Introducing our 3 amazing holistic/beauty therapist winners –
Our 2014/15 Practitioner of the Year Award was, again, a hugely popular event attracting literally 100’s of loyal clients, fans and followers to cast their votes for their winner. It gives us great pleasure to reveal our winner and two runners up in more detail.
Winner 2014/15 – Zoe Warner
After time spent travelling the world and living in Australia , Germany and Cyprus to name a view, as well as various UK locations whilst her husband was in the armed forces, Zoe has now settled in the gorgeous county of Gloucestershire . This is (for now) the place she calls home after her husband was medically discharged due to injuries he suffered from a roadside explosion. This lead her to start up the Therapies4Forces project. Its main aim is to provide free treatments to injured veterans and their families – and it has gone from being just Zoe to over 200 therapist volunteers throughout the UK.
When she’s not being a wife, mother of 6 children or grandmother, she also runs Vanilla Moon Holistic and Beauty treatments in Stroud – from her luxury, custom built cabin or a full mobile service. Pamper and Relax Us is also under her control and is a mobile pop up for spa treatments and therapies. The treatments she offers not only make people feel and look good on the outside but also from the inside – and that can make all the difference.
She has won previous awards, including the Excellence in Practice FHT Awards and the VQ Winner of the South West, which are judged by a panel.
Zoe says: “The FTW Practitioner of the Year Award was made that extra special because it was voted by my clients and their lovely testimonials did make me shed a tear or two. It was very touching to know that people thought such lovely things about me and makes what I do all the more rewarding.”
“The most important tip I would like to pass onto anyone who is new to the industry is always look after your clients: remember their birthdays and anniversaries; how they have their tea; enquire about their family; ask about the doctor’s appointment they mentioned the last time they were in; how they are getting on with their new hobby. From the moment they walk through the door make them feel special and not just another client in the appointment book. If you are passionate about a treatment and a client can see that then they are more than likely to share your passion too.”
2nd Place – Hayley Pearson
Hayley is a Complementary Therapist based in a small village called Great Moulton in South Norfolk. She has been practising for 8 years and offers a variety of therapies that range from bodywork to energy based treatments. She trained in her various therapies after suffering ill health after the birth of her children. The therapies she tried helped her so much, she decided to retrain and so help other people who may be suffering similar issues.
Hayley says: “I love what I do and to be able to have someone come into my therapy room feeling stressed and in pain and then leave with a smile on their face feeling better than they did when they arrived, is a wonderful feeling and makes work not difficult to want to do!”
“The tip I would give anyone considering starting up in this business is to follow your heart. You need to love what you do and enjoy helping others. Any therapist you meet will always wish to help you on your journey and there is no competitiveness from anyone as everyone needs advice and help when starting out.”
Her perfect client would be someone who hasn’t experienced complementary therapies before – whether the bodywork ones like massage, the relaxing ones such as the Face the World Holistic Facial, or Reiki – and to be able to show them how they can help with the relaxing and switching off of the mind which will then help allow the body to feel less tense and tight.
To find out more about what Hayley does, please take a look at www.serenityouch.co.uk where you will find all the therapies she offers along with the Face the World courses and Reiki courses that she teaches.
To book a treatment or to find out about the courses Hayley offers, you can also email her on Hayley@serenitytouch.co.uk or give her a ring on 01379 674135 / 07940287747
3rd Place – Vicki Rayner
Vicki started her career in retail , working within the premium brand cosmetic business. She spent five years in the beauty trade before moving on to become the manager of a luxury boutique. However, holistic therapies have always been something Vicki enjoyed and interested in – so much so that she went to study at the Norwich Academy of Holistic Therapies. Vicki qualified with distinction to become a member of the Guild of Holistic Therapies.
Holistic treatments are something she’s always enjoyed – and felt for a long time that there was a particular niche which had not been filled: a treatment room set deep within the heart of the peaceful Norfolk countryside where clients can feel welcomed, relaxed and rejuvenated by their visit.
The Lavender Room is Located at Low Farm Barns, set within a country estate. What better place to discover the serenity that should be the foundation of holistic therapy, this whole package being the reason she loves her job so much!
Vicki says: “I really do feel that I not only fully satisfy my clients by giving them 110%, but every day is a pleasurable, fulfilling journey for myself. I felt honoured to take 3rd place, behind two incredible ladies that I look up to. It was fantastic. I think there was a little bit of screaming going on!”
“My journey into the world of Holistic therapies as been a life changing one, one that was decided for me by a run of life changing personal situations. Leaving a job I loved with an amazing company was one of the hardest things I have ever done, however I see now that it was all for a reason. My life is so fulfilled, satisfying and forever evolving. Having just launched from my wonderful new treatment room, I can also confirm it’s very hard work but worth every moment. If you are thinking of a career in this business, simply follow your dreams.”
Have a browse of Vicki’s website at www.thelavenderroomnorfolk.co.uk or feel free to call me on 07792 297545.