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Karen Hastings

I look forward to welcoming you in South East London and to be a part of your journey in this great & ever-changing industry

Karen Hastings

As far as I can remember, I have always wanted to be a therapist.  My mum went to a therapist who worked from home and I would watch her have her legs waxed.  I guess this ignited the passion that I have for the industry which now spans more than 20 years.  I qualified in 1997 with an HND in Beauty Therapy and went straight to work in the World-Famous Old Course Hotel Golf Resort and Spa in St Andrews, Scotland. It was there where I was mentored by one of the best managers who taught me about high standards, which I still up-hold today and have done throughout my career.


The opportunity to come to London and work for Elemis to launch their Day Spa in Mayfair was too good to pass up and it was here where my love for holistic and complimentary treatments flourished.  I was very lucky to have been trained by their Director of Product and Treatment Development and one of the Co-Founders of Elemis Ltd.


I have dealt with a wide-cross section of the public, including high profile (celebrity) clients and Royalty. I also liaised with journalists and press within 5-star environments during open evenings, promotional events and demonstrations (some of the demonstrations were filmed on Lorraine on ITV and This Morning - when it was still Richard and Judy!).


I worked abroad in a prestigious Thalassa spa in Cyprus learning new techniques and gaining more knowledge and training and it was after working here that I was head-hunted to be part of the management team that launched a luxury boutique style salon in Selfridges London.
Throughout my whole career I have always mentored, trained, coached and supported new therapists and I decided to take this further.  I applied to a Further Education College and I was hired as an assessor initially, with no previous professional qualification and teaching experience. I was able to work and learn on the job to gain my qualification. The Head of Department was willing to employ me, she recognised I was passionate about maintaining high standards and the quality of assessments and of the next generation of therapists. I then progressed to gaining a full teaching qualification and then qualified as an Internal Quality Assurer.  The next logical step in my career was then becoming a Standards Verifier for an awarding body.  For 11 years, I worked within the Further Education field and gained a wealth of knowledge and experience.


I continued to build my own beauty and massage business alongside teaching, treating my private clients in their homes and at various events and last year made the decision to leave Further Education completely. I attended a couple of Gateway Workshops to refresh and to build on my own skillset and was impressed with the competency of the tutors, the structure of the courses and the consistency each time I attended. Not only that but each tutor was passionate and vibrant, and I loved that!  I was so excited when the opportunity arose to join the team.  I’m thrilled to be able to offer the same experience to others that I had when I attended a Gateway Workshop.  I look forward to welcoming you to my venue in South East London and to be a part of your journey in this great and ever-changing industry.

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Karen's Therapist and Tutor Qualifications

Teaching Qualifications


SCQF LEVEL 8 HND BEAUTY THERAPY
FOUNDATION DEGREE IN LIFELONG LEARNING (DTLLS)
A1 ASSESSOR L3 AWARD
NCFE LEVEL 4 INTERNAL QUALITY ASSURER (IQA)
VTCT LEVEL 4 LASER AND INTENSE PULSED LIGHT
STANDARDS VERIFIER PEARSON EDEXCEL
E-LEARNING AND INNOVATION CERTIFICATE
SAFEGUARDING ESSENTIALS
EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY
DATA PROTECTION AND GDPR
EMERGENCY FIRST AID AT WORK
EVACUATION FIRE MARSHALL TRAINING
CLARINS
DECLEOR
DERMALOGICA
EVE TAYLOR
ELEMIS
E’SPA
LA PRAIRIE
GUINOT (INCLUDING CATHIODERMIE)
CLARINS
IIAA
SPRAY TANNING
AGERA CLINICAL PEEL
LEOREX
MEDIC 8
THALION
THALGO
AMIROSE LASH PERMING
LCN MICRODERMABRASION
CARLTON BABY PEEL MICRODERMABRASION
SKIN MATE DIAMOND PEELING TECHNIQUES
SKIN MATE (HF, GALVANIC, MICROCURRENT, BRUSHING, AIR MASSAGE)
HIVE ROLLER WAXING
WAXXPRESS
INTIMATE WAXING
BARE ESCENTUALS MAKE UP
AIRBASE MAKE UP
JANE IREDALE SKINCARE MAKE UP
DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE
WARM BAMBOO MASSAGE
ON-SITE CHAIR MASSAGE
BABY MASSAGE INSTRUCTOR
REFLEXOLOGY TECHNIQUES FOR BABIES
TRIGGER POINT THERAPY
EUROPEAN NEUROMUSCULAR TECHNIQUES
EFFECTIVE STRETCHING INCORPORATING MET
PREGNANCY MASSAGE
INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE
VTCT LEVEL 3 HOT STONE MASSAGE
VTCT LEVEL 2 CERTIFICATE IN NAIL TECHNOLOGY
CITY AND GUILDS LEVEL 3 PROVIDE SINGLE EYELASH EXTENSION
GATEWAY INDIVIDUAL EYELASH EXTENSION
LASH LIFT AND TINT
MANICURE AND PEDICURE
FACIAL TREATMENTS
BODY ELECTRICAL TREATMENTS
WAXING
GEL POLISH
EYELASH/BROW TINTING
SPA TREATMENTS (THALASSO)
MICRO-LANCE TECHNIQUES
NO HANDS MASSAGE
CRYSTAL CLEAR SKIN SYSTEM
CYYSTAL CLEAR OXYGEN SYSTEM
CACI MK2 MICRO CURRENT

