Hayley Snishko
December 22, 2023

1.    What has been your proudest career moment?

After working in the industry for 16 years, I’ve had many career highlights I’ve been fortunate to experience, however, I have to say launching the Massage4MentalHealth campaign and writing the new course I’m about to launch has been my proudest career moment to date. I made my pain my purpose and decided to be the lighthouse for others navigating through their own experiences.

2.    Who has been/is your biggest mentor?

This is a very hard question. There are so many incredible and inspiring people within the industry, all doing amazing things. I think I’ll have to say, Lesley Blair. Witnessing her incredible work during lockdown and beyond has been a source of inspiration for our industry. Her passion is obvious, and the positive changes she brings inspired me to launch my campaign.

3.    What’s the most valuable piece of advice you have ever received?

"Don't worry about making everything perfect; work it out as you go." I’ve always been paralysed by the fear of imperfection, and I have missed opportunities simply because I didn’t feel it would be good enough. However, I’ve learnt to embrace the beauty of imperfection, realising that authenticity is the key. Passion fuels everything I do.

4.    Which training body would you recommend for someone wanting to enter your area of the industry?

There are so many fantastic training bodies within the industry. I would recommend doing plenty of research before undertaking any form of training. If you are searching, then I would advise checking with your insurance company or any reputable associations for their endorsed training.

5.    How do you make sure you stand out from the crowd e.g. up-skilling, research, social media?

Whilst knowledge is important to stand out, being yourself is the key.  A favourite quote of mine is "Just be yourself; everyone else is taken." Believe in your message and what you have to offer and be willing to put yourself out there and then you're not just a ripple in the pond, you're making waves.

6.    If you could give one piece of advice to someone starting their own business, what would it be?

My two cents for entrepreneurs: Firstly, embrace uncertainty and be flexible with change. Secondly, investing in a business mentor I believe can be an invaluable tool to help you understand where you want to go, and how to get there.

7.    What’s the best and hardest thing about your job?

The best? The diverse clients I get to look after. Building therapeutic relationships in their own spaces is such a wonderful thing.

The hardest? The physicalities of being a mobile therapist. Carrying, unpacking & packing multiple times a day can be physically exhausting, so I have many processes in place to overcome this challenge. Having now been mobile for 12years, I’ve got a great routine and processes in place that work.

8.    How do you switch off after a difficult day?

My secret formula after a difficult day? Music, a hot bath, and some chocolate. (Ideally Tony’s milk caramel sea salt)

9.    Desert island 3 course meal?

This is a hard question because I really love food. However, at this point in time, I would choose the following;

Starter: Scallops& chorizo with pea & mint puree

Main: A cashew nut stir fry and chicken pad thai with a side of Pak choi & broccoli

Pudding: Anything that involves a chocolate.

10.  Which 5 people (dead or alive) would you have at your dinner party?

·      MichelleObama

·     David Attenborough

·     Dawn French

·     Melissa McCarthy

·     My husband, Carl



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