The ancient Chinese tradition of feng shui can be broken down into ‘Feng’ meaning ‘air’ and ‘Shui’, meaning ‘water.’ The practice of feng shui is about arranging physical spaces, such as our homes and workplaces, to create balance and harmony.
According to feng shui, you can use an energy map or ‘Bagua’ to observe the natural flow of energy throughout a physical space. Bagua means ‘eight areas’, and each of the eight areas relates to a different aspect of life, for example, family, career, travel and wealth, each with corresponding shapes, colours, seasons, numbers, and elements. The middle area on the map represents the person or people who occupy the space, i.e. you, your clients and employees.
Why Feng Shui?
Your clients attend your spa looking to relax, unwind and re-energise. Utilising feng shui principles can help them do this and enhance the experience you can offer in your spa. Consider each element carefully to give your clients the best possible experience.
Position and location
Positioning is a key aspect of feng shui principles, so it’s crucial to carefully consider where to place your spa’s pedicure chairs and other furniture, such as massage tables. Clients should always be able to see the door, as otherwise, they may be startled when someone enters, and this will prevent them from being able to relax. Massage tables should also be positioned to prevent the client’s head or feet from being directly in front of the door.
Treatment chairs and tables should also not be placed directly below overhead beams, such as ceiling beams, as these generate negative downward energy. You will also need to consider the placement of water fountains, as the element of water creates energetic movement, which may not be appropriate for treatment areas where you want clients to feel still and relaxed.
Colour is also a vital component of feng shui. The feng shui Bagua map has nine life areas, each with a different colour association. By selecting the areas you want to enhance, you can use the corresponding colour in your spa to help create a well-balanced space for your clients.
To enhance family harmony and upward growth, use colours like green, blue and teal. To attract wealth and abundance to your spa, purple is the colour you should use. Earthy tones like brown and yellow correspond to health.
White represents clarity and joy, whereas black relates to your career or path in life and deepens wisdom. Spiritual growth is represented by dark blue or indigo, red relates to passion and the heart, and using pink tones in your spa encourages softness, understanding and healing.
Decoration and ornaments
To maintain good energy flow and balance throughout your spa, you also need to think about any ornaments or décor. Clocks are seen as holding great power in feng shui, so their placement is critical. Don’t place clocks in rooms where you want clients to be able to relax, but if a clock is necessary, ensure it’s running on time and if it stops or breaks, remove it immediately to prevent a build-up of stagnant ‘chi’ or energy.
Use appropriate artwork to decorate the walls but think carefully about any landscapes in paintings, as according to feng shui, water scenes represent masculine energy, so can affect the overall balance of a room. You should also utilise objects that can represent the five feng shui elements of wood, fire, water, earth, and metal.