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By West Norwood Therapies Team, Nov 18 2019 05:25PM

WNT founder and manager Jennie Duck shares her experience of the WNT team effort in making a video and in general how this collaborative ethos sets the tone for a great clinic and studio.



We made this video with footage taken on an in-house photo and video shoot when I was down for our 5th birthday celebrations at the start of October. It feels appropriate that the collaborative ethos of our work made the very tools that we want to use to promote it - what we can achieve when we get together.


It's been so exciting to see the fruits of our efforts in putting together a video showing who we are as WNT and how we work. The 90 second video we've made really does show us, it gives an authentic feel for our clinic and studio space and us as a team. I'm really proud and happy that the place and environment shown in this video is West Norwood Therapies, a seed I sowed back in 2014 that has grown to be so much more than me working alone in a room! The collaborative ethos and energy that shines through in the video is what makes WNT unique and pretty damn awesome :-)



That trip south (from my rural home on the West coast of Scotland) was a fabulous few days. We were all really excited to be together for celebrating our birthday - it's a rare privilidge to be with each and every one of us, it can be hard to get a dynamic gang in one place at once! We had a meeting on the Saturday afternoon, refelcting on our successes and challenges as individual practitioners as well as a collective. We rounded this off with a 'cup of friendship' - a Scottish tradition involving a bottle of whiskey and a quaich. Yummy.



After our meeting we headed out to one of WN's best local restaurants, The Garden (even more yummy) and nursed our hangovers at Feast the next day before turning WNT into a photo studio and shooting a pile of photos and videos to help us with promoting our unique and awesome business with the people we want to work with (you!).


I keep coming back to 4 words to describe the experience in working with the Wonderful Women of WNT and those are: warm, thoughtful, intelligent and fun. That is the environment we create at West Norwood Therapies which gives the energy that runs through treatments and classes. After celebrating us as a collective we want to celebrate us as individuals - so over the next few weeks we'll be running social media posts along the theme 'we love working with...' describing one another as colleagues. We hope you enjoy getting to know us better!


Jennie x






By West Norwood Therapies Team, Sep 2 2019 10:54AM

West Norwood Therapies founder Jennie Duck is excited to be celebrating 5 years of WNT as we build up to our birthday in October


We are nearly 5!!! It is very exciting to be turning 5 in a month's time and in the build up to this we will be highlighting our last five years of working with all sorts of clients in West Norwood, the diversity of what we offer / have offered over the years and the collaborative way we do this.


We hope you'll enjoy following our commemorative campaign as we acknowledge our work so far and look forward to building on this over the next 5 years!


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By West Norwood Therapies Team, Apr 15 2019 01:35PM

WNT founder and manager Jennie Duck shares how we decided on a beautiful new studio floor and the teamwork that made it happen


I always hated laminate flooring. It had been suggested that it would be a good alternative to our carpet a couple of years back as we were starting to offer more classes as well as treatments and I pretty much flatly refused. We ended up going with a foam interim - sounds awful but actually worked well for classes and looked quite good. But it was a faff for treatments since it needed protective mats and not the most durable option in the long term so back to the drawing board...


Then I discovered laminate can be nice!!! Who knew??! In fact it can be really lovely - like the oak effect that we went for as pictured here.


So it was all hands on deck to get the room cleared out and then reconstituted with minimal disruption to the clinic and classes. Our team in action - I stayed 400miles away in Scotland and kept in tune with progress. My husband travelled down to put the flooring in - a mammoth job over a long weekend with 4am starts and late nights. Thank goodness he loves me enough to see it through, as old-man-like he was on arrival home with sore knees from kneeling and a tired body.


Again I give my thanks that the team at WNT is so much a team and the comaraderie and engagment is there to make decisions together (once I open my mind to the options of course ;-) and carry out work to make things happen.


Everyone is happy with the look and the first round of students have enjoyed classes on it so we are excited and optimistic that it is a great new chapter for us in our life as a yoga, tai chi, qigong and (soon) Feldenkrais studio as well as a clinic for treatments.





By West Norwood Therapies Team, Mar 8 2019 09:46AM

WNT founder Jennie Duck reflects on what it means to her to work with the Wonderful Women of WNT and how the tone of the team helps nurture the culture of the clinic and studio.


I hadn’t intended for West Norwood Therapies to become a formidable team of women. Formidable yes, but not only women. We have had a couple of men in the mix over the years, but as we head towards our 5th birthday this October we are 12 (wonderful) women.


And as International Women’s Day arrives I’m reflecting on what that means to me and find it is making me very grateful to have this gang around me.


Support

Support is a core value of WNT so any practitioner who flourishes in the team is a good example of support. Everyone has a sense that our emotional, physical and mental wellbeing matter and have an impact on how business goes. I attribute this to more of a female way of approaching life, but it must be boosted also by our vocations as therapists and teachers! Either way, supporting one another through challenging times helps us be stronger as a team.


Nourishment

Our monthly meetings are a precious time of coming together and we leave feeling nourished. It can be a time for sharing, for peer or business support, and sometimes just a time to connect with other women in a similar role who are all rather lovely, caring and funny :-)


Capability

These women are amazing! Everyone is pulled in different directions with varying commitments and pressures and everyone not only copes but flourishes. Our loyal band of clients, students and patients can testify to the level of professionalism and skill each practitioner brings to WNT and its an important core of what we offer – a high standard of client care.


Inspiration

We all bring something different to the table at WNT and this helps us practice with integrity and to be constantly evolving and learning in our professional environment. We inspire each other but we also let each other inspire us, an important distinction in strong team work.


Fun

Living in Scotland now it’s hard to socialise with the team as much, but I still call in for team meetings and come down for meetings and social events a few times a year and it’s always fun! There is a light heartedness that can be found in sincerity which I believe nurtures compassion and integrity – again these are integral to the values and goals of WNT.


All of this is especially important because the environment we create and nurture as a team sets the tone for our clinic and studio. We reflect on our values regularly and are conscious to practice with integrity in a very down to earth, human and warm way.


I love the team at WNT and I am proud to be part of this gang of Wonderful Women :-)








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