The Fitness Zone
by David Ward, NSW Australian Institute of Fitness Massage Coach
An inviting and professional-looking massage space is essential to a successful business. Your treatment space should be a reflection of your product while making your clients feel welcome and comfortable. There are a few factors that must be considered when setting up your massage room.
There’s nothing worse than trying to massage a client in a small room. Not only will it be too cramped, but it can also lead to certain tripping hazards. In reality, you should keep in mind that your table will be roughly 65-70cm wide and 1.8-2m long. Then consider you will need at least a meters distance around each side of the table when treating. You will also need space for storage, a sink to wash your hands and in some cases you may want a desk for your computer so you can take notes during your consultations. You should be able to fit all of this comfortably in a room the size of 12-15 square meters.
Carpeted floors are preferable for massage as it reduces the risk of slipping however you may find the carpet may start to smell after a period of time due to the oils you are using. A simple fix would be to have the carpets cleaned every now and then, or to avoid the issue all together you could find a space with hard floors such as tiles or wood panelling. If you are still worried about slipping you could always put down a rug to cover the majority of the floor space. Carpet and rugs can also be used as an effective strategy for covering up loose electrical cables on the floor, which people could trip on.
Being able to dim the lighting in your treatment room can add to the ambience and allow your client to relax more. Natural light is also a big plus as it helps reduce your environmental footprint. Just make sure you can provide some form of privacy when treating clients. If you aren’t able to provide natural light, a lamp with a warm light would be preferable, however be cautious about your client moving around in a dimly lit room.
Mirrors are important to have on a wall near the door so the client can check their appearance before they leave. Larger mirrors can be useful to make the room seem bigger as well. It’s a good idea to have at least one seat for the client during your consultation and they can also leave their clothing items and belongings there during the treatment. Most importantly of all, keep your massage space clean. This not only relates to the presentation of your clinic and business but also to the client's safety. If there is unnecessary clutter this can turn into a workplace hazard or infection control issue.
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