How to Design a Massage Room
Creating a tranquil, relaxed and safe environment is one of the ways massage therapists help their clients. It is hard to relax in a room that is uncomfortable, lessening the effectiveness of the massage itself. When designing a home massage room, always bear in mind the comfort of your client, as well as yourself, the therapist. A well-designed massage studio helps your client relax and helps you do your job more effectively
Massage table dimensions vary, but a standard table is about 30 inches wide and 73 inches long, plus about 12 more inches for the head cradle. Some therapists use a larger table to accommodate taller clients or their own preferences and body mechanics, but start there as a minimum. As a therapist, you also need at least 3 feet of space around every side of the table to work in. Add to that enough space for storage, a sink and counter space, seating and room for the door to comfortably open and close. This translates to a room that is about 120 to 140 square feet. Choose wood, vinyl tile or cushioned flooring rather than a hard surface, such as tile, for your own comfort. The room should also be sound insulated to provide a quiet atmosphere and comfortably warm since your clients are undressed and sedentary.
Make sure the room features enough storage space for linens, equipment and supplies. Some storage can be placed outside the room to save space inside, such as the bulk of your clean linens, larger equipment and bulk lotion and oils. At the minimum you need shelves inside the room that can accommodate the products and equipment that you will need within reach during an individual session. Use closed storage cabinets for most of your items to eliminate clutter, but use open shelf storage for things you need easy access to and that won't be an eyesore, such as oils and lotions.
Provide a comfortable chair for your clients to sit on while removing their shoes and clothing. This is also a good place to ask your clients to leave clothing, purses and other items during their session.
If your room has windows, provide filtered lighting with adjustable blinds. You should be able to darken the room even on a bright day for the client's comfort and relaxation. Use soft lighting from lamps or an indirect overhead source that is not directly over the massage table. A dimmer switch allows you to adjust the amount of light as needed or as requested by the client.
Paint the room a neutral earth tone. Soft, neutral colors promote a relaxed mood. Choose subdued, tasteful artwork and a few accessories for the room. Try using wood, fabric and wicker rather than plastic or metal, and look for natural accessories such as bamboo, stones or seashells. To soften a hard floor surface, put down a plush area rug. Candles are okay, but don't place them where they could be knocked over, and use a light scent that wont irritate sensitive clients. Use a small but high-quality sound system to play soft music. A small fountain that burbles softly can also be relaxing. Depending on the emphasis of your work, anatomy or reflexology charts can lend credibility to your massage studio. Don't forget to hang your framed licenses, certificates and degrees on the wall.