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  • How to Set Up A Therapy Room in Your Garden

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    Have you thought about running your therapy business from home? By using a garden pod as a treament room, therapists can charge more to reflect the enhanced quality of the experience. Here are some pointers on how it can be done to best effect.

    Own Your Space

    If you own your therapy room yourself, you will never have to worry about rent increases or worse, being asked to leave because of property sale or other circumstances you can’t control. With 0% finance options to pay for your therapy space, you can be paying a regular monthly amount as with renting, but the payments will end and it can be a real asset to your business.

    Safe & Secure in a Quality Garden Pod

    First impressions count: the client needs to feel safe and secure, relaxed and comfortable. You need to know your room will be warm, dry and not too noisy. In a summer house or garden room you need to check for really good insulation and weatherproofing. A guarantee is a sign that the maker is committed to the quality of their product.

    You too will need to be comfortable while your work. Make sure there is ample to space to move around your massage table or work area.

    Fitting Out Your Therapy Room

    You will need good quality, hard wearing furniture and fittings. The sofa or chairs can be modestly proportioned – modern furniture tends to have a smaller footprint than older pieces although there are exceptions, like Lloyd loom chairs or tub chairs. This is to make the most of the space available and ensure there is comfortable room to work in.

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    Work out how many electrical outlets you will need – this can include treatment equipment, heat lamps as for acupuncture and massage, extra lighting, music – and remember you may need to plug in a hoover now and then!

    Built in music systems with loudspeakers will make it easier and more convenient to play background sounds. It also helps keep the clutter down.

    A muted, relatively neutral decor will make the space more relaxing – there is less to take in and it allows the client’s own sensations to come to the fore more readily. There is scope to bring your own style to the room with some well chosen prints or art, or a highlight colour in the soft furnishings and accessories, for example.

    Style & Substance for a Treatment Space

    Keep clutter to a minimum to prevent distraction and create a calming atmosphere. Built in storage can be a big asset – it looks smart, is solidly fixed and when it is built to the ceiling it makes the most of the space available. If you offer products as part of your business, you will need a space to display them as well as plenty of storage space for stocks.

    For practical purposes, a separate bathroom space with toilet, washbasin and even a shower, will be really useful and again it enhances the quality for the client.

    Of course hooks to hang up coats and clothes will be essential, and a simple glass, ceramic or wooden bowl provides a safe place to leave keys, phone, and jewellery. A water glass and jug can stand on a small corner table, and a conveniently placed mirror will allow your clients to check their appearance before they leave.

    Botanical Beauty

    With a garden treatment room the garden itself acts as a beautiful backdrop that can allow the mind to drift off.

    But if you want to make even more of the opportunity, and if you enjoy keeping plants, they can help to keep the air fresh and clean inside the building, as well as creating contact with nature and connect with the garden space, increasing a feeling of space, calm and inspiration.

    With a garden pod as a therapy room you can also make good use of the immediate outside space, for example by growing scented vines such as honeysuckle or jasmine around the windows, or placing large pot plants by the doors. These natural aromas can add to the beneficial effects of treatment and have been proven to enhance feelings of wellbeing.

    And that has to be good for both you and your clients.

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