It started off with a new career in holiday accommodation, but the guests and locals also wanted a massage and some beauty treatment.
Now, two years after launching spa services at Treetops Cottages, Grasby, Gill and Brian Hartley have begun to offer training.
This month they launch a course in reflexology, an alternative treatment, which involves applying pressure to feet and hands using your thumb, finger or hands.
“Ten have already signed up. It seems to be a very popular treatment,” Gill said.
“We have six therapists who I call upon when needed. They are all highly qualified in their specific areas at level 3 Anatomy and physiology and have many years of experience behind them.”
Gill, who is now a qualified therapist herself, was unable to find such skills locally, until coming across a highly-qualified teacher who was happy to teach at Treetops, making it an accredited training school for beauty therapy qualifications.
“We are setting up new courses for 2015. We offer them as we have found it very difficult to find suitable training schools which offer such training at level 3. We have received a lot of interest since running our first course so we know the demand is there,” she said.
“Such courses are aimed at qualified beauty therapists who want to expand their qualifications and people who are interested in introductory courses to see if they would like to continue further in their studies to become fully-qualified beauty therapists. The spa/beauty services are now a major part of our core business. I can’t imagine not offering this service,” she said.
It all adds to a growing operation, started when the former PR and Communications Officer was made redundant from North Lincolnshire District Council.
“We would like to expand the spa business and offer more holistic therapies and in time look at offering some exercise, such as aqua aerobics to both guests and local residents to enjoy. We do have planning permission and building regulations to add to our existing accommodation and will look at that more closely next year,” Gill said.