I write this in reply to an enquiry about the best way to place your couch / chair when in practice. This information is provided according to my years in practice in Reflexology / energy techniques and also 7 years training in Feng Shui – hope it helps you decide where to place you and your client.  A few thoughts and tips!

The placement of the client’s couch/ recliner and your practitioner chair are important and are often dictated by the size, shape and style of the room. If you are lucky enough to be able to create your own designed space then I hope this information helps.

The most auspicious (favourable) direction is actually about the principle relationship with the chair/couch and the door.  There are certain styles that dictate variants according to N /S /E / W etc however (as in reflexology) there are many different styles.  Essentially (according to all my training and experience) much is common sense however there are some factors that can really increase the commanding position of the client’s and your space. The better the energy / chi, the better for everyone in the room.

Generally create the harmonious atmosphere by placing it with the best mutual views. Remember that ideally both you and the client have great views or uplifting things to look at. Protect your own energy / chi while you are working and do your best to place the client in the most auspicious location.  You are in the room for potentially a whole day and so the state of you and your energy is of paramount importance in order to help each and every client, so thinking especially about your view and what you can see and feel whist treating is essential.

Notice the position, placement and proximity of the door

Be as far away as possible from the door. This helps the people in the room to gain a distance from issues and improve their outlook on life. Encourages relaxation and reduces stress.

Both parties have the widest view of the room ie an unblocked view in order to have free flowing chi and also know you can see the door. Being able to see the door helps clients as their relaxation is compromised by a restricted view (subconsciously they wonder who or what is at the door or who is coming in. When both parties can see the door then both relaxes and the best treatment follows.

Never place clients in a direct line of the door (as in a straight line from their head, down their spine, legs, feet and door).

Ideally avoid having a client with their heads under a window. It causes stress to the kidneys (house of fear). Also have space either side of the couch or chair to encourage the chi / energy flow around the client.

Always ensure you (practitioner) can see the room and door way so do not sit with your back to the door otherwise you will feel vulnerable and will not be able to fully connect to your client whilst being on the alert for your safety (resulting in reduced capacity to truly ‘be there’ for your client).

Few other tips I have found helpful

  • no mirrors opposite the entry door of clinic space,
  • avoid having the couch/ chair in front of a corner that cuts into a room.
  • avoid working or sitting under beams if possible.

I’m having a go at doing some feng shui principles for students on what to do / look out for / remember etc for when you are setting up or re organising your home or clinic. Your query was timely and spurred me on to write a bit about what I have learned and found useful myself. It’s a massive subject and can be very confusing. I trained for over seven years in Feng Shui and still find there are still humungous amounts to learn!