Most people knew what they wanted to be from an early age and I envied that. I had no clue! When I really thought about it, I wanted to be many things and not just one. From wanting to being an actress, an athlete, a musician and even an artist at some point. Not to mention, growing up with a Military background also persuaded me to want to follow in my Father’s footsteps. I just remember I struggled to really find something I was passionate about.
Beauty really only became an interest of mine during my last years of high school. The phase of acting ‘grown’ and wanting to be independent, was when I really focussed on how I groomed myself.
Like many young girls, I’d experiment with different hair styles, hair removal methods, purchasing a variety of cosmetics, etc. During the process of this all, I knew the ultimate result I wanted was knowing I looked good & felt good.
Enjoying the process was what really drew me in to Beauty.
I made the decision to study Beauty in college and after obtaining my qualifications, I knew this was my career path. I struggled to find a job in the industry straight away due to living with a Father who was in the Army. As you can imagine, Spa’s are non-existent inside a Military base. Not to mention, we lived in Germany and the language barrier meant limited job options too.
Eventually, we moved back to the UK and I was grateful I found a job as a therapist shortly after settling in. It had been 4 years since I last did any sort of Beauty treatment. The industry is always progressing, so I had a lot of catching up to do. Learn new products, routines, new machines, etc. I was eager to learn and motivated to keep on learning, all because I knew I had finally found a career I was passionate about.
I found some treatments very therapeutic, and the satisfaction of customers were very rewarding, but being a spa therapist is hard work!
Yes, I work in such a tranquil environment, however it can be very tiring. An average day involves hours of massage, back to back treatments and the daily responsibilities of maintaining a Spa.
Also being on your feet for long hours will have an effect on your body. As therapists, it is very important to look after your mind & body. The mental preparations per day along with the strenuous work applied, it can take a toll on you. Be sure to always find time to rest, do not over-work yourself as the job can be demanding sometimes. Nonetheless, it is a great industry to be in. There are so many opportunities that come with it and you meet many interesting people.
I have been in the industry for just over 3 years and I am currently a Head Spa Therapist in The Vaulted Spa, Cirencester. A subterranean Spa located in the picturesque capital of the Cotswolds. I am very fortunate that I have found something I enjoy doing and know that its for the long term. To be honest, I would not even know what I’d be doing if I wasn’t a Therapist. All I know is, working in a Spa is an amazing experience that comes with a lot of focus. If you have the ambition to progress, determination is key. Every reward, complaint, course or even colleague, are all part of your learning process and you can’t be too hard on yourself if there will ever be faults in your work. You will realise that you are always learning, so take time to learn from others. Staying positive has helped me a lot and I’m blessed to be working with such a genuine & talented team.
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