The principle of the calming room is to create an environment where outside distractions are removed and visual and audio aids are introduced to promote relaxation and contemplation. Unlike the sensory room, a calming room’s objective is not to stimulate, but to provide a gentle path to mental escape. If the client leaves the room calmed and relaxed or even better falls asleep, then room has done its job.
The calming room should be introduced to the client before they become stressed and needing time out. Introduce them to the calming room as somewhere they can go to escape and have some time alone to relax.
There should be a viewing widow into the room. So you can check the client is not in need of assistance. You could install a small window of one way mirrored glass into the door, so that the client can be checked on at regular timed intervals with out disturbing them
A calming session would start with the client entering the room which is lit with normal white light and has a high quality ”surround sound” system already playing calming sensory music (We provide the music). After a few minutes the white light will begin to dim and gentle coloured lighting will take over. This lighting will gently blend through every colour of the rainbow, (an amazing 65,000 colours). The transition of colours is so slow that it is barely perceivable. The colour mixing lighting will be reflected onto all walls and the ceiling (As shown on the pictures above.). For this purpose the room should be decorated in either white or magnolia and should not feature coloured stripes or patterned wallpaper. The colour mixing lighting is interspersed with additional calming effects provided by “Bubble Screens” and “image projectors”. The room is programmed so that nothing happens quickly and one effect gently blends into another. At the end of the session the effects lighting slowly dims down as the white lighting dims up, this can take up to ten minutes. The music should not be stopped until after the client has left the room.
It is important that the client is not suddenly removed from a relaxed state by the interruption of sudden bright lighting, or loud music or personal contact (except where absolutely necessary). It is also important that the client should not feel that they are being forced into the calming room and is far better to allow one client to inform another how pleasant it is or allow them to just try it when they are not stressed.
The control system allows you to set a calming session in increments from 10 minutes to an hour and also has the facility for a session with no time limit. It is also possible to slowly fade up the white lights at any point to interrupt a timed session when necessary without destroying the calmed state.
Why not contact us to discuss your Calming Room project? We will be happy to talk with you and provide a free quotation.