Creating Spa Spaces- RDH Architects NYC

The key to creating spa spaces 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. We try to change the entire 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 much more supportive of a relaxed, regenerative kind of mood. The rooms we create are very different, incorporating as many senses as possible and integrating serenity and calm.


Robert Henry,, describes various design features to bring relaxation into the home.


One of the instantly essential things 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 and bringing you down the hallway to the treatment space.


We make things simple and reduce clutter 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 provide 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 incredible how people instantly respond to that.


Creating a tranquil space is making a psychological shift within the environment from where the client is coming from to where they are going. We mentioned adjusting the light levels, integrating aromatherapy with calming music, and eliminating distractions. Sometimes people prefer diffused light, and 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