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The other day I hopped onto a FaceTime call with my Veterinary client and visionary, Dr. Sulis, who needed some design support with her treatment room #1 that, as she put it, “felt uncomfortable and just not right.”

I took one look at the space and understood the source of the problem. The furniture in the room was hugging the walls, creating a vacuum of emptiness in the center.

Anytime I see this type of layout I know the emotion of anger and fear are present.

To explain this more clearly, I like to refer to Dr. Masura Emoto’s work with water and energy.

The Japanese researcher explored his belief that water could react to positive thoughts and words, and that polluted water could be cleaned through prayer and positive visualization.

For example, this is what water looks like under a microscope with the words love and gratitude taped to it:

And this is what water looks like under a microscope with the words anger and fear taped to it:

When I first saw the furniture layout of Dr. Sulis’s treatment room #1, it looked very similar to the shape water makes when associated with the word or thought, angry.

Dr. Sulis was already intuitively feeling this without me saying a word.

After pointing this out and discussing various design solutions that fit within the clinic’s unique needs, we wrapped up our session.

My design homework for you today is this:

Next time you walk into one of your treatment or exam rooms, notice how the room feels in your body and ask yourself these questions:

1) Does your office, waiting room, treatment or exam room feel joyful and peaceful like the image of of water when it is attached to the word love and gratitude?

2) Or does it feel empty, lifeless and make you want to get out as quickly as you can?

If your answer is #2, the design of your healthcare space could be hurting your business.

Get the help you need to start transforming your medical office or other wellness space into an oasis your clients and patients will love:

With Love and Gratitude,