The definition of wellbeing is the state of being comfortable, healthy, and happy. Sounds great right? For some of us, being both mentally and physically happy sounds like an impossible task so we often overlook it. But it’s actually not as hard as you might think to achieve. You just need a safe pair of hands to help you.
Those hands belong to Mannie Bahia, owner of Wellbeing Treatment, Branston court tenant and this month’s tenant spotlight. Through her business she provides holistic therapies such as massage, reiki and reflexology which are designed to improve and maintain physical and mental wellbeing. If having a relaxing massage sounds right up your street, Mannie is always happy to help.
We recently caught up with Mannie to find out more about holistic health and why Branston Court is the perfect spot for her business.
Hi Mannie, Can you tell us a bit more about your journey into holistic health?
I never thought I’d get into holistic health. I previously worked as an alcohol practitioner and it wasn’t until a work colleague, who was also a reiki healer, gave me a life changing treatment – which made me think “wow, I need to learn how to do this. I want to go into this field.
I studied to gain a certificate in Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology in order to learn about the body and how it works before being able to learn massage and reflexology. Once I was qualified, I was then able to offer a wide range of treatments to help my clients overall wellbeing. I have recently started doing hot stones and cupping, which is something I’ve only been able to explore since being at UrbanWorkSpace.
I’ve been providing complementary therapies for 4 years now. I did a lot of mobile work before, but had to carry all my equipment around with me. This understandably limited me with the treatments I could provide due to lack of space- I couldn’t do my hot stones massage at all. When I then hired out a small room, I found that I still had the same limitations which pushed me to find something bigger.
So what made you choose an office with UrbanWorkSpace?
I had been looking for an office for a while, but couldn’t find the right kind of space. A lot of places I had looked at before were just too office-y. The nature of my business is about making the client feel welcome and at ease. It’s nice and quiet here and I like being at the top of the building with my own small waiting area. It’s perfectly located and with the train station and bus stops just down the road, it’s so easy for clients to get here.
I like that there are a lot of different businesses here, but at the same time it doesn’t feel crowded or overly corporate. It can be quite lonely in this field, which is why it helps to be in a building with lots of other unique businesses. It’s nice to know that I can pop down for a chat with lots of interesting people if I get too lonely up in my work space.
I really do love working in this space. It’s big enough that I have room to move around but it’s not too big that it’s not cosy and comfortable. Being here has allowed me to expand and learn more treatments, which not only benefits my business but my clients too.
What would you say is your favourite thing about being an UrbanWorkSpace tenant?
I think it would have to be the freedom to do what I want with the space, if there’s ever any issues – the staff will always bend over backwards to help. I noticed some sound travelling from one of the formerly adjoining rooms and they immediately came and got it soundproofed for me. Having them here on-site helps a lot- it’s not like you’re ringing someone and waiting for a response. They even recommend me and seem to have an interest in helping my business to grow.
Have you made any changes to your workspace since moving in?
I’ve painted to make it look and feel more warm and inviting and I’ve even done some customising with wall art. I love having my own separate landing where I can put my banner up and where my clients can wait comfortably for their appointment.
What is there to do in the local area and more importantly, where’s your favourite lunchtime spot?
There’s always seems to be a lot going on around the Jewellery Quarter, but I don’t always get chance to try out different places here because of my work. I’m always so busy whether I’m giving treatments for the elderly at a day care centre or for clients at my office. As for favourite lunchtime spots, I usually bring my own lunch because of being in and out for appointments with my clients. But again, I’m keen to try out some cool places around the local area.
If you’d like to learn more about Wellbeing Treatment or if you’re interested in one of their treatments visit their website for more information.