A reflexologist and massage therapist have joined forces to launch a complementary health studio in Uckfield.
Ginny Taylor and Anna Lane have taken on premises in Olives Yard and their new business, The Olive Sanctuary, is now open.
The two therapists met while sharing a room on different days at another clinic.
They would swap treatments, looking after each other, and realised that they shared beliefs about creating a special experience for the benefit of the whole well-being of their clients.
It was Ginny who spotted the premises on the market in Olives Yard, mentioned the little building to Anna, who went along to see it immediately, and their dream of setting up a new business was born.
They were delighted to get planning permission to change the use of the building and have refurbished it to create a treatment room and waiting area.
Existing clients are enjoying the new studio and Ginny and Anna say their neighbours in Olives Yard have been very welcoming and supportive, so much so that they have given a small gift to each business there.
The therapists say they have priced their treatments in a bid to make them accessible to all.
Ginny, a reflexologist and Reiki practitioner working on feet, hands, face, and specialising in hot stone reflexology works on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and the first Saturday of the month.
Anna, a massage therapist – specialising in hot stone massage, Indian head, myofascial release, sports massage, Ayurvedic facials, using Marma points, and pregnancy and baby massage – works on Wednesdays, Fridays, and the last Saturday of the month.
They aim to operate in a no-profit way, covering their expenses and paying themselves, then investing any profit in the community.
They have already given a £50 voucher and product package to the Children’s Respite Trust, which is based in Uckfield, for a prize draw.
And they are talking with Sussex Support Service to benefit those with dementia and their carers.
• Ginny and Anna are looking for a nutritionist, kinesiologist, or homeopath, who would be interested in joining them at The Olive Sanctuary to work on Mondays and two Saturdays in the month.
They are suggesting people with those skills because they feel they would compliment the type of well-being they offer to their clients.