A comfortable, welcoming and clean space is a must for your clients (and lucky friends) when converting a room in your house into a dedicated massage room. After completing your massage qualifications, setting up your workspace is the exciting next step where you have the chance to be creative and see your business through your customer’s eyes.
Less is definitely more when designing a massage room, as the space itself should promote relaxation and the sense of escaping the rest of the world. As with designing any space, a massage room has special things to consider in the process. With a little preparation and some handy tips from Discover Massage Australia, your massage room can be transformed into a space that both you and your clients will adore.
What to consider when designing a home massage room
If you already have a spare room that you’ve chosen to run your business from, this is a great start. If not, you may be considering which room will be best to work from. Front rooms and sunrooms are a popular choice for many at-home massage therapists, as they are usually cut off and secluded from the rest of the house. Other rooms to consider include a section of your living room, a study, second bedroom or garage.
When considering these choices, it’s good to narrow down your selection by considering things such as where the electric sockets are (in case you need to power lamps, laptops/computers or decor), whether the room is easy to move around in, or if there are any potential hazards that could come up. You may also need a sink and counter, and you’ll certainly need enough room for the door to open and close so your clients can have complete privacy.
What you’ll need in your massage room
You’ll need to consider your inventory when designing your massage room, as stock and products can take up a lot of space. You’ll need a spot for towels, the client’s belongings, the massage table itself, oils, and any other special tools you may use like hot stones or cups. If you’re a big fan of decor, your stock might take up some precious decorating space; so cupboards or curtains covering your tools could be beneficial.
The size of your massage room
Your massage room needs to be large enough to accommodate not only the massage table (of which the standard size is 200cm x 70cm), but space for at least two people and room to move freely around the table, as well as your sink, counter, products and tools. Aiming for 13sqm or more is a great starting size for your new room. Anything smaller and you might find you’ve become very crowded, or your clients won’t have any extra space to enjoy.
Your massage room decor
Decorating is hands down the most exciting part of designing your room, and allows you to give your space your unique creative flair. There are a few design features to consider for your space, and it’s best to avoid an excess of busy patterns or bright colours.
You want your room to be relaxing, so aiming for neutral or earthy tones will help achieve the ambience you want. Plants, scented candles, soft couches, textures in pillows or throws are all great ways to decorate your space and have it feeling like an oasis.
Lighting for your massage room
You’ll want to have enough light to see what you’re doing, but at low levels so as to keep a relaxing vibe within your massage room. Lamps are a great way to throw warm light in certain areas that you need without overwhelming the space and creating a sterile ‘hospital’ sort of environment. Additional candles can be lit for more soft light, and all the better if they are scented candles, which will add to the ambience you’re trying to achieve.
Comfort in your massage room
Thinking about both your and your clients’ comfort is one of the most important factors of ensuring you create the best massage room possible, as providing additional comfortable furnishings or decorations will really set your business apart.
Your clients will appreciate the extra attention to detail and consideration for their comfort. You might have a small waiting area with a soft armchair and magazines to read whilst they wait; or if your home business has some furry pets, your guests may enjoy some cuddles before they get their massage.
Quality sheets or towels, keeping the room clean and consistent, and displaying your credentials add an extra touch of sophistication and professionalism.
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