I spent 15 years in the investment industry, mainly analysing UK companies, some Government bonds, international asset allocation, and currencies, until having a young family life encouraged me to retrain in Massage, Aromatherapy and Reflexology and become a self-employed therapist.
Having come from a business background, that was the area I knew most about, and so I targeted many companies and organisations within Edinburgh and the central belt of Scotland offering 'Corporate Massage - massage in the workplace'. At a time when stress management was the buzz phrase and employment law was changing to put a larger emphasis on the employers' shoulders to show that they were trying to help their staff deal with stress, whether at work or at home, I set up On-Site Relaxation Ltd to offer massage services and health seminars to companies and their staff. Those services have now been gratefully received by many companies, government agencies, supermarkets, TV companies, and 2 off-shore oil rigs, to name just a few.
Then in 2009 I bought Scottish Massage Schools, the school I had trained with, and had tutored and lectured for, for 7 years. Offering a wide range of diploma courses and CPD workshops has put me in contact with a very large number of therapists, including Joyce Gillespie, the founding Trustee of Iris Cancer Partnership. Through Scottish Massage Schools course offerings, Joyce now regularly talks to newly qualified Swedish Massage therapists about the importance of knowing how to work safely and effectively with people living with cancer.