Additional training

Thai Foot
Hand, Arm, Leg and Foot Massage
Natural Lift Facial Massage
Thai 1
Meditation
Mayofascial Release

Courses from this Tutor

Massage Course

Advanced Deep Tissue Massage - Accredited Diploma Course - Karen Hastings

Baby Massage Instructor Training Course - Karen Hastings

Bamboo Massage - Accredited Diploma Course - Karen Hastings

Chair Massage | Seated Acupressure On Site Massage Accredited Diploma Course - Karen Hastings

Hand, Arm, Leg and Feet Massage Accredited Diploma Course - Karen Hastings

Indian Head Massage Accredited Diploma Course - Karen Hastings

Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage Accredited Diploma Course - Karen Hastings

Massage Introduction Workshop for Couples, Singles, Beginners and refresher - Full Body - Karen Hastings

Myofascial Release Massage Accredited Diploma Course - Karen Hastings

Natural Lift Facial Massage Accredited Diploma Course - Karen Hastings

Pregnancy Massage, Abdominal and Full Body Accredited Diploma Course - Karen Hastings

Thai Foot Massage Accredited Diploma Course - Karen Hastings

Thai Massage Accredited Diploma Course - Full Body Level 1 - Karen Hastings

Spiritual Course

Meditation Accredited Diploma Teaching Course - Karen Hastings

Karen's Therapist and Tutor Qualifications

Teaching Qualifications


SCQF LEVEL 8 HND BEAUTY THERAPY
FOUNDATION DEGREE IN LIFELONG LEARNING (DTLLS)
A1 ASSESSOR L3 AWARD
NCFE LEVEL 4 INTERNAL QUALITY ASSURER (IQA)
VTCT LEVEL 4 LASER AND INTENSE PULSED LIGHT
STANDARDS VERIFIER PEARSON EDEXCEL
E-LEARNING AND INNOVATION CERTIFICATE
SAFEGUARDING ESSENTIALS
EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY
DATA PROTECTION AND GDPR
EMERGENCY FIRST AID AT WORK
EVACUATION FIRE MARSHALL TRAINING
CLARINS
DECLEOR
DERMALOGICA
EVE TAYLOR
ELEMIS
E’SPA
LA PRAIRIE
GUINOT (INCLUDING CATHIODERMIE)
CLARINS
IIAA
SPRAY TANNING
AGERA CLINICAL PEEL
LEOREX
MEDIC 8
THALION
THALGO
AMIROSE LASH PERMING
LCN MICRODERMABRASION
CARLTON BABY PEEL MICRODERMABRASION
SKIN MATE DIAMOND PEELING TECHNIQUES
SKIN MATE (HF, GALVANIC, MICROCURRENT, BRUSHING, AIR MASSAGE)
HIVE ROLLER WAXING
WAXXPRESS
INTIMATE WAXING
BARE ESCENTUALS MAKE UP
AIRBASE MAKE UP
JANE IREDALE SKINCARE MAKE UP
DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE
WARM BAMBOO MASSAGE
ON-SITE CHAIR MASSAGE
BABY MASSAGE INSTRUCTOR
REFLEXOLOGY TECHNIQUES FOR BABIES
TRIGGER POINT THERAPY
EUROPEAN NEUROMUSCULAR TECHNIQUES
EFFECTIVE STRETCHING INCORPORATING MET
PREGNANCY MASSAGE
INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE
VTCT LEVEL 3 HOT STONE MASSAGE
VTCT LEVEL 2 CERTIFICATE IN NAIL TECHNOLOGY
CITY AND GUILDS LEVEL 3 PROVIDE SINGLE EYELASH EXTENSION
GATEWAY INDIVIDUAL EYELASH EXTENSION
LASH LIFT AND TINT
MANICURE AND PEDICURE
FACIAL TREATMENTS
BODY ELECTRICAL TREATMENTS
WAXING
GEL POLISH
EYELASH/BROW TINTING
SPA TREATMENTS (THALASSO)
MICRO-LANCE TECHNIQUES
NO HANDS MASSAGE
CRYSTAL CLEAR SKIN SYSTEM
CYYSTAL CLEAR OXYGEN SYSTEM
CACI MK2 MICRO CURRENT

Additional training

Thai Foot
Hand, Arm, Leg and Foot Massage
Natural Lift Facial Massage
Thai 1
Meditation
Mayofascial Release

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