Massage & Bodywork

MAY | JUNE 2015

Issue link:

Contents of this Issue


Page 32 of 132

30 m a s s a g e & b o d y w o r k m a y / j u n e 2 0 1 5 CLASSROOM TO CLIENT education 9 Tips for Creating a Comfortable Massage Environment By Anne Williams TIP #1: LIGHTING Dimmer switches are ideal for treatment rooms. Lights can be made bright for cleaning or sanitizing equipment, adjusted to a medium setting for the health intake consultation, and turned down for the massage. Several pools of soft, diffused light or diffuse natural light are more relaxing than one bright light in a corner or a room that's too dark. Avoid candles because open flames are a safety hazard and they can pollute the air, especially when used in small rooms. TIP #2: WALL DECORATIONS Wall decorations can promote the image of the business, make a soothing impression on the client, and dampen sound. Wall decorations can be functional as well as beautiful. For example, fabric wall hangings lessen noise, while a stylish mirror gives the client a place to freshen up at the end of the session and allows the therapist to check his body mechanics during the session. TIP #3: WINDOW TREATMENTS Window treatments are an important design feature in any room and provide privacy, light control, and style. In a massage environment, privacy is important. Window treatments should not be so sheer that people outside can see the massage session. Window treatments also control the amount of light that filters into the room. When the massage starts, softer, dimmer light is more relaxing. You can choose between semi-sheer fabrics that diffuse the light and rich opaque fabrics that shut it out completely. Windows are often the main focal point in the treatment room. Interesting and well-planned window treatments add style and eye-catching appeal. They also absorb sounds from outside and from the room itself, helping create a quieter overall environment while conserving energy by insulating the glass. To create your ideal treatment environment, consider the techniques you will use and the types of clients you desire. For example, in relaxation-oriented businesses, images of the outdoors are often used to help clients feel connected to the earth and nature. And clinical massage businesses benefit from medical charts and images that allow clients to see and understand the structures involved in their soft-tissue condition. Consider the following elements when creating your treatment room's environment.

Articles in this issue

Archives of this issue

view archives of Massage & Bodywork - MAY | JUNE 2015