My name is Clare; I am, dare I say, a middle-aged registered nurse and single mum.
Having worked in health care for many years I have encountered patients from diverse backgrounds, in all shapes and sizes, and have an understanding of symptoms and limitations of most medical conditions. I have wanted to learn aromatherapy and massage for many years but my job in the health service never allowed me the time to do so.
I have had a very hectic and stressful few years and realised it was time for a change. I made the leap into the world of holistic treatments and beauty therapy for all, and Tranquil Escapes.
The holistic training I have undertaken for Tranquil Escapes has been fantastic. It has rekindled what I loved about nursing and never had the time to provide in the frantic NHS of today. As a holistic therapist, I can not only ease a client's physical pain but also the mind, as it can change how people feel about themselves in so many positive ways.
All my life I have had body image issues due to my weight. As I have grown older, the signs of ageing and many body changes following pregnancy have also had an impact on how I feel about myself. This issue has affected my life for as long as I can remember and there have been times where I have avoided situations due to the embarrassment, self-consciousness and the anxiety that goes with it.
I have come to realise that there are so many people that feel the same way for a variety of reasons and I would like to help overcome that feeling for others. Getting undressed and having a massage can be such a daunting prospect for so many people they will simply not put themselves in such situations. They are (like I was in the past) missing out on such a lot.
At Tranquil Escapes, the aim is for everyone to feel comfortable and come away feeling better for the experience. Yes, there will be less clothing than you're used to but modesty and dignity are maintained at all times. Massage and beauty treatments and the whole host of benefits that go with holistic therapies should be enjoyed by everyone. Go on, throw caution to the wind like I have, and start enjoying all the experiences that you can.