There are few better ways to melt tension and tight muscles than with a relaxing massage. Create a massage room in your home. Whether you're a licensed massage therapist seeking an area to treat clients or an untrained professional planning to give massages to friends and family, a few touches can turn an ordinary room into a dedicated massage room. Provided you have an area that affords privacy and comfort, you will soon be rubbing away stress and replacing it with serenity and absolute bliss.
Use an area for your massage room that has enough space for you to move around the massage table freely. A small to medium room with a door is appropriate if there are other people besides you who occupy the house. That way, your clients won't have to worry about unexpected guests intruding on their privacy. The room should have a bathroom nearby that clients may use.
Purchase a massage table if you don't already have one. Shop online for best prices and check reviews. Also check sites such as Craigslist and eBay for quality used tables.
Empty unneeded items and furniture from the room and, if it isn't already a neutral or earthy color, paint it accordingly. Windows should have privacy blinds, and there should be a place for clients to put their clothing.
Install a dimmer switch on the overhead light and/or place a small lamp in a suitable location within the room. Avoid bright lighting when doing massage.
Hang a small mirror on the wall so that clients can check their appearance before they depart. Display your massage certification on the wall as well.
Install a quality music system that allows you to play quiet spa music during massages.
Place your table in the middle of the room and keep a supply of appropriate sheets and towels on hand for your clients' privacy and comfort. Make sure linens aren't pilled, worn or rough.
Set up a small table, counter or shelving unit nearby to hold your linens, oils and lotions.
Place aromatherapy candles, an oil diffuser or both within the room to induce feelings of well-being and relaxation.
Keep a supply of tissue within reach. Massage often causes stuffiness and runny noses. Bottled water is also a thoughtful consideration for clients.