Hi Deb, many thank for speaking to me. Can you tell us a bit about
yourself and the history of Bodysolve please?
Hi Dan, thank you for inviting me on behalf of Body Solve.
So I originally studied in Bristol and qualified as a sports massage therapist in 2006. From there I did many courses – personal trainer up to level 4 including specialist population (Cardiac Rehab, Stroke Prevention, Back Care, Falls Prevention).
I also trained in many courses – VIPER training, circuits, kettlebell, TRX. I worked in many gyms throughout South Wales taking 121s, classes, fitness instructing and massage, whilst developing a self-employed business along the way. I then disappeared to France for 6 months to do a ski season (I couldn’t
ski or snow board at the time – I can now!!), where I worked in a hotel and did massage treatments.
When I returned I decided I wanted something more so I embarked on
four years in Swansea University studying to become an Osteopath. I graduated in 2016 with a First Class Honors. In my final weeks at university I met my partner Nicki who is also a massage therapist.
We tossed back and forth ideas of a joint business
but decided mixing business and pleasure was a bad idea so didn’t think much further.
That lasted all of about 4 weeks and before we knew it, Body Solve was more than ideas and was fast becoming an actual venture in fruition. We found premises, designed a logo, website and business page and on August 1st, 2016 we had our first patients through the doors of Body Solve!
We initially started with one treatment room, then developed to three and took on another osteopath. As our patient list grew, so did our team and the size of the clinic... We took on the unit next door to Body Solve, knocked a connecting hole in the wall and built the five room clinic that we have now. We also have an outreach clinic in Swansea where we are two days a week.
In July 2018, one of the other units where Body Solve is became available and Nicki asked me to go and view it; he thought it’d make a great next venture! We were in the process of buying our first house so I told him we had plenty of adventure coming up!
True to form, on August 17th, we got the keys to our first house, AND also the keys to that other unit!! It was a busy few months of changing the unit from a run-down electrical store and store room to the beautiful yoga studio that we now have. But we opened our studio doors in December 2018 where the numbers have gradually risen each month. We now offer yoga and mindfulness classes and workshops and in the future look to expand on the type and range of classes we offer.