SPOTLIGHT ON A TRADER
Louise Green is the owner of Vidatherapy, an independent holistic treatment centre and beauty spa located on Teddington’s Church Road. Vidatherapy is a serene, welcoming place with friendly approachable staff and beautiful displays of Aveda products. Their ethos is to treat each customer holistically, as a whole person, encompassing all aspects of wellbeing. We caught up with Louise to find out more about Vidatherapy.
How long have you been trading in Teddington?
The shop has been here since 2004, 20 years next year, and I have worked here for 12 years as a beauty and massage therapist, before I had the exciting opportunity to buy the business in 2016.
What was your vision when you launched?
I loved the creative aspect of working at Vidatherapy so I put my efforts into creating the serene ambience, the window displays, the seating areas. I am passionate about holistic health, addressing the whole person. This includes physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual health. Addressing the whole person in mind and spirit can bring out the healthiest, happiest version of ourselves.
What makes the business stand out?
We have a wonderful, large professional team who are continuously training, to offer the best possible service to our clients. We have six massage therapists, five beauticians, a reflexologist, an acupuncturist, a nutritionist, and four incredible reception staff which make my life easier everyday. I am so proud of my wonderful holistic friendly and highly professional team. They're always so helpful, kind and professional to our clients and each other which creates such a lovely feel to Vidatherapy. You can feel it as soon as you arrive. We are open seven days a week, including Sundays and late nights, making it convenient for all clients to have treatments and treats. Vidatherapy also stocks and uses Aveda products in all our treatments, Aveda harnesses the power of nature and is created from pure plant and flower essences and is cruelty free since 1978.
What do you love about Teddington?
When I was young we moved around a lot because my father was a Lieutenant Commander in the British Navy. We moved to Teddington when I was six. When I was expecting my daughter, Lucy, I returned to Teddington and I am so pleased I did. I love the community spirit, the open spaces and the close proximity to London and everything it has to offer.
Besides your own shop what is your favourite shop in Teddington and why?
I love Elements hairdressers where Claire and her team are so friendly and make you feel looked after, I love the food at Sidra in Church Road and Roan Records. It’s so good to see independent shops in Teddington that offer something different and interesting, it’s what Teddington does so well.
What is your guilty pleasure?
I love painting and drawing in my spare time. I find it a wonderful way of relaxing. I use different mediums like pencil and paper, watercolours and oils. I also enjoy relaxing in local pubs with good friends and the great selection of restaurants in Teddington.
What special measures did you put in place for Covid lockdown?
Close contact services have always had to maintain a high level of hygiene, it’s what we are trained to do, but we had to remove so much such as no magazines or water. We had to wear masks, visors, plastic aprons and gloves which was not fun in the summer. We had to limit clients in waiting areas, take everyone's temperature coming into the spa along with so much signage, extra masks and hand sanitiser for clients. We would have done anything we were asked to do so we could reopen, doing what we love and providing a service for our clients. We’ve still kept 15 minutes between clients to clean the rooms and spend time with clients providing aftercare advice, so no one feels rushed. Covid was very hard but I feel so lucky we have survived where many didn’t.
Where in the world would you like to visit if time and money was no object?
Costa Rica or Bali. My ideal destination is hot, sunny, sandy, relaxing but also full of adventure. The world is so big. I love learning about different cultures and always feel we can learn from each other.
In no more than three words describe yourself
Passionate, strong and fair.
What do you see in the future for your business?
If you had asked me this question 5 years ago, I might have said a chain of Vidatherapy spas. Now I feel passionate about ensuring the success of the spa we have and the team that work at Vidatherapy. I want the spa to continue to be a success and for the clients and staff to be happy.