When deciding on whether I need any heating in a room for massage the first test I apply is, “would I be comfortable in the room without clothes?” If not, I certainly need some heating. The second test is whether or not the coconut oil I use for massage is virtually liquid at room temperature. If it is, I am certain that I don’t need heating though I have to bear in mind that I do have some clients who feel the cold much more than others including myself do. I have two clients with chronic fatigue syndrome who need the room noticeably warmer than I would normally have it and one requires an extra blanket over parts of the body not being worked on.
I also have a few other clients who like the room much warmer though this year I have had days when even they haven’t required any heating and the coconut oils has been completely liquid.
This can be more of an issue when seeing clients in their own home. Many of those I know who do this have had the experience of clients not realising that they need the temperature higher than they normally have it when moving about the house fully clothed. I only rarely do home visits and have not experienced problems to date, possibly because those who keep their houses at the temperature I remember growing up are actually the minority these days. (The advice to serve red wine at room temperature comes from a time when room temperature was often 2-3C lower than it is today!
Use of the woodstove when I require room heating at home ensures warm towels as well which many clients find comforting. At the clinic in central Cambridge, a radiator performs the same function if to my mind aesthetically less pleasing!