I’ve noticed a bit of a rise in client numbers in the natural health practice I work at, particularly for acupuncture and massage treatments. I’m gathering that this is to do with the end of the year – maybe people are into sprucing themselves up for Christmas, or want to detox after a bit too much partying. Who knows?

One thing I do know is that there are too many people in here, or at least the people who are in here could be better organised. My main issue is a sense that there’s a lack of privacy. Maybe it’s time for us to rethink the arrangement of the space. Part of the problem, as I see it, is that the glass panels that separate the various treatment rooms are too transparent, which manifests as a feeling of the place being packed out when there’s totally enough room.

I’m just thinking aloud here, but one solution may be to install some decorative window film. For glass office partitions, this seems like a good way of increasing privacy while minimising the need to reshuffle the placement of everything. This would have the added benefit of establishing more of a visual character in the office, which I think could be a more inspiring environment than it currently is. To be honest, I don’t know why this hasn’t already been done; the transparent panels really don’t make any sense for a business that offers treatments like massage.

While we’re at it, I think we could stand to look into commercial glass tinting for our street-facing reception area. We want some natural light in the space, but I believe that some of our clients would value a bit of privacy there as well as in the treatment rooms. Not to mention the fact that it can get pretty heavy on the UV rays and glare over summer.

I’m definitely onto something here. Now to get everyone else on board in a timely manner… it’ll be midwinter again soon enough!