Oban busi­ness is fit for pur­pose

The Oban Times - - Business -

A FOR­MER NHS oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pist has set up her own yoga and mas­sage busi­ness pro­mot­ing health and well-be­ing.

With sup­port from Busi­ness Gate­way Ar­gyll and Bute, Oban-based Gill Spink launched Chill with Gill this year, of­fer­ing clin­i­cal aro­mather­apy, mas­sage and yoga.

Gill is now run­ning sev­eral yoga classes a week, of­fer­ing one-to- one and small group pri­vate ses­sions as well as aro­mather­apy and mas­sage.

Gill said: ‘I worked as an oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pist in the NHS for 18 years in both hos­pi­tal and com­mu­nity set­tings.

‘Hav­ing worked in a car­ing pro­fes­sion and from per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence, I know how our health can be af­fected if we don’t take the time to look af­ter our phys­i­cal and men­tal well-be­ing.

‘Yoga, aro­mather­apy and mas­sage were fun­da­men­tal in help­ing me man­age my own health which, in turn, was the cat­a­lyst to set­ting up Chill with Gill. I wanted to offer a ser­vice which helped oth­ers find bal­ance in an of­ten chaotic world.

Help­ful

‘Busi­ness Gate­way has been ex­tremely help­ful and my ad­viser An­gela carved a path­way for me to learn how to start up, man­age and run my own busi­ness.

‘I at­tended many of the free cour­ses on offer and with­out her sup­port I wouldn’t have had the con­fi­dence to make the step into self- em­ploy­ment.’

Ad­viser An­gela Ver­nel said: ‘Gill is very ex­pe­ri­enced in her field but had never run a busi­ness. At­tend­ing our fully-funded work­shops and ac­cess­ing one-to- one ad­vice helped Gill move into a great po­si­tion to run Chill with Gill ef­fec­tively and con­fi­dently.’

Gill added: ‘I’ve been over­whelmed and hum­bled by the feed­back I’ve re­ceived. Peo­ple feel so much bet­ter when they take time for them­selves.

‘I’ve had peo­ple tell me they have found the ben­e­fits to be way be­yond what they an­tic­i­pated and can see a real dif­fer­ence in their men- tal and phys­i­cal health. I work with a va­ri­ety of peo­ple, from chil­dren and teenagers to preg­nant ladies and pen­sion­ers.

‘To see them reap the ben­e­fits of in­vest­ing in them­selves is ful­fill­ing. I feel pas­sion­ate about pro­mot­ing proac­tive, healthy coping strate­gies in life.

‘Hope­fully, I can grow Chill with Gill and work in part­ner­ship with oth­ers to offer more to the peo­ple of Oban and the sur­round­ing area.’

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.chill­with­gill.co.uk.

Gill Spink’s busi­ness is up and run­ning thanks to help from Busi­ness Gate­way.

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