Lois Corby tells us why at 28 years old she retrained and joined the stunning Soho Farmhouse Cowshed Spa!
What route did you take in?
I am particularly interested in the holistic, mind, body and soul aspect of being a therapist. I took the route of completing a Level 3 Complementary Therapies Diploma which took me one year and enabled me to become a qualified Massage Therapist, Reflexologist and Aromatherapist. I was concerned that I may not be able to secure a job in a spa as I was not beauty trained but I loved the look of the Cowshed Spa at Soho Farmhouse and I loved their ethos of natural, essential oil based products. I needn’t have worried as the spa is very massage based and so I had my interview and got a job here as a Spa Therapist very soon after qualifying. Since qualifying I have been supported by Cowshed to complete Beauty Facial and Deep Tissue massage diplomas which is amazing. I’m very committed to developing my skill set and Cowshed are supportive of this.
What is an average day life for you?
We all arrive at the spa in the morning to set up together, this is a good opportunity to catch up with your colleagues whilst you work to get the spa rooms ready for a day of treatments. We will check what the day looks like in terms of the different treatments and make sure we have enough hot towels, products etc. Each person has their own column of treatments which we can check on throughout the day. A hot lunch is provided (for free!) and a great day for me is when I get a nice mix of treatments; massages, reflexology and facials. It’s a fast-paced day where we all work hard but for me I like being busy, and as long as I’m organised I don’t find it stressful at all. It is so great meeting all the different guests and members who come to the spa and to get the opportunity to help them by providing relaxation, and making tailored recommendations of products that they may find useful.
Tell us about a good day, an unusual story/a day that wasn’t normal and why it was memorable?
The best days for me are when you make a real connection with the guest and they tell you they feel so much better and happier following a treatment. I have had quite a few days like this, where guests will open up to you about how they’re feeling, what they’ve been struggling with and what they need help with. It’s amazing to be able to tailor a treatment to their specific need on that day, whether it be a reflexology which aims to reduce stress or anxiety, a massage to help invigorate and leave them feeling energised, a deep tissue massage to help address an ache or pain that’s been troubling them for months or a facial to help them to manage an ongoing skin issue that’s made them feel less confident. It’s a really rewarding job that allows you to be creative with your treatment style so that you can give a personalised treatment to each guest and make recommendations that will help them not only on the day but after they have left the spa too.
Tell us about your working environment, is it inspirational, picturesque, unusual?
The Cowshed spa is a beautiful place to work, my favourite place is upstairs, in amongst the single treatment rooms is a big window where you can see over to the hot tubs on what we call ‘the island’, there’s a big lake and you can see some wildlife if you’re lucky. It’s really stunning! I’ve been here a year now and I still don’t get tired of that view!
What would you be doing if you weren’t doing this?
At this point I can’t see myself doing anything other than this for the foreseeable future, I love being a spa therapist and the hours mean I’m able to do some treatments at home in between workdays too!
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