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Incorporating Feng Shui into your Medical Practice

Natassja Wynhorst

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Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese practice of which is used as an intriguing strategy for achieving optimal health. This approach is believed to be beneficial to modern day Medical Practices and Clinics as it acts as a defense to the modern time pressures, economic imperatives and administrative commotions. When incorporated into the design of your Practice, it can be used as a powerful tool for restoring the sanctity and humanity of the healing process and improving the overall working environment. The concept essentially is the art of arranging objects, colours, lighting and sounds to create a life-enhancing surrounding.

The Flow of your Practice

Encompassed in the belief of Feng Shui, your Clinic should have an unobstructed flow from the very entrance to each main room. This notion is suggested to deliver good luck. It also resonates in Interite Healthcare Interiors strong encouragement and incorporation of way-finding signage to provide clear directions and avoid lingering clients hindering the flow.

The Natural Environment

Incorporating plants into the design of a Practice instils vibrancy and positive energy. This is also said for the outside landscape of the building, which is said to purify the air. One main element of this that must be remembered, is that all plants must be well cared for and look healthy to have its desired effect.

The Importance of Colour

Natural and muted tones assist in bringing tranquillity to the Practice and in mitigating aggressive behaviours, which stands true to the goal of all Practices design visions. When utilising the brighter colour palettes, such bright yellows and reds, it tends to promote extreme energy seeking behaviours and irritation. The colour theories enveloped in the Feng Shui approach also suggests staying clear of utilising browns, dark greys and blacks as it creates an emotionally draining and depressed atmosphere.

The Placement of Furnishings

Rooms within the Practice must be clutter-free with the integration of scenic images. The approach of Feng Shui sees sharp edges on furniture as ‘poison arrows’ pointing to people and is recommended to be avoided. Examination beds within a Practice are encouraged to have their head at the far end of the room, with the feet not pointing directly at the door to not resemble how a ‘corpse is removed at death.’ If this cannot be avoided, blocking the path by using a curtain or table at the end of the bed is suggested.

The Seating Arrangements

The placement of seating is critical, especially in the waiting room. It is believed that seating should have their backs facing a wall, rather than an open doorway or window. If this is unavoidable in larger waiting rooms, it is advised to incorporate the placement of a partition behind the chairs in order to mitigate the feeling of exposure and vulnerability.

There are many more beliefs and notions within the approach of Feng Shui and its incorporation into design and construction of, not only homes but Medical Practices and Clinics. Interite Healthcare Interiors value the beliefs behind it and endeavours to assimilate it in projects to restore the working environments.

Contact Interite Healthcare Interiors today to learn how you can create a positive, tranquil and productive Clinic. 

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