How long have you been with Gaia?
I've worked at Gaia spa from the very beginning, joining the team in February 2016. We went through intense training before the grand opening in August 2016.
How did you come to work within the spa?
I saw an advertisement in the local paper about a brand new spa opening. As a qualified beauty therapist for 9 years I was so pleased to find out Plymouth was going to have such a beautiful spa and I knew I had to work there!
What’s your biggest achievement since joining Gaia Spa?
My biggest achievement is being promoted to one of the Senior Spa Therapist team. I look after a big team of therapists and train all new starters, it's a really fulfilling part of my job.
What do you love most about working at Gaia Spa?
I have never worked in a spa with such beautiful facilities and our very own product range, I always feel so proud to say I work at Gaia spa. I also love my colleagues who always make those busy weekends all the more enjoyable.
What treatments do you specialise in?
I am lucky enough to specialise in a wide range of spa treatments including Pure Massage, Wellness for Cancer treatments, all the facial treatments (Gaia, ESPA and iS Clinical), Raindrop Therapy and Hot stone massage. I also do salon treatments including manicures and pedicures.
"The most memorable experiences for me are always with my guests who come for a wellness for cancer treatment, someone who is going through an extremely difficult and traumatic time in their life. Knowing I can give them an amazing treatment to help them relax and really enjoy their time in the spa is so rewarding."
What’s your favourite treatment to perform?
I have a few favourites from Raindrop Therapy to ESPA's Lift and Firm facial. A new favourite of mine is the Pure Massage. We completed intense training in January and I can honestly say I have learnt so much from our trainer, Beata Aleksandrowicz', methods. I’ve had incredible feedback from guests and really enjoy performing the massage.
Tell us about your best or most memorable treatment experience...
The most memorable experiences for me are always with my guests who come for a wellness for cancer treatment, someone who is going through an extremely difficult and traumatic time in their life. Knowing I can give them an amazing treatment to help them relax and really enjoy their time in the spa is so rewarding.
What’s your morning routine before beginning a day of treatments?
I have never been a natural morning person so I know I need to start my day off with some good food to keep my energy up for a full day of treatments. My go to breakfast is normally porridge with blueberries. I also like to do a bit of stretching, mainly stretching my lower back, shoulders and arms as that’s where I hold most tension.
How do you take care of your own wellbeing?
Taking time out to use the spa after work every so often and keeping fit with Pilates, body pump and long walks and just surrounding myself with my lovely family and friends.
Do you have any wellness / skincare secret tips you can share?
Always wear SPF 30 + on your face everyday. It's so important to protect the skin to prevent skin damage. Recently a few of my guests have come in with the longest eyelashes and have said putting coconut oil on their lashes every night helps with the growth, so I am now experimenting this for myself!
What made you want to become a therapist?
I’ve always had an interest in skin care from a young age and my mum and grandma have always taught me the importance of looking after my skin. I also enjoyed doing friend's nails and knew I had a flair for it. I went straight to college from school to study Beauty Therapy and have never looked back. I have been a therapist for 11 years now.
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