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You may not have experienced this directly, but if you haven’t, I bet you know someone who has.

You walk into a space—someone’s home, a restaurant, an office, a public building, a hospital or a private healthcare practice—and you feel easily overwhelmed by such things as bright lights, strong smells, coarse fabrics or sirens nearby.

You get rattled when you have a lot to do in a short amount of time and you make a point of avoiding violent movies and TV shows.

You also notice or enjoy delicate or fine scents, tastes, sounds, or works of art.

These types of traits in a human are defined by Dr. Eliane N. Aron in her book: “Highly Sensitive People” as those of a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP).

According to Dr. Aron’s definition, “The HSP has a sensitive nervous system, is aware of subtleties in her (or his) surroundings, and is more easily overwhelmed when in a highly stimulating environment.”

And we (yes, I’m an HSP) make up 15 to 20 percent of the population in this country – that’s fifty million people in the United States.

When humans feel unwell (even those people who are not HSP’s) we become extra sensitive to stimulus and the environment around us.

That’s why the healing space you provide for your healthcare practice is so dang important.

It affects all of us, not just HSP’s.

Your practice is not simply a place of beauty and decoration.

It is an aesthetically pleasing environment that helps everyone feel more peaceful, comfortable and relaxed while being there.

Your healing environment (when designed using evidence-based and holistic design principles) has been shown to decrease pain and fatigue and increase relief, hope and optimism.

Your space can be one the biggest supporters of your work.

It can help you take your patients to a place of deeper healing and create a memorable experience for everyone.

It’s also good for business.

Here is what one of my clients shares:


“I know our business would not have taken off nearly as quickly without the design element—everything about the space makes you want to be there, and it’s great for business.” —Alison Loercher, LAc Acupuncturist, The Vital Compass

Get started with the redesign of your wellness space now by choosing a new paint color for your walls. I show you how here:

Cheerfully Yours,