Intelligent Design

TREATMENT PLAN

When designing a treatment room, it's important to balance atmosphere and functionality and to consider both the client and the therapist, according to acclaimed designer Tag Gaylean, owner of Lewisburg, WV-based TAG Studio. Gaylean, who designed The Spa at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, CO, provides tips on turning your treatment rooms into tranquil enclaves that keep clients coming back for more.

 The Spa at The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, CO
The Spa at The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, CO

MAKE IT CUSTOMIZABLE. Choose dimmable lighting and a sound system that gives the therapist control over the volume and type of music. "You really want to be able to engage with clients to find out their preferences," he says. He also suggests placing a heating pad under the sheet and letting guests control the temperature.

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FOCUS ON THE RIGHT DETAILS. According to Gaylean, many people focus on the walls, while he believes that the ceiling and floor are more important, since clients are usually looking up or down and walking around barefoot. Ceilings should feature beautiful light fixtures and textures, and HV/AC vents should be located on the walls. For flooring, Gaylean recommends wood, cork or leather, all of which are easy-to-clean, warm and comfortable for the therapist to stand on.

DON'T FORGET PRACTICAL MATTERS. While atmosphere is very important, functional aspects should not be overlooked when designing a room. Remember to account for things like outlets under treatment tables, plenty of counter-level power and adequate storage space for towels and linens. For more information, visit tagstudio.com. —L.M.

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