Relax – – Rewind – – Regenerate Part 1

In terms of creating spa spaces, the key is differentiating from a client’s current conditions and surroundings. We want to create an environment that is conducive to a more relaxed experience that is reinforced throughout the whole spa treatment. What we do is try to change the whole physiognomy or the context of the space so that an individual can basically check their working or stressed life at the door and then transition to an experience or space that is just much more supportive of a relaxed, regenerative kind of mood. The rooms that we create are very different, incorporating as many of the senses as possible; an integration of serenity and calm.

 

Robert Henry, http://www.rdh-architects.com, describes various design features to bring relaxation into the home.

 

One of the things that is instantly important is to change the light level. In the hallway to the treatment area or rooms, or within your own home, we will drop the light level dramatically, helping the senses to become less stimulated. We create a focal point, at the end of the hall, that might be a water element or fire element, attracting  you, bringing you down the hallway to the treatment space.

 

We make things simple and reduce clutter so as to calm the mind and body. In the changing room a whole ritual takes place. Clients change into a robe and slippers, again creating this transition from their stressed out working life into a more relaxed condition. In the treatment room we provide a place for someone to sit down; a therapist can offer the client tea. With some of our projects, we offer a warm towel to cleanse their face and hands or a bowl of water where they can soak their feet and receive a foot massage. It’s amazing how people instantly respond to that.

 

Creating the tranquil space is really creating a psychological shift within the environment from where the client is coming from to where they are going. We mentioned adjusting the light levels, we integrate aromatherapy with calming music and eliminate distractions. Sometimes people prefer diffused light, other times they want a complete blackout and complete silence. It’s about tailoring and creating a room that provides flexibility and allows personalization. It fosters a “cocooning” environment, in which one feels safe, secure and relaxed.

 

 

Robert Henry

roberthenry@rdh-architects.com

www.rdh-architects.com

212.533.4145