Trisha Harvey owns an Accredited Cosmeceutical Skincare Clinic in Thorntonhall, near Glasgow and has recently celebrated 10 years in business. Thorntonhall Therapies specialise in the use of PRIORI® and Vitage® Skincare products which, combined with Omnilux Light Therapy, Chemical Peels and Microdermabrasion have achieved great skincare results for all skin types, especially in controlling Acne in both teenagers and adults.
Trisha has lived in Thorntonhall for over 32 years and loves the rural aspect and peacefulness of the village. Thorntonhall is extremely well placed, it is a countryside location yet handy for Glasgow and surrounding areas as the road, rail and bus links are fantastic.
Thorntonhall Therapies are ideally placed on the outskirts of the village and has a tranquil surrounding which helps clients to get in the right frame of mind for their skincare treatments. The clinic is private, discreet and set in beautiful surroundings and whilst Trisha realises that “clients do not come to her business for the view” the location definitely helps. The collection of feeders in the garden attract all sorts of birds, particularly the Woodpeckers, Goldfinches and Long Tailed Tits which are a constant talking point with clients and their children, who occasionally come along to treatments with Mum.
Starting a business is always a testing time and quite often the inspiration is driven by outside influences and necessity, Trisha takes up her story from here:
“In 2001, I went through a divorce after 20 years of marriage. No divorce is easy and mine was no exception to the rule. It doesn’t matter what strata of life you come from, life after divorce is all about survival and finding your way in the world. I had two wonderful children but a huge gap in my life, so the immediate social choice for me at that particular time was either drink or exercise. My friend who was also going through a divorce at the same time took to drink, I took to exercise.”
“My daughter and I joined the East Kilbride Triathlon Club and it was there that I heard about the “Ironman Competition”. We knew nothing about the Ironman competition, other than its reputation, and found our first reference to it (pre-internet) in the children’s edition of the Oxford English Dictionary. If you do not already know an Ironman race consists of a 2.4 mile open water swim, 112 miles on a racing bike and finishes with a full marathon (26.2 miles). I remember thinking to myself what an achievement to complete this in one day.”
“Further investigation revealed that the British Ironman competition had a women’s discipline, so I decided to enter. A year later and after many, many, hours of training and qualifying events I stood at the water’s edge ready to start the race for the British Ironman (Woman) championship. Determination, luck and a desire to complete the course in less than 12 hours were my three companions on race day. Some 10 hours 56 minutes later I completed the course and became the British Ironman Champion for 2002. I had beaten all the young females, (I was 42 and considered a veteran) and also beat over 120 men! I was absolutely ecstatic; mind you it took me a week to walk properly after completing the race. I was asked twice to represent Great Britain but decided one Ironman in anyone’s life was enough, it was an honour to be asked though.”
“Sport became a major avenue for release after my divorce and also provided the foundation for my business. I have always been competitive; have a passion for sport and for skincare and these three elements formulated my next, survival after divorce, direction.”
“I decided to train and deliver sports massage. Sports massage was one of the vital ingredients that helped me through my training hence my realisation that it was a viable business. I now moved onto further education and after a mixture of college and tailored courses, Thorntonhall Therapies opened for business in 2003.”
“To stay ahead in any business you have to commit to it, just like the Ironman, so I carried on sports massage training and slowly built up a good core clientele, treating in the main semi-professional and amateur cyclists and other sportsmen and women with sports related injuries. Just as I was starting to get ahead disaster struck….. I was knocked off my road bike in 2006 and broke my elbow. This injury, the lengthy recovery process and weakened joint killed my business, I had to change direction again and look for another way to support my family.”
“During recovery, I had time to reconsider what I would do next and this is where my love for skincare was realised. I retrained extensively as an aesthetician and re-launched my business specialising in non – invasive skincare, particularly the treatment of Acne, Rosacea, minor scarring and anti-ageing”. “It is often said that ”Good comes out of bad” and this was the case for me, I found my niche and realised that I have an absolute passion for skincare.”
“Good skin care is about information, technique, quality products and maintaining your own personal regime. I keep myself as up to date as possible regarding new techniques and products by attending training courses on a regular basis, constantly reviewing my treatments to incorporate new skincare processes and regimes into them and passing this skincare knowledge, via treatments and social media, onto my clients to ensure their skincare regimes work as effectively as possible for them.”
“Thorntonhall Therapies is not a beauty salon, I do sell and offer advice on Vitage® Natural make-up, but my core business is skincare. I use a microdermabrasion, a form of mechanical exfoliation of the skin usually carried out on the face, chest, neck, arms or hands and Omnilux (light therapy) to treat skin complaints such as Acne, Rosacea, Psoriasis and anti-ageing. I also use Hydrotherm (a warm water cushion therapy) as part of every treatment I administer and my massage knowledge and techniques to enhance and personalise every treatment I deliver.”
“Life of course moves on and my daughter has gone on to complete a master’s degree and started her own business in Carbon Management and my son is heavily involved in the management and administration of his Dad’s business specialising in refrigeration.”
“One other event that happened is that I remarried, after swearing that I would never marry again. My husband was in the Navy for 37 years and brings many other aspects to my business. It seems that best laid plans are meant to be broken…..”
“This June marked 10 years of business for me and I believe I have come a long way since I first stepped out on my own and to that harrowing day my ex left the family home 12 years ago. Luck, hard work, and dedication have got me to the position I am in today. I never imagined that life could be so good.”