For the first time in a long time, I’ve had the space and energy to reflect on what last year taught me. As a business owner, I can honestly say that 2020 was one of the most challenging years of my life. Little Company is not only dependent on people being able to travel and move, but also feel safe in a space with others. This pandemic has impacted this greatly. But what I’ve also learnt is that creativity and innovation are often born from restrictions and limitations. We had no choice but to quickly figure out how we would weather the storm and stay afloat. This led us to creating and launching our At Home Facial Packs — an offering we always felt to offer, but never prioritised. Now we can’t imagine our business without it.
In a similar way, I’ve also realised that the success of our business is solely dependent on the quality of our therapists. This, too, is something the pandemic has highlighted: finding quality therapists is hard. Let alone teaching the ones we do find the techniques and methodologies that, at times, go against what they’ve been previously taught. I thought (read: hoped) that over time it would get better, easier. But it hasn’t.
One of the reasons why I started Little Company over 6 years ago was to show therapists that they didn’t need to conform to and perpetuate the norms of our industry — the dangerous beauty ideals, invasive and destructive practices and unhealthy work conditions and cultures that, ironically, lead to serious implications on everyone’s mental and physical wellbeing. I wanted to demonstrate to those who wanted to become therapists for the right reasons that Little Company was a studio and culture that recognised and honoured the profound potential that their skills have to support people in their everyday lives. I still strive to demonstrate this today.
But unlike when we started we’re not going to wait and hope that the industry will magically change itself. So, this year, we’re going to do something about it. Myself, my partner Kent and our incredible team have decided to create and launch a training school to support post-grad therapists and possibly create a pathway to become a practitioner without undertaking the conventional trainings. With a focus on understanding skin from a deeper, more holistic perspective that not only educates on skin, but general preparation of the self and how to become an incredible practitioner in our little niche. We don’t know what it’s going to look like yet, but we’re excited to create something that–as experienced therapists–we wish we had when we were students.
I don’t know how this is all going to look and work yet, but I know the time to reimagine how our industry educates our young, aspiring therapists is now. So if you’re interested in joining us on this journey — whether as a skin enthusiast, an aspiring therapist or an experienced one — click the link below, fill out a quick survey and we’ll keep you updated on when the school will officially launch.
Be well, with love.
Stace, Kent & The Little Company Team