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Why Your Cardio Equipment Is the Heart of Your Health Club

This is an IHRSA featured post, brought to you by Spirit Fitness.

The Urban Dictionary, that online anthology of streetwise slang and meme culture, has an entry simply titled: “Don’t be gentle, it’s a rental.” This is a reference to a certain type of consumer attitude about the disposable nature of rental cars: “I don’t own it, so why care about it?” 

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6 Things to Consider Before Adding a Spa to Your Health Club

The following post was written by April Smith, spa manager at The Ocean Reef Club, for our Best Practices series.

Question: We’re thinking of adding a spa treatment room to our facility. What fundamental things do we need to know in order to create the right atmosphere and ensure the spa’s success?

April Smith: The good news is adding a spa room doesn’t have to be expensive or complex. The main thing to keep in mind is that you want it to be a tranquil, relaxing space that’s comfortable for both the client and the service provider. Here are some important guidelines to consider:

Consideration #1: Size

Many spa rooms are either 10' x 14' or 12' x 14', which translates to 140 to 168 square feet. A typical massage table measures 72" x 30", but a face cradle can add up to 12" to the length.

You’ll need to make sure there’s at least 3' of space around each side of the table, as well as a treatment chair for the service provider. Of course, there should be room for the door of the room to open and close. You’ll also need space for a cabinet to store linens, treatment supplies, a sink with counter space, a comfortable chair for clients to sit on while taking off their shoes, and clothing hooks fastened to the wall.

Consideration #2: Flooring

The best choices include wood, vinyl tile, or cushioned flooring, rather than a hard surface, such as marble or ceramic tile. Keep in mind that your clients will be barefoot, so the floor shouldn’t be cold or slippery. Avoid carpet, as it can be easily stained and is hard to change out. Instead, try a nice, soft area rug that will create a warm feeling, and can be cleaned without difficulty.

Consideration #3: Lighting and décor

Lighting should operate by means of a dimmer, and not be positioned directly above the massage table. If there’s a window, add some kind of window covering or a blackout curtain.

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Are you planning on attending these convention sessions?

I am writing a few stories on IHRSA 2013 sessions. I am talking to the presenter and then hope to talk to a few IHRSA members who plan on attending that discussion.  

If anyone would like to talk for the following, please e-mail  

  • Scott Gillespie's "Discovering What Makes You Special, Finding Your Secret Sauce," March 20, 1:30 p.m.(Marketing and Operations track). I would need to talk to you by Feb. 20, noon EST.
  • Bruce Carter's "Wave of the Future - Trends in Club Design," March 21, 1:30 p.m. (Marketing and Operations). I would need to talk by Feb. 27, noon.
  • Scott Lewandowski's "Maximizing the Effectiveness and Profitability of Your Personal Training Team," March 19, 3:45 p.m. (Fitness and Pers Training). I would need to talk by Feb. 27, noon.