Preparing your Work Area

While Indian Head Massage can be carried out with little equipment other than a chair, a therapist will usually be working in a treatment room specially set aside for the purpose of massage and other therapies.
• Size: The room you work in should be adequate in size and allow you to walk freely around your client.
• Decor: A therapy room should be relaxing and welcoming. The working area should preferably have a good supply of natural light. Tip – use a blind to temper strong natural light. When you do use artificial lighting it should not be too bright and should be indirect so that it does not shine into your client’s eyes. If you light candles always remember to extinguish them.’
• The floor should be of a material that is easily cleaned or vacuumed and is not slippery, noisy or cold.
• Temperature and ventilation: Your room must be warm enough for the client not to become chilled but not so warm that it’s uncomfortable for you to work. It should be ventilated to prevent it becoming stuffy. Tip: as the body cools very quickly during a massage a blanket or large towel should be on hand to cover the client if necessary.
• Hygiene: Always make sure that the room you’re working in is clean and tidy. Remember, first impressions last. If your toilet and the room it’s in are not clean it gives your client the wrong impression of you and could lead them to question your own hygiene practices.
• Music: Always check with your client if they’d like to have music playing during the therapy. There are many specialist relaxation CD’s available to accompany massage and other therapies. Don’t try to match the rhythm of the music as you work as this will inevitably lead to a less than satisfactory experience for your client. Tip: why not suggest that your client bring their own choice of music to relax to.
• Refreshments: Always offer your client a drink before leaving. Chilled water, fruit juices or herbal tea are all suitable.
• Aftercare: Remember to verbally run through aftercare advice with your client and give them these on paper to take away with them.