What is life like as a spa therapist?
Is it all wind chime music and lavender candles or is there much more to it than that? We asked four Elite spa therapists to share an insider view of their roles…
Ella, Therapist at Ashdown Park
‘I just love the atmosphere and family feel at Ashdown Park, everything is so relaxed, which has helped me to grow in confidence as a therapist. My goal every day is to create a truly luxurious experience for visitors as I want everyone to unwind. I think I have done my job well when a client drifts off to sleep on the therapy table! Every day is different with new people to meet and I just love the variety.
Kerry, Spa Coordinator at Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa
‘I have been a qualified therapist for ten years but now that I coordinate the spa at Luton Hoo, I don’t do so many treatments anymore. However, my favourite treatment is a facial because I am passionate about skincare and there is nothing nicer than knowing that you helped a guest to look more radiant. Our ESPA range is wonderful — I love that all of the products are natural. I really enjoy coordinating the
spa from behind-the-scenes as I get to see every guest’s journey to relaxation from start to finish.
Katrina, Head Therapist at The Grand Hotel, Eastbourne
‘Spa & beauty therapy is my passion and I have even won a regional gold and national silver medal for it. Most people assume that being a spa therapist is glamorous and relaxing —although that’s true sometimes, it also requires a lot of hard work and thought. I chose to work at The Grand Hotel Eastbourne because I wanted to be at the very best place. Now I get to meet different people from all over the world and hear their stories, which is exciting. People’s lives are becoming increasingly fast-paced but as a spa therapist, you can make a little bit of difference in helping them to unwind.’
Holly, Senior Spa Therapist at Tylney Hall Hotel & Gardens
‘When I was growing up, I always knew that I wanted a career where I could make people feel happier. I have been at Tylney Hall for almost five years and have loved it from day one. By far our most popular treatments are our aromatherapy massages and facials — who wouldn’t want to feel like they are floating on air? For guests who are feeling a little bit stressed, I always recommend the Ultimate Garden of Dreams Ritual, it’s just amazing. I love how I get to make people smile every day, it makes my job really rewarding.’