Interview by Lisa Hillers.
Relaxainment is a growing massage agency, working with clients in and around Berlin.
We spoke with Nina Barthel, the founder about her goals and inspirations.
What inspired you to start working as a massage therapist?
I actually began work as a sales executive, guided by my parents to find a steady job. My interest in massage began as a casual hobby and then expanded when stressed colleagues would come by my desk for a quick massage to relax them before returning to work. During my employment my mother developed problems with her upper arm muscles, and as part of her rehabilitation, required me to give her a daily massage. It was at this point that I finally quit my job and decided to take my career in a new direction.
How did you come up with the idea of Relaxainment? How did it develop?
Whilst working as a massage therapist for 6 years, I worked for many different organisations and companies. I grew tired of jumping from one job to the next without having the chance to improve what I had learned over the years. I wanted to actively change the negative aspects that I had witnessed during this time and use this to create a higher quality service. Therefore I decided to build up my own agency where I could ensure that my ideas could be put into practice, so around 1 year ago I founded Relaxainment.
What kind of people is the service designed for? What kind of people make up the client base?
The possibilities are endless. I do work for a lot of large firms, small businesses, events and even the occasional sports team! It’s not always easy, especially at a company party with a room full of drunken clients. However I am constantly meeting diverse, interesting people which keeps my work fresh and never boring.
How to you promote Relaxainment?
Currently, most of my clients have heard about Relaxainment through word of mouth. My network of contacts has so far succeeded in promoting the service and keeping my schedule busy. In the very near future, the company website will be significantly improved and we hope to run more online promotion once the upgrade is finished.
Why did you choose to work at betahaus?
I was originally made aware of betahaus by my boyfriend who had been working on his own projects there. When I arrived in betahaus I was immediately hooked by the vibrant atmosphere and warm hearted people. I had so many things to think about and problems to solve but it was a huge comfort to me that I was with people in similar situations. We were able to share our experiences and make life so much easier, overcoming many of these problems together. Many of the people I met at betahaus now feel like family.
What was the last surprising thing that happened to you?
One of my recent clients was from a corporate bank and since he had been having back pain, requested an oil massage. So he removed his shirt and to my surprise he had a clothes label tattooed on his back with the words: 100% human, handwash only! I promptly asked him where he got it and he explained that it was at a music festival in Britain. I found it very amusing that someone in the world of corporate finance would have this kind of tattoo!