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Spa Design: From the Outside In, Part 2

By: Lyn Falk
Posted: June 23, 2008, from the May 2006 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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Lighting. Brightness levels should be soft, yet provide enough illumination for the pupils to avoid dilation in darker environments. For external lighting, a pleasant outdoor view always is appreciated, as long as the sun’s hot rays are screened out during the day. The most favorable light comes from the east and is full of vibrant energy. Western light exudes a more calming influence and is warmer and more subdued. Use window treatments to filter light during different times of the day.

When it comes to artificial light, bring in soft incandescent floor and table lamps to create subtle ambiance. Recessed metal halides or ceiling fluorescents give off brighter illumination on cloudy days or nights, or when a visual examination of a client’s skin is necessary. Even though fluorescents are energy efficient, they are not healthy light sources because they often cause headaches, fatigue and stress. Be conservative with their use, and make sure they are full-spectrum.

Linens. Go with organic cotton in soft hues when choosing textiles that will touch clients’ skin. When washing or drying linens, do not use laundry products that contain added synthetic perfumes.

Noises. Remove unsettling noises, and introduce soothing environmental sounds or soft music with gentle, rhythmic beats.

Textiles. Soft textures, such as carpet, upholstered seating, pillows and fabric window treatments, will absorb unavoidable noise that can occur on a daily basis.