Beauty students at Nescot have been talking about body image and self-esteem this week, as they link their practical sessions to Mental Health Month.
Students on the Level 3 qualification have started working on galvanic body therapies, which is a type of treatment aimed at reducing the appearance of cellulite.
At first they learnt about the theory of galvanic treatments, including using the gel and electric current safely, and then they practised treating one another.
Beauty Team Manager Andry Waters also talked to the students about the theories of body type, as well as issues around self-esteem and self-confidence that they or their clients might be experiencing.
“Beauty therapy is about helping your client to feel good about their body,” Andry said. “Starting body treatments was a great opportunity to have some open and honest conversations with the students.
“We talked about how everyone has issues with confidence sometimes, and how important it is to use positive language with our clients as professional therapists, but also with ourselves on a daily basis.
“I hope that having these kinds of conversations in the classroom will help us to normalise talking about mental health, and remind the students that we are always here for them when they need us.
“We were glad to mark World Mental Health Day, but as a department and as a college we know that mental health is important every day of the year.”
World Mental Health Day was on Monday, and throughout October students and staff at Nescot can take part in a range of events and workshops.