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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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Wall finishes. Eco-friendly wall finishes include nontoxic paint, all-natural textured plasters and wallcoverings made from paper, grass, reed, silk or cotton. If you opt for wallcoverings at your spa, make sure that the installer uses a water-based, low-volatile organic compound (VOC) adhesive. Walls also should be well insulated to filter outside noise, as well as to ensure maximum privacy.

For rooms filled with eastern light, you can use any color palette. However, rooms that receive western light should incorporate cool green, blue or purple tones to offset the warmth and heaviness. Again, use soft hues with deeper values, and avoid colors that over-reflect or create visual vibrancy.

Wet rooms. For treatment areas designated for water services, recycled glass tiles are a beautiful wall alternative that is available in a variety of gorgeous styles, colors and sizes.

The transition zone

Upon entering this area, clients carry with them the energy of the outside world, along with their own emotional and physical baggage. This energy can be either frenetic or stagnant. The first few minutes spent in the space should be the beginning of the transformation to a healthy state.

This critical area of connection is the zone of transition, which should communicate to the mind, body and spirit on subliminal and overt levels that it is time to settle in and prepare for change. If the client is frantic, the space needs to help her slow down; her voice should drop to a quieter tone, her feet should begin to walk at a slower pace, and her breathing should become deeper and more deliberate.