“Every day is a new day and a new opportunity to learn something new.”
GirlCrew London member Emma Nicolau moved from France to London 6 years ago to study osteopathy. “It was a good excuse for me to leave France and to discover the amazing place that London is.” She stayed as she began working there after her studies, and says she’s never looked back.
If you’re a fellow GirlCrew member, let Emma know when you get in touch and she’ll give you 10% off your first appointment. Thanks Emma!
So what is Osteopathy? It’s a system of complementary medicine that involves manipulation and massage of the skeleton and musculature to improve the health of the client.
“I practice with a very wide range of approaches, according to what my patient needs at the time of the session,” and even runs home visits, mainly for babies and children. It has been known to be a useful therapy to help back and neck pain, joint pain, head aches and other general aches, sports injuries, stress management and more.
“With treatment, as the body is brought to balance, it supports you to function better, helping different functions such as metabolism, focus, energy level, immune system, sleep etc.” Emma tells us.
Read her quick Q&A below and check out the links at the end of the article if you want to find out more about Emma’s practice.
1. What is the best thing about your role?
Being my own boss, and doing a job I love very much. I help people to get better every day, and it feels fantastic. It can take a lot of my energy sometimes on heavy busy days, but definitely worth it. I treat any one from any age and background and it is fantastic to experience all the diversity of personality and stories.
2. What did you find most challenging about it?
Being on my own boss and having to handle everything on my own, feels overwhelming sometimes and it would be nice to be able to rely on other people. But that’s the price to pay for freedom! The insecurities of self-employment, where you can have very good weeks, and not so good ones…
Any free time in the day is never a free ‘play time’; there is always some marketing, admin or networking to do.
3. What is your proudest work related achievement to date?
Having left all the clinics I was working for and starting on my own, finding the strength to take the chance/risk. Although I am aiming to build my own team one day, as it is much more fun to work with others! Also knowing that I am helping people with a lot of pain.
4. What would be your one tip to others who want to get involved in this industry?
Being self-employed requires a lot of self-discipline. It is not easy, and you always need to work to grow and support what you have already created. It is stressful at times and not everyone is made for it. But having the freedom to work for yourself and taking all the credits for what you do is priceless.
5. What would be your motto in life, and in work?
I love this quote from Gandhi: “Live as if you were to die tomorrow; learn as if you were to live forever.”I am enjoying life but always try to better myself by learning from others; every day is a new day and a new opportunity to learn something new.
6. What’s your favourite thing about being in GirlCrew?
Having a group where you can exchange, meet, share experiences is always something very valuable, London is a big city but once you are in the professional world it is hard to meet new people, especially in my profession, where I can’t make friends with my patients. So this group is a great opportunity to meet other girls and share experiences in London! (For those that won’t be my patients.)