Head Therapist Tina Herridge Celebrates 10 Years at SenSpa.
2nd Jul 2014
We interview award winning Head Therapist Tina Herridge who has dedicated her career to SenSpa since it opened its doors in 2004.
Why did you want to become a therapist?
In truth, I cannot fully answer the question because my mum says that from the age of 7 all I wanted to be was a beauty therapist. I would like to thank my family members for pretending to love my first attempts at painting nails and doing make up at this young age. I hope my clients are now receiving a better job! As I grew older and studied beauty therapy, my passion now lies in promoting overall wellbeing.
What is your philosophy as a therapist?
My philosophy is to make people feel good about themselves. I feel I achieve this through promoting health and wellbeing in my approach as a therapist. This involves providing holistic treatments, using natural products, combined with a friendly and personal touch.
What aspects of therapy do you most enjoy?
I am most passionate about all types of massage; Swedish, Thai, Ayurvedic, NoHands and LaStone therapy. My years of experience enable me to combine all these techniques, creating a unique experience tailored to my clients needs. I enjoy combining these techniques in a massage, which many clients have commented on favourably.
What is the most popular treatments with your clients?
At SenSpa massage is the most popular treatment. However, each client has a preferred treatment, for example, a hot stone massage or pedicure and they will return to have their preferred treatment. A couple of my regular clients return for different types of massages, and also facials, pedicures and waxing.
How has SenSpa helped you to progress as a therapist?
SenSpa focuses a great deal on the training and development of individuals. I received in depth training from a Thai trainer when I first started at SenSpa. This was followed by a variety of customer service courses and product range training to enhance my knowledge and skills. As massage is my passion, the training I have received in these areas has been the most fulfilling.
Later, as a Senior Therapist I trained in Traditional Thai massage at Wat Po in Bangkok. This trip enabled me to learn more about Thai culture, to support the team I was managing.
When I was promoted to head therapist I completed various courses in management, providing me with the necessary skills to lead a successful team of therapists.
As well as managing a team of therapists, my role for the past three years has included being a spa trainer. Initially I completed an intensive three day course to learn how to train. Now I am completing a diploma in teaching to further support me in this role.
All of the training I have completed since starting at SenSpa has developed and refined my skills as a therapist, manager and trainer. I am very grateful for all the training which has developed my career. I would like to take this opportunity to thank SenSpa.
What is your proudest moment?
I won Body Therapist of the Year under the British Spa and Beauty Awards 2009. I feel very proud of this huge achievement.
Prior to this at college, I won Student of the Year in 2002.
What figure within the beauty industry do you most respect and why?
I most respect my manager, Lina Lotto, Spa Director. I aspire to gain as much knowledge and experience as Lina, through working closely with her at SenSpa. Lina has a lot of experience and knowledge about the spa industry having set up many spas around the world. Lina is very creative and makes things happen, such as setting up the SenSpa Academy and developing SenSpa products.
I enjoy working with Lina because she is a team player, modelling and coaching the staff around her. I aim to take advantage of her expertise and skills to be the best I can be.
Please tell us your top beauty tip?
Apply Willow's Super Firming Serum all over the face and neck before a night out. This is because orange oil stimulates blood circulation, bringing fresh nutrients up to the skins surface, providing a glowing complexion. This product is a sophisticated organic formulation that contains active ingredients to firm and restore skin radiance.
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