This will be a little different then what you may be expecting.
“How so?” you ask.
Well, let me get right to it.
Energy efficiency, as it pertains to this post, is about how efficiently we use energy from our body in our daily life.
How efficiently do you use your body’s energy?
Ah, now you see where I am going with this, right?
Still confused, let me continue then...
In my work establishment, I have my implements, equipment and furniture set up in such a fashion that I expend the least amount of physical energy running around looking for things I need to do my job.
I am thereby conserving energy for more important things - the actual “working on a client” part of my day to be exact.
In fact, my energy efficiency is one of the things most remarked about by my clients. (next to my charm, wit and wickedly honed sense of humour)
My ability to utilize my space as efficiently as I do results in my energy being spent at a leisurely pace whereby I never appear frazzled! (frazzled - tsk, tsk - not a good look, and if you’ve ever seen a frazzled little worker bee you know what I mean)
In the last decade and a half we have seen the invasion of the “body spas” - no, not body snatchers - although in some ways it is the same.
They snatch your body and do all kinds of “good for you” things and when you get your body back it’s definitely lighter, by about five hundred dollars.
The lack of energy efficiency, again relative to how a body needs to move around these “designer” establishments is, for me, shocking!
Yes, shocking! (I know, I’m as surprised as you to read this)
This inefficient use of energy may not be apparent to you - the person getting the pampering.
But, if you are the provider of a service, in the beauty industry, you need to be aware of the energy expended on all the little things you do (sometimes needlessly) before you even start a service.
As I listen to clients, that have been gifted with a visit to a “spa”, what most intrigues me is how inconvenient they find the layouts of these “designer spas” to be.
FYI - just because a beauty salon has running water does not give it the right to be called a “spa” - because then every bathroom could be called a spa - even your main floor two piece powder room.
Now when your guests come over you can show them your “spa” - and trust me, some “spa” treatment rooms (because everything is a treatment) are just about as big! (read "small")
A “spa” visit, in nutshell:
The visit starts with a trip to the change room, and some time spent in a waiting area, then down a hall to the pedicure cubicle, next it’s off to the manicure area, then up the stairs-around the corner-past the linen closet-down a long corridor to the facial area.
Ah, how relaxing and peaceful - now let’s do the route in reverse so you can get back into your clothes and pay for that treat - and hopefully not ruin your polish in the process. (horror stories abound - wait for “H”)
So, now that the client has spent more time on their feet then off, my question is, “How’s that working for you?” - “You happy?” - “Feeling pampered?” - “Revitalized and full of energy?”
And what about that little worker bee...who’s been on the journey with you but doing the work while you get that much deserved pampering from head to toe?
This is were I come in...Miss Energy Efficiency herself! The idea of expending energy so inefficiently is beyond my scope - therefore I do everything in two rooms, side by side, very functional but very relaxing, comfortable and appealing.
And as an added bonus there is no additional staff or clientele loitering around during your time - just you, me and the pampering.
It’s all about expending energy efficiently - and as I sit here typing - my phone - a plate of freshly baked peanut butter cookies - my stereo remote and my glass of milk (yes milk) are all within arms reach - no need to waste valuable energy when I still need to finish this post.
And you, how is your energy efficiency working for you these days?