I used to work in a salon/spa. It was a beautiful place. The problem? It was designed by the owners, who had never even had a massage in their life.
The massage room was back by the break room. The entire place had beautiful ceramic tile floors. Beautiful, noise-carrying, ceramic tile floors.
During every massage, not only could I hear the conversations happening in the break room, but the constant sound of the hair stylists high heels clicking on the tile floor. (How they could work all day on their feet in heels is beyond me! But that's a whole 'nother blog post...)
The noise drove me nuts. But never mind me... the real problem? It was bothering my clients, too.
While I didn't end up staying there long enough to bother with trying for a solution, I figured there are many other therapists out there in possible similar situations.
While I'm no expert on soundproofing, here's some ideas on how to semi-soundproof your massage room, or at least make the noise less noticeable. (Without breaking the bank.)
I like the concept in this video. Remember, you don't have to do every wall, or every part of the walls, to make a difference.
I know what you're thinking... why would I want foam covered walls? But, you could get creative.
One solution to hide the foam is these awesome curtain panels from IKEA. This therapist has a layer of blue fabric in the back, and then a few decorative panels in front for a cool look.
Both the curtains and the curtain panels would not only hide the foam, but add texture and visual interest to your room.
If you don't want to do the foam/cover up approach and don't mind investing a little more material and labor, another way to do some soundproofing is with Green Glue. Their site includes suggestions for soundproofing existing walls by adding a layer of drywall after using Green Glue.
So, this cuts down on the noise through the walls... but what about that ceramic floor? It's wise to invest in a rug for you room, with some thick padding.
Also, a soundproof door bottom. (who knew there was such a thing?)
If you're dealing with noise coming from windows, try some acoustic caulk.
Another approach is to create some white noise. Fountains are great for this. Or if you can't do a fountain, stream nature sounds - ocean waves, bubbling brook, thunderstorm, etc. or play an MP3 or CD in a continual loop.
The zenvi face cradle is a great way to have your massage music right at your clients level - so the main thing they will be focusing on is your wonderfully relaxing music.
Have you worked in noisy environments? What worked well for you to cut down on the noise level in your massage room?
Cindy Iwlew is co-founder of Bodywork Buddy Massage Software, a complete online management solution for independent massage therapists that includes online scheduling.
She continues to operate her own private massage practice of 13 years, and has been an associate instructor for Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy since 2007. www.BodyworkBuddy.com