Making Room for Therapy
It’s an exciting time here. Things are afoot. Happening.
Remember way back when, I wrote a list of things I wanted to do this year? One of those things was getting my Sound Therapy business up and running again. I posted an update about it a little while ago. Well, it’s time for another update. An exciting one. I have a therapy room all of my own. It’s been four months in the planning, but it’s finally finished!
Since April, when it became clear that I would be taking the opportunity to complete some training and upgrade my qualification to a PLDip, I’ve been planning a therapy room. Having somewhere to give treatments is obviously important! I used to offer a mobile service, where I would go to clients’ houses to give them treatments but for a number of reasons, that simply isn’t possible now. I could, of course, rent a room on an ad hoc basis, or even on a regular basis, but that tends to be an expensive option and would either eat up most of the hourly rate I charge clients, or force me to significantly increase my prices.
The solution I chose was to have my practice based at home. My house simply isn’t big enough to have a therapy room in it, so I’ve had a room built. That sounds rather grand, but I’ve not forked out for an extension! I called my shed man. We’ve used this company several times – for Stonelaughter’s workshop and for some storage sheds. He’s local (like less than a mile away), his sheds are custom-built, excellent quality and really good value.
You may wonder who on earth would want a therapy treatment in a shed, but stick with me on this. I talked to him about what I needed, got a price, went away to my course in April, happy in the knowledge that I would order it when I got back and have it delivered and erected the following week. Ha! That’s how it went when we last ordered a shed from him, some seven years ago. He’s got a bit busier since then, and when I came back in April to order my shed, the earliest date they could fit me in was the end of July! It was disappointing, but knew I wasn’t getting a better deal anywhere else even if they could deliver sooner, so we went ahead.
In the meantime, I spent time planning the interior and window shopping for what I needed, so when it did arrive, I would know exactly how I was going to decorate it. Good plan. It worked well.
Thankfully, delivery day was a dry day. I didn’t have to do anything – they sort everything. We went from this, the site for the new shed (you can see one of the other sheds we had from him in the background)
to a completed shed in about three hours.
and now the best bit. Turning this bare shed into a therapy room
The first job was insulating it. A shed is a shed if you’re just looking for storage, but if you want to work in it you need insulation. We made this mistake with mine and Stonelaughter’s workshops – they became unbearably hot in summer and frostbite inducingly cold in winter. That was clearly no good for a therapy room. Polystyrene sheeting is all it takes to solve that problem. Stonelaughter sorted that for me and it’s made a real difference – it has been noticeably cooler in here than in either our house or his workshop during this past week of very warm weather.
Next came the job of covering up all that insulation. It might be effective, but it’s ugly! Happily, having researched my options, I just had to nip to the curtain department in IKEA after lunch with friends and buy a billion packs of my chosen curtains, and 17 curtain poles! The curtains needed taking up almost a metre each. I decided to make things a little trickier though, by creating a loop for a curtain pole at the bottom of each curtain too, so that the curtains would be weighed down and hang straighter. Floaty curtains getting in my way as I treat clients was not what I wanted! This ought to have been a simple, if boring task, but my sewing machine decided not to cooperate and I spent an entire day trying to work out what the hell it was (or wasn’t) doing. I asked my friends on Facebook for advice and they didn’t disappoint. Taking each suggestion in turn, which essentially gave the machine a complete overhaul, I got the machine to work again. Job done. All those pieces of fabric I cut off the curtains didn’t go to waste – they were a great size to line the roof, which has also been insulated.
Flooring was next. The shed (actually, by now it’s really a room) is neither a standard length or width and so finding a rug was difficult. Finding one big enough to cover any substantial amount of the floor area was also waaaay out of my budget. Thankfully, I found some baskets (IKEA again) full of small rugs, tiny really and with my floor measurements to hand and some quick mental maths, I realised that together, ten of them would cover almost the entire floor, for a mere fifteen quid! I rummaged through four baskets of them to find ten in the same shade. Having lots of rugs is clearly not ideal – the risk of tripping increases for one thing, but I had a plan. At home, I cut the fringes off every rug, and ordered some industrial strength Velcro pads (and they really are strong). I wanted to be able to stick the rugs down securely, but I also wanted to be able to remove them because – they’re machine washable! I think it’s worked well.
All that was left was to get the instruments in! Oh, and decide on a piece of furniture – I need a table to put the Himalayan bowls on during a treatment, since juggling them and playing them at the same time is hard work! I actually decided on a cupboard so I could store bowls, percussion, blank paperwork etc and after a long search (it had to be the right width and not too deep, which severely limited options), it arrived yesterday. Stonelaughter assembled it and together we filled the room with it, my therapy couch, gong stands, gongs, bowls, percussion …. It is ready.
Plum and I recently bought a Goddess water feature, which we had not yet found a home for. She now sits outside the door of the therapy room. There will be some healing crystals in there in the next few days, but for now Plum gave her an offering of some flowers.
All that remains to be done is to put up my certificates inside the room, and commission a beautiful sign for the outside. Oh and welcome the first client, which will hopefully be next week. Earthtones Sound Therapy is open for business!