BodyWorks, Fitness & Massage Therapy
Covent Garden, Westminster, LONDON, CITY OF
I am a fully qualified Holistic Therapist, currently running my own holistic health and wellbeing business from Camden Town in London. I spent many years working in the beauty industry before making the leap into self employment. We also run a weekly practice in Covent Garden at Good Vibes studios.
I am a sole trader, and the proprietor of BodyWorks, Fitness & Massage Therapy and during the years running this business have built a large clientele in the Greater London area, as well as a base of corporate clients for whom we provide corporate and event massage services.
Prior to starting BodyWorks I was working in the beauty, health and wellbeing industry and learnt a lot about the running of my business through my time at these beauty havens. I like to think that I offer something different, in that I like to be able to really connect with my clients; finding that the conveyor belt feel in salons and spas can often be counter productive to relaxation, I prefer to be able to offer my clients a much more relaxed environment in which they can take their time without feeling rushed.
We offer a friendly, highly professional service, and believe that mental and physical wellbeing go hand in hand, transforming the way people feel and restoring balance. All this contributes towards BodyWorks being ranked ranked at number 1 in the UK masseur category on Freeindex for the last two years.
I am also a member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists: the largest and leading professional association for therapists in the UK and Ireland.
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BodyWorks, Fitness & Massage Therapy
What do you love most about your job?
The satisfaction that I get from seeing people who have previously had immobile joints due to muscular issues, or aches and pains that I have managed to remove is the most amazing feeling!
What inspired you to start your own business?
Having worked in salons and spas, realising that as long as you work for somebody else your life is never truly your own. You are committed to working a schedule someone created for you, and ultimately doing things the way someone else has decided they should be done. Personally, seeing the way things work in the beauty havens I have worked in, I do not like it. As a Holistic therapist the conveyor belt feeling of 'one in, one out' to the massage therapists is not how it should be.
Why should our clients choose you?
Having extensively studied body science I know the human body inside and out, however any idiot can learn anatomy and physiology. People should choose me because I do truly care; I genuinely love what I do, and have a commitment to ensuring each and every client leaves having achieved the desired result, but also feeling on top of the world!
Deep Tissue Massage
You ache; your muscles are tight, tense and knotted up; You need a deeper massage to sort out those underlying muscular problems - This is the type of massage you need. Great for deep and persistent muscular aches and pains, and perfect for all you gym junkies and sports lovers. Deep tissue massage works layer by layer through connective tissue and muscles down to the deepest accessible layers to change posture and create freedom of movement. It is worth mentioning that Deep tissue massage is not for relaxation, and should not be booked for a relaxing session. Some elements of the massage can be a little on the painful side, and may still be felt up to 48 hours after treatment, however will do the muscles the world of good in the longer term. During a deep tissue session I use my thumbs, forearms, fsits and elbows to stretch each muscle and fascia layer by layer. For best results a deep tissue massage is best booked as a 90 minute session for the whole body.
Swedish Full Body Massage is also commonly referred to as a Classic or Traditional Massage and is the most common form of full body massage treatment. Treatments can last between one or two hours and can include parts or the body as a whole. A Swedish massage can be tailored to fit your needs; it can be as deep or as light as you like, and we can use essential oils if you wish to create an aromamassage (not quite aromatherapy, but still working with the sense of smell during the session) Why have a Swedish Massage? A Swedish Full Body Massage employs effleurage (long, gliding stokes) accompanied by petrissage (kneading), friction (cross fiber) and vibration/shaking to benefit the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, lymphatic and nervous systems. The functions of the skin, respiratory system, digestive system and the urinary tract will also be improved. Indeed a Swedish Full Body Massage offers a whole range of physiological and psychological benefits and is the perfect way to treat physical aches and pains and increase feelings of deep relaxation and inner happiness.
Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine that focusses on the sense of smell by utilising essential oils to bring about different effects. The first mention of aromatherapy in history was in 1910, when a French chemist named René-Maurice Gattefossé who used Lavender oil to heal a burnt hand. Each oil has it's own scent, and properties (for example, tea tree is anti microbial and is great on an acneic or oily skin; Lavender is healing and can heal fresh scars) When blended with a base oil these essential oils can have an amazing effect on whole body (physically, physiologically and psychologically) After your consultation I will gather the oils required for your treatment and blend them - we will begin with inhalation of the blend, followed by gentle massage, using the chosen oils to create different effects. Pressure point massage will help to release tension, your choice of essential oils will awaken your senses and the whole treatment will leave you feeling revitalised. Aromatherapy sessions may only be booked at least 24 hours in advance, and require a consultation prior to treatment to allow for selection and blending of required oils (this can be a telephone consultation and is to ascertain the reasons for treatment). Please note that we do not stock a full range of oils at all times, so feel free to bring your own, or mention in advance if there is a particular scent you would like for your treatment.
Sales (Ireland & N.Ireland)
International Institute for Anti Ageing
From July 2010 to December 2010.
Sales of Environ Vitamin enriched skincare, Jane Iredale mineral cosmetics & ANP supplements, up selling and cross selling to improve sales and looking after our Irish client base. Liaising with our team on the road in Ireland, to push the brands forward and to maximise sales potential, whilst actively following up new leads.
Receptionist/ Bookings Agent
Urban Retreat at Harrods
From June 2008 to August 2010.
Working at the forefront of the beauty industry in London with some of the worlds most prestigious brands. During my time at UR I worked as a receptionist and a contact centre agent. A five star service was expected at all times during these roles. Extensive training was given continuously in luxury brands and the treatments offered within the salon to enable the upselling of treatments and products, and was expected with each client. The clientele included Londons elite, and were require to deal with people from all backgrounds on a daily basis, including celebrities and beauty writers for publications such as vogue and Harpers Bazaar. As a receptionist at Urban Retreat I was at the forefront in the salon, and immaculate presentation was a must. During my time as a receptionist I would be responsible for the checking in and out of clients, and also making future appointments in a very busy environment. As a contact centre agent I was based behind the scenes, dealing with appointments and enquiries over the phone, managing schedules for therapists and stylists and effectively rearranging appointments during the event of illness or absence.
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