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How much stuff are you going to keep in your room besides your table? You need enough room to walk around your table.
If your table is 3 by 7 you will need at least an extra 3 feet on either side just to walk around. That means you need at least a 6 by 10 room. Now if you have extra stuff in the room you need extra space for them as well. Figure 1 to 2 feet extra. You can however add that to the 6 ft side. Now it becomes a 7 by 10 room or an 8 by 10 room that you need. Depending upon how big you are you might be able to get away with 2 feet on each side instead of 3 feet. You can add 1 or 2 feet in any direction on top of that.
Any bigger though and the room starts looking too big. A bigger room also can make things awkward as you may have to leave the client move around to much to get hot stones or anything else you might keep on shelf or counter space.
that sounds about right if your looking for the reasonably smallest room you can have. It really depends on what your going to use the room for. You might think about having some small rooms, and a few a little bigger. That will give you some flexibility if you change your mind about things later on.
Treat your therapists well and they will stay. Scrimp on room size and your have higher turnover every time. Make your rooms bigger than the franchise if at all possible.
If you like their room size (and the way ME makes use of their space), just take a tape measure next time you go in to look around.
to big of a room isn't any good either. You end up having to spend more time walking from one side of the room to the other.
Figure out what your going to put in your room first. then figure out how much space you need. Just because a certain size space works for someone else, doesn't mean it will work for you.
"to big of a room isn't any good either. You end up having to spend more time walking from one side of the room to the other. "
I am pretty sure Albert is not looking to have "bigger" rooms.
But, I am curious now. What is your idea of a room that is too big? I have a 16x17 room for for my secondary office, and I really do love it. A minute here or there to walk from one side of a room to another isn't really that much of an issue, is it? And, who is meandering about when they have a client on the table? I don't find this to be an issue in my personal practice. But, maybe you have run across something else?
I have run across as few really big rooms. I admit that it could just be me. The clinic I trained in had some real small rooms.
As far ad meandering about I look at it this way. If you have hot stones, or other equipment you need to make sure your all set up at the very beginning for the session. Even then you may need extension cords or something else running along the floor which could pose trip hazards.
When looking for a room I know you sometimes also have to take what ever is available. You don't always have the ability to choose.
We all do different things with our massage practice. We all have different needs and issues to address. Room size and what we do in it is just one of those things among many.