Relax, listen to the sounds of nature, and allow serenity to ease your mind through the healing touch of massage. The scent of lavender, sandalwood, or other essential oils float through the air as they are massaged into your skin, transporting you into a sacred space. Wouldn’t this be the ultimate luxury to have in your own home?
Whether you build a new home massage room or transform an existing room in your house, there are certain things you need to know when creating your oasis of tranquility.
Space Requirements and Layout
The Table. The standard massage table is about 30 inches wide and 73 inches long, plus an extra 12 inches for the head cradle. There are larger sizes available for tall people. You will want to have a minimum of three extra feet around the entire table so your massage therapist has enough room to work comfortably.
Room to Work. You will want to have areas available for storage, a sink, and counter for work and prep. Space is also necessary for the door to freely open and close and for a seat or two. This usually requires a room be about 120-140 square feet. For storage of supplies and linens, have a few open shelves or cabinets.
Flooring. The type of floor material you choose is very important to creating the ultimate relaxing environment. Concrete floors can be uncomfortable to stand on for long periods of time, so the use of wood or some other cushioned flooring is recommended. It is also recommended that the walls of the room be soundproof to ensure a quiet and peaceful atmosphere.
Climate Control. It is highly recommended that you can control the temperature of the room with a thermostat. The room should always be comfortably warm.
Designing your Haven
Level of Light. A windowless room is preferred, but if the space does have windows make sure you have blinds or drapes that can block out the light. You should have indirect lighting that can be adjusted via a dimmer switch. Never have lighting directly above the table.
Shades of Color. The walls should be painted soft, neutral tones. Earth tones are always a good way to go. Bright colors should be avoided as they can be jarring instead of relaxing.
Art and Accessories. Simple paintings or sculpture can enhance the ambiance of a home massage room. The use of natural materials such as feathers and wood are much better than harsh metals or plastics. A plush rug is a nice touch to avoid the cold floor on bare feet.
Soothing Scents. Aromatherapy can play a role in massage, as different scents can evoke different states of mind. Avoid the use of incense as it can aggravate sinuses, trigger headaches, or bring on an asthma attack. Candles are a wonderful accessory to use, but just make sure the scent of the candle is not overwhelming.
Simple Sounds. Music can play a big role in setting the tone of a massage, so a good sound system is a plus. Soft music or the sounds of nature are perfect. Even better, add a small fountain for the calming sound of running water.
Your home massage room is ultimately what you want it to be. Make it into a space that is healing and therapeutic to enhance the massage experience, not compete with it.
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