Peimi Luikhor, 23, came to Mumbai from Manipur five years ago. She joined Sohum Wellness, Juhu, as a trainee four years ago. She moved on to becoming a spa therapist and supervisor, and is now getting ready to train the next batch of therapists as the spa expands its business across India.
What kind of training did you undergo to become a spa therapist?
I am an Arts graduate. I received training on the job. It was a two-month course during which I learnt different massage therapies. We also had doctors coming in to teach us important aspects of the human anatomy and physiology.
What is a typical day at work like?
I come in at 1.30 pm. I handle three to four clients a day. Weekends are very busy. We have at least five to six clients a day.
People come to a spa to get relief from stress and to look good. My job is to understand what they want and recommend treatments and therapies.
What does it take to be a good therapist?
The way your hands flow when you’re treating someone is very important. You have to get that right. You have to have what they call ‘healing hands’.
Apart from that, you have to be willing to serve and be totally stress-free. When you’re working to relieve people of their tension, you can’t afford to be stressed out yourself.
What do you like most about your job?
I like it when people tell me the treatment I gave them worked for them and relieved them of their stress. I look forward to feedback from clients. It feels great when they keep coming back.
Would you recommend this as a career option?
Of course. I would like to see more people get into this profession.