"Inspiration comes in many forms"

Living and being brought up on a hill top farm in Yorkshire, inspiration can come in many forms.

Having a life-long interest in the countryside, health, well-being, affordability, cruelty-free products and using natural products where possible, I bring the best to my clients by doing the best for the environment in the process.

A little about me…

I studied rural science at school which I enjoyed as it covered life cycle of native animals, plants and trees, natural habitat, conservation and land management at a basic level.

However in my late twenties I decided to return to college to pursue a career in hairdressing and soon to be followed, by a two year course in beauty therapy.

My passion for natural source of healing combined with plant extracts and massage therapy was realised.

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At this point I was working full time in a local beauty salon in Skipton, and I also returned to Craven College to study aromatherapy part time for a further year.

Gaining valuable experience in the salon and after having my family, I started my own business as a beauty and holistic therapist treating my clients in their own homes or business.

Always interested in building and growing my business, I have further trained in several holistic therapies, which include aromatherapy blends if requested. Indian head massage, Lymphatic Drainage massage, hot stone massage, Hopi ear candles, Thai massage and Reiki. Non-contact burning of essential oils enhances the treatment considerably.

My family, friends and clients have always helped and encourage me with my career choice offering to be guinea pigs when I have required models for new treatments and accepting my flexible working hours.

One of my greatest achievements in the past was offering my expertise as a volunteer complementary therapist, aromatherapy practitioner at the local wellbeing cancer support centre in Skipton, which I still occasionally support.

What makes my heart sing? My family who have been with me every step of the way, my cocker spaniels, gardening for pollinators and bee keeping, nature and conservation still playing their part.

Val Preston Beauty Therapist Skipton

At present I am a team member of SWIFT

(Supporting Women Inspiring Friendship and Training) women’s networking group. Which aims to encourage and support other business women or community projects in our local area.

Qualifications and Certifications

NVQ Hairdressing, City & Guilds Beauty Therapy, Cosmetic Make-up, Aromatherapy, PTLLS, Guild of Holistic Therapies Thai massage, Hopi Ear candles, Lymphatic Drainage massage, Hot Stone massage, Reiki 1st degree. BABTAC.