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After my car accident many years ago I saw a physical therapist who I loved and appreciated dearly.

She was an expert in her field and got me through some of the hardest times during my recovery.

After several sessions, I started to notice her beautiful artwork and other design details (like her serene white stone Buddha statue).

I thought, “How could I have missed seeing these lovely pieces for so long?”

From my many years of Feng Shui training, I knew the answer almost immediately after I asked it.

There was simply too much “stuff” in her space and my brain would go into space-out mode every time I was there because I couldn’t focus or rest my eyes on any one area.

I felt overwhelmed.

After doing research on the science behind why this happens I discovered some interesting facts about having too much clutter in a space.

Simply put: our brains need space and balance.

Having the right balance in your healing practice involves intentionally leaving empty space vs. space that is occupied with furniture, artwork and other design elements.

Some environments can feel like you are standing in a bookstore in front of the massive magazine rack, overwhelmed by wall to wall visual stimulus and information.

There’s no visual “breathing room”.

A space like that feels like someone talking a mile a minute without pausing to take a breath.

It exhausts the listener because there’s nowhere the brain can rest–no space that’s intentionally left open and available.

I never shared this thought with my physical therapist at the time, but I wish I had.

I’ve wondered how it may have helped her understand the importance of her healing space and maybe even inspired her to make changes… and ultimately how that may have made a difference in my recovery journey and others in her practice.

My point? One of the biggest secrets to creating a healing space you and your patients love and adore is simple.

Make sure you have enough breathing room in your space so the brain doesn’t get overwhelmed.

Decorate different areas with plenty of empty space around them so the brain can rest. Aka… clear your clutter.

Try this 30-second experiment:

Quickly look around your office or healing space, waiting room, or exam room.

Do you see a bunch of mush or are your eyes able to rest on each area as you scan across the scene? How does your body feel?

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With Heart,