A NEGLECTED building has been transformed into a place of tranquillity.
Diane Gower and her husband started work on what was to become The Bath House, a holistic health centre, in November 2010, exposing the original beams and features before opening in March last year.
Diane said: “My husband is a carpenter and joiner so we did all the work ourselves, it was a challenge but I’m delighted with how it has turned out.”
She said the interior of the centre is a reflection of her personality and has influences from the year she spent travelling with her husband five years ago.
“People who come here say it is like being at home,” explained Diane. “That is the atmosphere I wanted to create, so that people could just relax and get the most out of their treatment.”
The centre, in Corby Old Village, has remained a family affair with Diane, her daughter Lynsay and cousin Caroline being the centre’s therapists. They are helped by Leigharna, who volunteers at the centre.
They offer a mix of treatments including massages, reiki, Indian head massages, chocolate body wraps, seaweed baths and pamper days. Everyone is given personal attention and is shown round the building before treatment starts to make them feel at ease.
Diane said: “Some people are anxious when they first arrive, they might be very self-conscious about their bodies or have a skin condition they’re embarrassed about. Seeing the change in them when they leave is wonderful. I always said that if I could help one person then it would have all been worthwhile.”
There is a relaxation area people can use after their treatments so they don’t have to rush back out into the real world. Out in the real world the centre has a good reputation built on word of mouth, but Diane would like more people to know about it.
“Everything we do we have experienced ourselves and we ask for feedback from models before introducing anything, and all the products we use are organic and chemical-free.”
Opening in a recession has had some benefits for Diane. “People are stressed,” she explained. “We have priced our treatments so they are affordable and we see most of our customers two or three times a year.”
The centre also runs various events and promotions and is looking at the possibility of running women’s wellbeing days. It has linked up with Corby International Swimming Pool and Lodge Park Sports Centre, and Diane stressed the centre does not offer beauty treatments. It is also available for hire for things such as yoga classes.
Diane and her husband have sunk their savings into the venture, but are delighted with how it has developed. “My vision for The Bath House has evolved,” said Diane. “But so far business has been over and beyond what we expected.”