I began my career in massage when I started working as a receptionist in a therapy centre in Manchester a long time ago! As well as my admin role I was taught how to carry out treatments on the public, in order to fill in for the main therapists. I found out quickly how satisfying it was to ease out client’s tension and transform their mood with massage. I learnt a lot, and became qualified. Despite this, it was not a great place to work. My training, like on most massage courses, was solely focused on using my hands, and before long I developed wrist pain, a common cause of burnout for massage therapists. As well as this, I was paid terribly. I considered leaving but it was the recession, and I had no idea of how to work as a self employed massage therapist, it sounded too daunting. My training hadn’t included anything about how to set up a business. After a while I had had enough of massage, and worked a series of full time office jobs before saving up to go back to university to study languages.
But as you might have guessed, massage made its way back to me! Over the years I often encountered people in real need of treatment to remedy pain and low mood. The kind of treatment which gets people back to themselves and moving again. I also wanted absolute freedom in my working life after so much full time work. So after my degree I decided to go self employed as a massage therapist alongside teaching languages. However, I still lacked business know-how, and the skills to massage without causing myself hand and wrist pain.
But I improved. Along my journey into self employment, I picked up extra techniques and studied other therapists on how to massage using my forearms and elbows. These are firm and soothing moves which protect wrists and hands from overwork. So much easier! And I took more massage courses, as well as a business course, and paid for mentoring. This phase was a game changer.
I am grateful for going through this jagged learning curve with massage and business, because throughout the process I learnt how to do things properly. I started to make a lot more money, and have more free time and energy. And I got fired up to design a course my way. The type of course I would have wanted to take all those years ago. A course which teaches simple and effective moves, as well as tons of therapy business skills, so that you can make it big from day one, and keep going… without taking 15 years to work it out!
And why the Lakes? Ever since I can remember I loved leaving Manchester for days out to admire the greenery and peacefulness of the countryside. I focused on that ideal throughout my life, and I am extremely lucky to have recently been given the opportunity to live in the Lake District. I am overjoyed to be holding my workshops and courses in this refreshing, gorgeous place.
I look forward to showing you how rewarding, grounding and transformative massage can be.