The Therapist: Hannah Lewis B.Ost is a fully qualified and registered Osteopath, and the founder and director of Simply Osteo and owner of Just Holistic Therapy Rooms.
The Story: This is my story on why I chose Osteopathy, setting up my own businesses, and my struggles and successes along the way…. All before the age of 26!
The Dream: As a child, gymnastics was my passion, I represented the United Kingdom aged nine and trained almost daily around my school life. As I reached my teenage years I think I knew deep down that I would never make a career from being a gymnast, but the question was… “What to do?”
I was first drawn to Osteopathy after being a patient following one too many gymnastic injuries as a teenager. I developed an interest in sports injuries and how to resolve them. This led me to train as an Osteopath. I knew I wanted a career in a type of therapy or medicine, as I wanted to help people and due to my experiences at the age of fifteen, I chose Osteopathy.
The Studies: I’d be lying if I said that the educational path I took was easy, as the training to become an Osteopath was a long, hard and an extremely demanding four years. However I knuckled down with my studies and have never looked back. I graduated from the British School of Osteopathy in 2008.
I now had my degree, the knowledge and experience I needed to call myself an Osteopath, but I hadn’t a clue where to start my career. I landed myself a job working at a few different practices as an associate Osteopath. It was great! I was building my confidence and getting hands-on experience. However, the drive and urge to set up on my own was growing stronger and stronger each day. After all that had always been my dream…
The Career: At the beginning of 2010 I took the plunge. I did it! I set up my own business – Simply Osteo. I spent weeks preparing the website, business cards, leaflets etc. But still had nowhere to work from. Then one day on my way home from working for someone else, I found it, I drove past ‘Just Holistic Therapy Rooms’ as soon as I got home I looked it up online and contacted the person in charge. Within a few weeks I had a beautiful treatment room I could call my own (well, at least one day a week anyway!). I was so happy, but equally as scared and apprehensive. It took a couple of weeks for my first few patients to book in, then with lots of hard work and perseverance my company grew and grew. Within a few months I took on another day at the clinic and began to fill that day, as my client base grew at the clinic I slowly started dropping my work at the other practices, which was probably one of the scariest things to do, as no-one wants their all of their eggs in one basket.
The Opportunity: In June 2011 just fifteen months after setting up ‘Simply Osteo’ an amazing opportunity popped up! At this point the owner of Just Holistic Therapy Rooms had just had a baby and understandably wanted to spend more time at home. She had watched me build my business from scratch at the clinic and wanted me to take the whole clinic over… Wow! I was only just over a year into working for myself and was still in the process of building my current Osteopathy business, however this had always been my vision and she obviously felt that I was up to the job.
So June 2011, aged twenty-five, I took over the ownership of Just Holistic Therapy Rooms, I continued to build my Osteopathy business taking on more and more days at the clinic. Looking back I could have said “no”, and played it safe, with less to do, less responsibilities, but that’s just not me, and in life the more you put in, the more you get out!
The Business: I have owned the clinic for over two years now, I currently run my Osteopathy business (Simply Osteo) there for four to five days a week, and the rest of the time I manage the clinic and the other therapists.
At Just Holistic, we have three beautifully decorated treatment rooms; I rent the rooms out to therapists, anyone in the holistic or complementary therapy field. We also have a lovely waiting room, small kitchen and toilet facilities.
I have worked extremely hard over the past two years to not only ensure that Simply Osteo is a growing success, but to also maintain the fantastic reputation of the clinic. Just Holistic has gone from strength to strength since my take over and is currently home to a group of wonderful therapists including; Osteopaths, Physiotherapists, Massage Therapists, Reiki Practitioners, Counselors, Reflexologists, Energy Healers, Shiatsu Practitioners, Life Coaches and many more…
I rent the rooms out on a half or full day basis, and although all of the therapists are there to build up their own client bases, I provide as much help and support as possible… after all, I started off exactly where many of them are now. I know it’s hard work and it is a gamble, but it does pay off and it is so worth it!
The Advice: If anyone reading this is thinking of setting up on their own, then do it, take the plunge, but you have to be dedicated and be willing to work hard. Once you have a regular flow of clients, the rest will follow as we all know a recommendation from someone you know is far better than an advertisement!
If you live in or near the Croydon / South East London area and are interested in renting a room at Just Holistic then please do get in touch, it could also be the starting block for your own business venture… For more information on room rentals or therapies at Just Holistic please call 07828 458 769 or email me (Hannah Lewis) at email@example.com
simplyosteo.com (for any Osteopathy needs)
just-holistic.co.uk (for a variety of holistic therapies or info on renting a room)