from Canada who lives in Italy with her wonderful husband. She's been teaching English since 2006 and has taught many different nationalities in both Canada and Italy.