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Beauty Etiquetter: How Long Is Too Long To Relax At The Spa?

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Beauty Etiquetter is a new column on Beauty Counter in which we address your beauty protocol predicaments with candid advice from industry experts and those in-the-know. To submit a question, email celia _ellenberg@condenast.com.

The Quandary: After a relaxing massage, my therapist always says I should take my time getting up. But how long can I reasonably rest there? I never know what’s appropriate or expected.

The Expert in Residence: Mathilde Thomas, founder of Caudalie skincare and Vinothérapie spas.

The Advice: “You certainly shouldn’t get up too quickly following a treatment, as blood flow in your body will have shifted as a result of lying in a horizontal position for an extended period of time and increased microcirculation. That said, many spas do have to turn the room over for the next client. So feel free to take about five minutes to relax, put on your robe and gather yourself, but taking a nap—as clients have been known to do!—may lead to your therapist coming back to check on you. If you tend to enjoy a lot of time relaxing after a massage, find a spa that has a lounge where you can linger. That way, you can take as much time as you need.”

Photo: Courtesy of Caudalie

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