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Published: February 6, 2020 | Updated: February 7, 2020

Ginny and Sophie use the gentle touch to bring stress-reducing treatments to your workplace

Sophie and Ginny Williams of Kalmology Therapies. Picture: Dorset Biz News.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

Ginny and Sophie Williams believe they hold the key for businesses who wish to follow up warm words about the wellbeing of their staff with positive action.

The fully qualified therapists founded Kalmology Therapies eight months ago, offering seated chair massage and reflexology treatments for companies and small businesses.

The duo, who share the same surname but are not related, had first-hand experience of stressful conditions while working in high pressure corporate jobs.

Now the tables are turned as they go into businesses and provide stress-reducing therapies ranging from a chair massage session, lasting anything from ten to 30 minutes, to reflexology treatment of up to half an hour.

“We’ve done a number of businesses now and the reaction from staff has been amazing,” said Ginny, 39, a married mother of two from Poole.

“Not only do they get really excited about taking part but feel so appreciative towards their employer for thinking about their wellbeing.”

Sophie, 40, who is also married with two children and lives in Corfe Mullen, added: “At a time when there is so much talk about mental health, and the wellbeing of staff, the services we offer are perfect for many businesses and companies.”

The pair met while training as massage therapists and reflexologists and subsequently decided to start a business together.

Ginny said: “We just hit it off from the beginning really.

“We’re quite different people with quite different personalities but work really well together.”

The mental health and wellbeing of staff has shot up the agenda for many companies and organisations, particularly in the last 18 months.

Ginny said apart from the health benefits, workplace therapies can create a happier and motivated workforce, increase staff loyalty and help reduce absenteeism.

“It’s amazing how people open up and talk while we do the therapies. They come away feeling both mentally and physically better,” she said.

The pair, who have ITEC level 3 diplomas in massage, reflexology and seated acupressure massage, also provide therapies at events in Bournemouth, Poole and the surrounding area.

They include LinkedInLocal Bournemouth and Poole, hosted by high profile businesswoman Beverley Poole.

Ginny said: “Beverley has been fantastic, both as a mentor and a great supporter, and we’re really grateful to her.”

As for the future, Sophie said: “I absolutely love what I do, both the variety of work but also the people we meet.

“Who knows what will happen? The sky’s the limit.”

Ginny added: “I’ve always loved working with people and this is what I’ve always wanted to do. I couldn’t be happier.”