Blind ambition for Doncaster massage therapist

A blind massage therapist says she feels her limited sight helps her to offer a better service to her clients.

Friday, 12th May 2017, 2:04 pm
Updated Monday, 15th May 2017, 8:28 am
A woman is given a massage at Robyn's Holistics in Doncaster

Robyn Magilton graduated with a Level 3 Diploma in Complementary Therapy from Doncaster College in 2015, and then set up her business - Robyn’s Holistics - at a local chiropractic clinic on Thorne Road.

She currently offers massage, aromatherapy, reflexology treatments, including hot stone massages.

Robyn’s impaired sight is caused by a genetic retinal condition called Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis, but she does not let this hold her back.

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She said: “I am registered blind, however I do have some vision. I do what I can to overcome the obstacles life gives me and feel that this limitation allows me to be a better therapist, relying more on what I feel than what I see, helping me to find tension and deal with it.

“We only get one life, so we need to make the most of it.”

Inviting new customers, she added:“If you’ve had a massage in the past and there hasn’t been enough pressure, I’d like to see if I can do better.”

With limited sight, Robyn knew that she would have trouble booking people in using the traditional methods, like a paper diary.

She worked with her boyfriend Alistair Mackay, aged 31, to setup an online booking system that she and her clients could use easily.

Using accessibility features on her phone, Robyn can book appointments, reschedule treatments and keep clients well informed on their upcoming session via automatic email.

Robyn, age 25, added: “I love to help people, whether that be to relax, de-stress or help ease someone’s pain, brought on by day-to-day activities or more serious conditions.”

In future, Robyn hopes to complete further qualifications to be able to offer more treatments or set up her own local clinic.

Visit to see the full list of treatments Robyn offers. You can book treatments online or call Robyn on 07533 732 113.