Amanda Clegg M assage and aromatherapy clinic owner
I have been running my massage and aromatherapy clinic from home and as a mobile therapist since 2001. My business is closed with no appointments. I have made a very small number of retail sales from my client base, but not enough to make any sort of living. I have clients that I visit who cannot come to me as they are elderly or disabled. They will suffer (are suffering) hugely through missing out on their regular massage. These are people that I can’t really help using Zoom consultations to work out stretches and self-help, as I can with my younger clients. Sadly, the very small number of online consultations will not earn me a living. I am desperately wading through the Government guidelines on PPE, trying to work out what I will be able to do when I am allowed to reopen. It is looking more and more likely there will be a huge increase in operating costs, which I will not be able to pass on to clients.
I love my work, and I don’t want to lose it. I have invested a lot – both time and money – in training and ongoing CPD. It’s hugely rewarding on a job satisfaction level. I am 60 and so the prospect of funding any retraining and then having enough working time left to recoup the cost is a bit daunting.