Interview with Olga Fuentes

OlgaOlga, what is your specialisation and how long have you been practising?

I am a counsellor, a graduate psychologist and an adult education tutor (teaching counselling at diploma level). I have been practising as a counsellor for 3 years.

When did you start working at Salus Wellness and what influenced your decision to work here?

I first contacted Massimo Gaetani, Director of Salus Wellness, to enquire about hiring rooms at the clinic by the end of November 2013 and arranged a meeting with him a few days later which proved to be a successful one as I joined Salus Wellness December 2013.

My decision to work at Salus Wellness was influenced by the location, the good condition of the rooms and the way Massimo runs the clinic: offering free workshops, gatherings to meet and greet, the possibility of booking rooms on an ad-hoc basis to help new practitioners and his invaluable experience in ‘how to run successfully your own business’.

How many clients do you see in an average week?

It depends on the time of year, really. I had a couple of very quiet months at the beginning of this year (preceded by a very busy autumn at the clinic) but at present I’m managing 12 cases and having a waiting list which includes a couple of people who I would be starting with in September (after the holiday break). I am working with two couples, two children and 8 adults, some of them I meet every other week due to staggering ending processes and their own limited time available.

What is your general view of the facilities offered by Salus WEllness?

My general view of the facilities offered by Salus Wellness is a very positive one. I believe, based on research conducted before joining the clinic, that the facilities offered by Salus Wellness are unique and exceed my own expectations.

How did the help received from Salus Wellness in terms of running your business, sales and marketing help to develop your business?

The help received from Salus Wellness has been the key to the success of my practice as I am a counsellor, not a businesswoman! I attended all the workshops I could while still not having a single client and I learnt everything from them. Massimo facilitated the process of having a professional website and business cards as I totally trusted his advice.

What are your future plans at the Clinic?

I am hoping to continue using the clinic and growing my business in the future once I have some more time available (currently at last year of MA in Relationship Therapy).

Would you recommend Salus Wellness to other practitioners?

Yes, by all means. I have already recommended it to other practitioners and I will continue to do so.

What advice would you give to new practitioners?

The advice I would give them is to be patient, to have clear views on what they want to achieve, to attend all workshops offered, to talk openly and honestly to Massimo about their hopes and listen to his advice, to believe in their own potential and in what they can offer, to value themselves and their job.



Fisio to Physio Part Deux

StefanoLombardiWe are very pleased to announce that Stefano Lombardi, who was already a qualified Fisioterapista (physiotherapist) in Italy with several years of clinical experience, has received full accreditation and membership from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy to provide his services as a physiotherapist in the UK and more importantly to the local community here in Cambridge. Stefano has been working at Salus Wellness as a sports massage therapist since January 2016.

We are looking forward to continue working with Stefano to support him in growing his physiotherapy client base in Cambridge

Salus@Work at ARM wellbeing day

ARMWellbeing201606CloseupHave you ever considered arranging a wellbeing day at work? This is a great way to reward your employees for their hard work and loyalty.

Salus Wellness Clinics were recently contacted by ARM, the largest high tech company based in Cambridge, enquiring into the provision of 10-minute seated massages at their well-being day.  They knew about a similar gig we recently did for the Forward Institute and wanted exactly the same.

ARMWellbeing201606QueueMyself and my colleague Julie Taylor-Allan treated a total of 45 people and, it was so popular, that not all those who attended could be allocated a treatment due to time restrictions.

Those who did receive a treatment, commented on how much better they felt both physically and emotionally. Amongst the many comments were:

“Most excellent, I wish you came here every day”.

“Really worth doing. Should be done more often. Great 10 minute break. Thank you!!”

“Very good!!! I had a sore back, it was gone after the massage”.

“My first massage ever and I’m really glad I had one. Felt very relaxed. Will be back for more.”

ARMWellbeing201606In these highly stressful times, it is extremely important for hard working employees to feel appreciated and valued by their employer, particularly in highly paced and demanding environments typical of high tech fast growing organisations.

This gesture by the employer in turn will raise morale and loyalty in staff, reduce sickness absence and improve productivity. A win:win for both the employees and employer.

To think it only takes as little as 10 minutes, the same time as a coffee break, to help someone feel relaxed, re-energised and rejuvenated was very rewarding

The organisers and all those who attended the wellbeing day were very warm and welcoming and it was a very enjoyable experience for all of us.

Our Salus@Work initiative was created years ago upon request of an event organiser who wanted to help their guests who just flew in for the event.  The amazing success and feedback we received encouraged us to package Salus@Work as an initiative we offer to local organisations both as one-offs as well as for regular weekly/fortnightly/monthly slots.

To-date among our clients we can list event organisers, high-tech and bio-tech companies as well as professional service firms.

Congratulations Dr Michelle Nyangereka

MichelleNyangereka201510This week at Salus Wellness Clinics, we are celebrating Michelle being awarded her Doctorate in Counselling Psychology – Congratulations Dr Nyangereka!

Michelle has also been appointed Lead Psychologist at Sheridan School in Thetford. As part of the Priory group, Sheridan is an Independent residential school for pupils aged 8 to 19 with complex needs including: social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, autistic spectrum disorders, Asperger’s Syndrome or other specific learning difficulties.

As the head of the therapeutic team, Michelle will provide one-to-one psychological therapy to the students, support their families and be responsible for supervising and training staff at the school.

Michelle will also continue to be a practitioner at Salus Wellness Clinics so if you would like to know more about having one-to-one or couple’s therapy with Michelle then please contact her on 07989 974498 or at