I was born in London, Greenwich. My parents relocated the family to Cornwall when I was 4 years old.
My father suffered with terrible back pain. When I was 7 years old, I’d want to help relieve his pain, he would get me to apply pressure over the tight muscles and even walk on his back!
It really encouraged me at a young age to want to be able to help people feel better.
I’ve always been able to intuitively feel where people’s pain is situated, I get a sense of warmth and tingling under my hands.
At the age of 9 I received my first aromatherapy blending set and experimented with the wonderful scents and oils.
After leaving school I qualified in massage, continuing on to do beauty therapy NVQs, also studying fashion and photographic makeup.
I would stay behind at college to help the tutors set up for their classes, organise log books and lessons.
They recognised my skills and offered to pay for me to do my Level 4 certificate in Education and A1 assessors’ award. I felt like I’d really found my place in life.
Over the years I’ve taught in Cornwall, Bath and Frome. Teaching ITEC massage, anatomy and physiology, level 2 and 3 beauty therapy and NVQ nail technology.
I had the most incredible mentors along the way, which inspired me and made me passionate about education.
I assisted setting up a successful beauty salon, working there too.
Later setting up my own beauty salon and training academy, gaining an understanding of the practical skills and pressures that come with running a business.
I’ve had years of success and enjoyment, teaching new students and enabling people to start new careers in treatments.
I introduced brands into Cornwall and taught for Sienna X and Airbase airbrush makeup.
My career then took me to Frome, giving me the opportunity to be in a more central location between my family in London and Cornwall.
I taught at Bath College, covering a tutor’s maternity leave. That year turned into 2 years teaching and I felt I learnt so much, covering Head lecturer for NVQ level 3 and the second year Level 1.
I taught different types of massage, electrical treatments, spa treatments and specialised massage courses, as well as level 2 beauty therapy. I loved being in Bath so much that I took the decision to sell my businesses in Cornwall.
My time at Bath College had come to an end and my manager linked me to my next adult government fast tracked training academy. I spent 2 years teaching level 3 nail technology, Level 3 makeup artistry, Level 3 complementary therapies and Level 4 certificate in Education.
I came 4th in a major makeup competition in London Olympia, making the local press and winning student of the year at college. In February 2020 the company went into insolvency due to funding no longer being attainable.
I was over the moon when I then saw a vacancy at Gateway. Throughout my experiences of beauty and the holistic industry I have always accessed Gateway courses for my ongoing training and found that there was a consistency in high standards and professionalism across the company at all venues, with all tutors.
I am so proud to be a part of the Gateway team and have found myself once again in a place that feels right.
Amazing tutor she’s very attentive and supportive and positive makes you feel so comfortable. Highly recommended I look forward to doing more courses in the future.
Christina's Therapist and Tutor Qualifications
Level 3 A1 assessors award
Level 4 certificate in further education teaching
Level 2 NVQ Beauty therapy to include:
●Health and safety
●Salon reception duties
●Effective team work and relationships, maintaining positive working relationships with customers
●Enhance facial appearance using makeup techniques
●Improve facial skin conditions - Facials
●Remove and lighten hair using temporary methods- Bleaching and waxing
●Enhance the appearance of eyebrows and lashes - tinting, shaping and false lashes
●Improve the appearance and condition of nails and adjacent skin - manicures and pedicures
Level 2 NVQ customer services to include:
●Giving customers a positive impression of yourself and your organisation
●Deliver reliable customer service
●Develop customer relationships
●Resolve customer service problems
●Promote additional products and services to customers
●NCFE CACHE level 2 certificate in Counselling
Level 3 NVQ beauty therapy to include:
●Contributing to the maintenance of improving the services to clients
●Contribute to the financial effectiveness of the business
●Contribute to the maintenance of health, safety and security in the salon
●Improve body condition using mechanical and electrical treatments
●Treat clients using body massage techniques
●Remove hair using diathermy and blend epilation techniques
●Treat clients using Aromatherapy body massage
●Enhance appearance using specialist make-up techniques
●Change and maintain the appearance of nails using artifical techniques
●Improve face and skin conditions using electrical treatments
●The Carlton Institute professional facial and body electrical
Level 3 VTCT Diploma in makeup artistry to include:
●Fashion and photographic make-up
●Instruction on make-up application
●Monitor and maintain health and safety practice in the salon
●Promote products and services to clients in a salon
●Client care and communication in beauty-related industries
●Design and apply face and body art
●Design and apply Mendhi skin decoration
●Airbase Airbrush make-up
●Fashion and photographic make-up diploma
●Fashion and photographic student of the year
●The Carlton Institute Advanced waxing
●Habia Male intimate waxing
Level 3 certificate in first line management to include:
●solving problems and making decisions
●Understanding change in the workplace
●Planning change in the workplace
●Achieving objectives through time management
●Introduction to leadership
●building the team
●Developing yourself and others
●Coaching and training your work team
●Planning to work efficiently
●Managing health and safety at work
●Effective meetings for managers
●Level 3 in managing own Professional Development within an organisation to include
●Level 2 Managing personal development
●Level 3 Set objectives and provide support for team members
●Level 3 Plan, allocate and monitor work of a team
●Level 4 provide leadership and direction for own area of responsibility
●Level 4 Develop working relationships with colleagues and stakeholders
●Level 4 Support individuals to develop and take responsibility for their performance
●Advanced level Apprenticeship in Management
●Level 2 OCR certificate in Adult Numeracy
●Level 2 OCR key skill in Application of number
●Level 2 OCR certificate in Adult Literacy
●Level 2 OCR Key skill in communication
●Level 2 OCR key skill in information and communication technology
Christina is trained in all Gateway Workshops Beauty and Massage Courses
●Vitru facial treatments
●Renu lift facial
●Susan Molyneux facial level 1 treatments
●Susan Molyneux facial level 2 treatments
●Susan Molyneux Slim gel body wraps
●Susan Molyneux Body treatments
●Ellison Academy Priadara Thai Style massage
●The Carlton Institute Hot stone therapy
●Thalgo Incoceane course
●Thalgo sea and senses marine Hot stones massage
●Level 3 Itec Diploma in Anatomy physiology and body massage
●Aquamassage and pregnancy massage
●Sienna X spray tanning
●Sienna X advanced contour tanning
●St.Tropez manual tanning
●Sweet Squared Grand master nail technician to include, hard gel, soft gel, acrylic and wraps
●Kupa E-File training for artificial nails
●The guild of Beauty therapist Reflexology
●The guild of Beauty therapist Hand Reflexology
●Face Frame 3D Eyebrows
●Taylored for you Henna Brow application
●Lash perfect individual eyelash extensions
●Flirties volume lash techniques
●Flirties Advanced lash techniques
●Amirose International limited eyelash perming
●LVL lash lifting technician
●British Beauty Academy threading depilation