Krystina is a beauty therapist who provides training nationally and internationally for the prestigious spa brand Elemis. Prior to this she was working at the brand new 5* Hale Country Club and Spa. Although she had always wanted to be a beauty therapist her Mum persuaded her to stay on at school and complete her ‘A’ levels, then later on if she wished to, she could pursue a career in beauty. She was halfway through her first year at University studying for a law degree when Krystina decided it really wasn’t for her. Instead she followed her heart and enrolled on a beauty therapy course and in her own words has never looked back.
Nearing the end of her level 3 beauty therapy course Krystina heard a motivating talk from a Steiner
representative and decided that life on the ocean waves, providing beauty treatments was most
definitely what she wanted to do next. Unfortunately she was turned down at the interview stage but soon applied elsewhere and disappointment soon turned to excitement when she was offered a job with Ragdale Hall the country’s leading destination Health Spa.
Krystina learned many new techniques and used some of the industry’s leading products at Ragdale Hall. She signed a two year contract after her three month review and she trained in Clarins, Elemis, Decleor, LiTya, Finders and Leighton Denny to name but a few! She also had the opportunity to work
in other areas of the Spa such as the beauty shop, on reception or on the back desk; assisting the supervisors with the running of the salon, changing schedules during the day, dealing with customer complaints as well as therapists requests.
Krystina says that she enjoyed the unique Ragdale Hall 'Equilibrium' massage a wonderful treatment that she provided; a deep tissue massage incorporating the back and scalp. She worked very hard, a normal routine being a maximum of six days on with two days off, three out of four weekends, then getting a three day weekend off. She says she received wonderful support from her team leader and the other trainers and the experience in such a professional organisation provided her with a wonderful start to her career and opened up the opportunity to work as a spa manager in a brand new venture.
She loved the social aspect of her work at Ragdale Hall as she was living with other therapists in accommodation nearby and their shared interests allowed her to develop friendships quickly, helping her to overcome her initial nervousness about leaving home. She did however return to set up and recruit staff for a new spa which is part of a large country club set in the Cheshire countryside. Her latest job requires Krystina to travel and train new salons and spas who use Elemis products and this is a job that she has embraced with great enthusiasm.
Her advice to other therapists would be ‘Keep an open mind and take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way, work hard and persevere to achieve your goals’