Holistic Health Awards 2015 Winner

October 25, 2015Carol May News

Day spa owner Carol May hated the thought of her clients being unable to relax and get comfortable while undergoing treatments.

She would find that, despite the effects of massage or other holistic therapies, clients would quite often fidget as they tried to get comfortable on the treatment couch.

And with her Holistic Health and Spa business in Basford also offering treatments to the likes of cancer survivors and mums-to-be, she was determined to find a way around the problem.

Four years later, The Comfy Client cushion system was launched. And now it is picking up national awards for its innovative design.

Carol took home the Star Product Award 2015 at the Holistic Business Awards presented by Holistic Therapist Magazine at The Olympia Beauty Show, London, this month.

She said: "I've been in business in North Staffordshire for 13 years in total, starting off on my own and gradually expanding to a team of eight.

"I'm really passionate about what I do and I hated watching my clients struggle and move about. We have people here of all ages, people who have undergone surgery and pregnant women – and all of them were uncomfortable.

"There's a lot of blood, sweat and tears gone into developing this, but also a lot of love. We try to make it so special for people who come here.

"Now with this combination of support from high density foam and the comfort of memory foam, the cushions suit all shapes and sizes."

Made in the UK to CE marking standards, The Comfy Client is now sold worldwide, from Hawaii to Australia. It is made up of three interlinking cushions; a face saver, a main body bolster and an abdominal support/head rest.

As well as supporting and cushioning those undergoing treatments, the product can act as an extension to a treatment couch to prevent therapists over stretching on wider beds and enables beauty consultants to reach around their client's head and shoulders without accidently nipping the skin or disturbing their comfort.

Following consultations with materials experts, the cushions are fire retardant, bacteria resistant, water resistant, and NHS approved with many hospitals and hospices making use of the product.

Now Carol, who ploughed her own funds into bringing the product to market, hopes for further success in The Sentinel Business Awards in the Business Innovation category, sponsored by Staffordshire Business Innovation Centre.

She added: "We were thrilled and proud to receive the Holistic Business Award in recognition of our determination and hard work in endeavouring to make clients completely comfortable during all couch treatments, and saving therapists from unnecessary injuries while performing treatments.

"Clients are not flat so how can we expect them to completely relax against a flat couch? Even with padding it's still flat.

"The Comfy Client cushions completely transform the couch and treatment experience.

"Cancer survivors and cancer patients who felt pressure against their scar tissue now call the cushions 'magical' because during treatment there is no pressure to remind them of their cancer journey.

"Healthcare professionals also use the system confident in the knowledge that they come with the medical grade CE mark."

Carol hopes to grow The Comfy Client business alongside her day spa, and is preparing to launch a new website for the brand.

Holistic Therapist Magazine director Jayson Firmager said: "The Comfy Client stood out to the judges because it offers the solution to an age-old problem and will have a positive impact on therapists and clients alike during treatments."

Holistic Health Awards 2015 Winner

October 16, 2015Carol May News

The Olympia Beauty Show in London held a very special business awards ceremony last weekend hosted by Holistic Therapist Magazine for Star Product 2015. Carol May Director and creator of The Comfy Client Cushion System™ was invited to attend the awards ceremony after receiving an email saying that she had been shortlisted as one of the finalists out of hundreds of applicants.

Carol May, Managing Director of The Comfy Client Ltd and owner of Holistic Health & Spa Day Spa in Staffordshire said:

We are thrilled and proud to receive this award in recognition of our determination and hard work in endeavouring to make clients completely comfortable during all couch treatments and saving therapists from unnecessary injuries whilst performing treatments. The Comfy Client Cushion ™ has been designed by Carol May, a passionate therapist who still works as a therapist at her day spa in Staffordshire (Holistic Health & Spa). The Comfy Client Cushion System ™ took 4 years to develop and was finally launched in 2008 at Camexpo in Earls Court London where it won runner up prize for The Most Innovative product of the year! The Comfy Client Cushion System™ comprises of 3 interlinking cushions; a face saver, a main body bolster and an abdominal support/head rest.

Winner of Star Product of the Year 2015 - The Comfy Client Cushion System

Inspiration to create the cushions came from Carol’s passion to find a way to stop clients fidgeting during treatments when trying to make themselves comfortable. Carol quickly realised that standard cushions and bolsters would only offer temporary support that was comfortable and clients would soon start to fidget again. Carol wanted something that would support all clients male & female all shapes & sizes in the prone, supine, side-laying and seated positions to accommodate all body work treatments including pregnancy massage, holistic therapies, spa, beauty and aesthetic treatments, plus post surgical treatments. Clients are not flat so how can we expect them to completely relax against a flat couch even with padding it’s still flat.

The Comfy Client Cushions™ completely transforms the couch and treatment experience. Cancer survivors and cancer patients who felt pressure against their scar tissue now call the cushions ‘magical’ because during treatment there is no pressure to remind them of their cancer journey.

Healthcare professionals use the system confident in the knowledge that they come with the medical grade CE mark of approval and comply with all NHS health & safety requirements.

The cushions are fully flexible and adjustable enabling larger clients to relax due to the flexibility of the cushions ability to temporarily extend the treatment couch by creating arm rests. The Comfy Client Cushion ™ has special fabricated foams to absorb natural body heat from the client ensuring the client is supported in all the right places and perfectly cocooned in complete comfort.

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