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Career focus: Somatology - getting paid to touch celebrities

By Busisiwe Mbatha | Oct 27, 2011 | COMMENTS [ 11 ]

IMAGINE getting paid to touch local and international celebrities, soccer players and affluent business people.

This is what Lesego Dibatana does for a living and she is doing it in one of South Africa's top hotels, Saxon Boutique Hotel, Villas and Spa at Sandhurst, Johannesburg nogal.

And you do not have to ask this 30-year-old somatologist if she enjoys her job, the answer is written all over her delightful face.

So how did Dibatana decide on somatology as a career?

"It has been my dream since I was a young girl," she smiled. My family always told me I had healing hands. Whenever anybody complained about pain, they would ask me to massage them."

Dibatana does assessments and treatment of skin and figure problems, cosmetic sales, application of make-up techniques, permanent and temporary removal of facial and body hair, manicures, pedicures, eyelash tinting as well as a variety of electrical equipment treatments and specialised massage techniques such as reflexology, aromatherapy, manual lymph drainage and Swedish massage, among other things.

She has been with the Spa for six years and she sayss: "It is a fantastic experience."

Since Dibatana started working at the spa, she has acquired managerial skills and learnt everything about the various types of beauty products.

She says her favourite treatment is sound therapy.

"I enjoy this because it is totally different. We use musical instruments such as the gong to produce sound that sends vibrations throughout the body to help unblock blockages and to relieve emotions," she says.

Dibatana says a good beauty therapist does much more than administering beauty treatments.

"You need to be professional and to protect clients' privacy and give them your full care and attention. Grooming is also very important. Because we work in close proximity with clients, we must adopt high standards of personal hygiene and grooming at all times," Dibatana says.

She adds that a warm personality is essential to make clients feel at ease. Therapists must be polite, friendly and conversational at all times.

Time-management is crucial. "Clients make appointments. It's essential that a therapist has excellent time-keeping skills. Clients should not be kept waiting for appointments and neither should a treatment be rushed because your last appointment ran over time," she says.

To aspiring beauty therapists Dibatana says there are many job opportunities at salons, health and fitness clubs, spas, cruise liners, airports, hotels, holiday resorts and hairdressing salons.

She says it is not difficult to become a senior therapist and ultimately a salon or area salon manager. All it takes is hard work.


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Id rather touch my babies than strangers...

Oct 27, 2011 9:25 | 0 replies

@missorangefam u are so negative don't ever in your life undermine other peoples job because every job is important to different individuals

@ somatology sebatana u go girl am proud of u because u love your job that means u will do it with passion and your clients will enjoy your company

Oct 27, 2011 2:41 | 0 replies

thats my sister you guys,im super uber proud of her

Oct 27, 2011 12:41 | 0 replies

I need woman's hands. No touch from any other sex...

Oct 27, 2011 12:35 | 0 replies

Ke kopa o tle sware ga nyanenyana tuu.

Oct 27, 2011 11:18 | 0 replies

You go girl... I lyk it.

Oct 27, 2011 10:45 | 0 replies

I don't trust gays.

Oct 27, 2011 10:24 | 0 replies

@Kadotcha, good point, i've also seen gays doing it. I've never seen any straight man in a somatology class. @Mothowagauteng, lol u said a mouth full.

Oct 27, 2011 10:17 | 0 replies

somatology is for beautiful girls. There was only 1 male somatology student in the history of UJ. PAPANYANA from Klerksdorp and he was gay! why banna ba sa dire somatology?

Oct 27, 2011 10:0 | 0 replies

@ MisOrangeFarm: What stupid comment. I wonder what work do you do!
Lesego: You go gilr.

Oct 27, 2011 9:34 | 0 replies

Your daughter Katlego will be very proud to have a mother like you....

Nov 02, 2011 10:46 | 0 replies