A touch of serenity from Paula

Paula Wood with a client
Paula Wood with a client

A MASSEUSE with a passion for alternative therapies has set up her own business.

Horden woman Paula Wood, 39, has used her 18 years experience as a therapy technician for the NHS to develop her new business Serenity Massage, which provides each client with a service designed specifically for their needs.

Paula said: “Starting up my own business was always something I thought I’d love to do, but I was unsure on how I could make it work.

“I have always had an interest in alternative therapies, something I practised throughout my time with the NHS, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity to give it a go.”

Paula will be focusing on providing massages for nursing home residents, those who are pregnant and oncology patients.

The former public sector worker has gained an NVQ Level 2 and Level 3 as well as a foundation degree in health and social care as well as a qualification in massage therapy.

Hina Joshi, Paula’s business advisor at East Durham Business Service (EDBS) said: “Paula has a great enthusiasm for her business and I am really pleased she came to us to help her start up. It can be a daunting process, but Paula is a great example of how you can achieve your goals and help yourself as well as the community.”

Along with EDBS, Paula received aid from the European Regional Development Fund.