This October’s Juliette Armand’s Therapist of the month goes to the lovely Helen Connolly, who has been in the beauty industry for over 20 years and has a lovely little clinic in the heart of Galway City, Aromatherapy Health & Beauty Clinic
What made you want to set up your own business?
I had just qualified as a therapist and was working in my current Clinic when the owner announced she was selling the business. I knew this was a great opportunity that may not arise again so even though at some levels I felt ill prepared I decided to go for it and looking back it definitely was the right decision. The business grew from strength to strength and I also enjoyed the challenge.
What sets Aromatherapy Clinic out over its competitors?
To be honest from the beginning I decided not to worry about what other salons were doing. I just focused on offering every client the best treatment and experience i could offer and it seems to work judging by the amount of repeat clients we have.
Please tell me about your most rewarding or satisfying experience, your proudest moment, since you set up Aromatherapy Clinic?
I find every day rewarding. I get great results with massage and foot and facial reflexology. When a client tells me their life has improved so much after a treatment I find that very rewarding.
What do you enjoy most about being a Therapist?
Being able to make people feel better in themselves and also look better. I also love doing courses and learning about the latest treatments and products available on the market.
What is your favorite Juliette Armand treatment?
My favorite treatment to give and receive is the Chronos Facial. The results are amazing. The Chronos facial leaves my skin plumped and glowing and is also very relaxing.
What do you think makes Juliette Armand Skincare range stand out from other skincare ranges?
I think Juliette Armand offers fantastic instant results and this is because they have the latest high tech ingredients while still being kind to your skin. There is a product for every skin type. The service I have experienced since i took on the range is second to none training and promotion is excellent.
What is your favorite Juliette Armand product and why?
I love the Chronos cream. I have sensitive dry skin and I find this is a lovely comfort cream.
What is the best comment that you have heard a customer exclaim after a Juliette Armand treatment?
Oh my god I look 10 years younger.
What would you say to anyone thinking about using this range?
I would highly recommend it they won’t regret it.
What is your motto or personal mantra?
Live in the moment life is short
What book did you read last?
I don’t read books as such I love to read the newspaper and health & Beauty magazines.
What did you want to be when growing up?
My friends have told me I always wanted to be a beauty therapist. But to be honest I don’t remember.
What do you like to do on your days off?
I love to be there for my family and friends. Simply things like picking up from school and having the dinner ready. And i love my morning yoga class. And going for a walk and sometimes I get a treatment.
What does a typical day look like for you?
On a working day I get up at 7.30 get ready have breakfast. Drop my daughter to school. I drive to work which takes an hour. It’s usually very busy at work. I check my e-mails. messages and call back any clients. Then i do a lot of treatments. Which can be electrolysis, massage, facials, tinting or waxing. I love the variety as I never get bored or tired.
I finish at 6 and arrive home at 7. I prepare dinner catch up on some house work. I try to do some exercise on my bike while watching tv. Read the newspaper. I am usually in bed by 12.
You’re happiest when?
I am happiest when I get the work family life balance right and have time for myself and get my exercise and yoga.
Thank you Helen for taking the time to talk to us. and check out her salon here