Getting to know Amy Taylor – Therapist, tutor and owner of Purple Turtle Therapy, Wellbeing and Academy

Everyone that visits our Wellbeing centre has a story…
At one of our recent family meetings we were discussing how as therapists and teachers we meet some truly inspiring people everyday. An important part of our roles are to really listen to our clients and their stories they have to share.
Then we thought, how great it would be to share all our stories too!

This week we spoke to Getting to know Amy Taylor – Therapist, tutor and owner of Purple Turtle Therapy, Wellbeing and Academy

What therapy do you provide at PTW
I am the owner of Purple Turtle Wellbeing, Therapy & Academy. Im also a therapist and Tutor of massage therapy.

How did you become a therapist?
When I returned from travelling I wanted to do a massage course and I was looking for a change from the corporate world where I had been immersed for 15 years. I was offered a place on the Holistic course which covered lots of different therapies. I studied Advanced Aromatherapy, Holistic Massage, Advanced Reflexology, Indian Head Massage, Thermal Auricular Therapy, Hot Stone Massage, Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Anatomy and Physiology. I never looked back!
Having children steered me into Pregnancy Massage and Baby Massage, from that I went on to launch my training Academy and developed my own bespoke courses. I started with therapy rooms in Hove and built the Purple Turtle brand, going on to expand to the Wellbeing centre in Brighton.

What do you love about teaching and therapy?
I love the clients, I get to meet so many lovely people. When I teach, I want to instil inspiration for everyone to enjoy massage and therapies as much as I do.

What is your greatest professional achievement?
I am proud of both my centres in Brighton and Hove and its fantastic working with such a great team. I won the Golden Alumni award from City College for my contribution to the city, that was a personal highlight.

How do you relax?
I love my open fire in the winter and my garden summer house in the sunshine, both experiences are always made better if enjoyed with the company of my children, family and friends.

What famous person would you most like in your class or treatment room?
I would love to massage Adele, I am a fan as on a personal level she helped my hearing-impaired daughter’s love of music and it would be a good way to thank her.

Favourite place to relax in Brighton & Hove?
On the couch having a treatment from one of our Therapy team at our Brighton or Hove centres, I find Reflexology so relaxing and nourishing for the whole body. I enjoy massage however in a physical job like mine its usually for repairing my body and getting things back where they should be.

Tell us a secret about yourself?
I love to keep learning, at the moment I have reignited my love for my sewing machine.

Last moment that made you laugh or cry?
These tend to get mixed up as I cry when I am happy, moved or sad, the tears just spring into my eyes at every emotion!

Give one piece of advice for life
I love inspirational sayings as different ones resonate with different people’s experiences, that’s why you will find some examples around our centres. I think a personal favourite is an Oscar Wilde quote, ‘We are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars’.