1.)a big towel to keep in your locker. use it to dry yourself at the end of the day when you take your final shower and are about to put on your clothes for the ride home.Theirs are threadbare, smallish and gonna be wet after you've used it for this and that all day.
2. Read a ton of these reviews and you'll have your orientation before arriving since, yeah, its true, there ain't one once you get there.
3. Go solo. Bringing a same-gender friend means a whole day of avoiding looking at their such-and-such while talking. Also, I noticed that those who came with a friend did nothing but yammer on about work stuff or gossip stuff. That's no way to relax (or to allow those around you to relax) It is way better to go alone and just be centered and focus on the warmth of the water, the jets, your own random thoughts.
4. Go during an off time. I went today, a Thursday between 930 and 12pm and for most of the day there was only 1 other person in the "poultice rooms" with me and maybe five others in the bade pool.
5. Spend a lot of time. My 2.5 hours was not nearly enough. I could have gone for an extra 2.5 hours.