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Let Us Introduce Our First Male Therapist!

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It’s no secret that we like to shout from the rooftops about how wonderful our therapists are, and this new addition to our team is no exception.  Without further ado, we’d like to introduce you to the fabulous Steve Pettitt, our first male therapist ever!


Steve is one of our Suffolk therapists covering events there, and being a specialist in Indian Head massage, deep tissue massage and facials, he’s proving to be a popular member of the team.  As one of our guests Gemma wrote recently, “Steve was brilliant and very professional throughout, making the whole experience even more relaxing. Would highly recommend him!”

Having Steve on our team means we can offer guests a greater choice of options whilst designing their perfect treatment day, and so far, many of our guests are happy to have treatments with a male therapist.  It also eliminates the “will a female be strong enough to massage me” question we often get asked by our larger clients or male guests (although massage isn’t about strength but more about leverage and using the body in the right way).

However, it goes without saying; there are more female therapists in our industry than there are men.  Let’s face it, massage is an intimate thing.   You’re usually partially clothed with someone is rubbing oil all over you.  Statistically, women (majority of our client base) feel more comfortable having a female therapist tend to them, whether this be due to health and long term illness issues (hair loss, dry skin, weight) or body insecurities, and naturally on balance, women are the more tactile nurturers of the Hunter/Gatherer roles.  But times are changing, men are taking on more of a caring role in the family, and women are choosing to work more demanding roles in the workplace.  Isn’t it time we saw more male therapists in this industry? Spas are already starting to bustle with male therapists so we thought it was time we joined in!

So to celebrate this moment, Steve has very kindly put some words together about his experiences in working with MPS…. Enjoy!

“I have been working with My Personal Sanctuary for a couple of months.  I was both grateful and excited to be the first male therapist with MPS, and I am looking forward to meeting other therapists in the region.  From registering an interest in working on a booking on the therapist diary to providing the treatments, I have found the procedure runs smoothly and it’s easy to understand.  I have had the good fortune to work with two wonderful ladies in Norfolk so far, Rose Haynes and Kirsty Minors.  Both ladies are a credit to themselves and to MPS, providing a very professional image and service.

The staff at Thorpe Forest Holidays have been very helpful in assisting me in settling down into the role and in finding the guests for me.

The treatments I provide are carried out to a high standard using Neal’s Yard products, and my guests can have the assurance that I am not only trained to carry out the treatments, but I also have an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) certificate.

I have found working with My Personal Sanctuary very enjoyable, and they have a dedicated and professional team working for them, from the management in Cheshire, to the therapists providing the treatments.  I am looking forward to working further with MPS and providing the best service that the guests should expect.”


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Charlotte Mainwaring

Having previously worked as a location film director for ITV and later as a consultant in legal recruitment, Charlotte looks after the creative, copy and brand management side of things, from photoshoots to internal and external literature, promotional copy, and client and therapist correspondence. Charlotte is a lover of all things food and travel, and spends a lot of her spare time cooking with her girls or planning the next place to explore … Once the kids are in bed, Charlotte can be found cuddling up in front of the log fire with a good book and glass of wine.

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