Meet the residents: Yurt in the City
Our resident massage therapist Marcos Martin-Suarez runs his therapy business, Wild Wood Therapies, from a beautiful Mongolian yurt, called Yurt in the City, which is hidden away in the Bone Yard’s warehouse space.
Marcos treats clients who book appointments for deep tissue, holistic, Swedish or aromatherapy massages. When he’s not using the space himself it’s used to facilitate workshops, classes and groups and by other self-employed therapists.
A grounding natural space, inspired by festivals
The Bone Yard has proved an ideal location for Wild Wood Therapies. Marcos has been a holistic massage therapist for over 15 years and struggled in the past to find a suitable space in Cardiff. He says, “Having rented out characterless clinic rooms I realised that I would much prefer to work from a grounding natural structure. I was inspired by structures at festivals where I had worked as a therapist, and by the outdoor and off-grid lifestyle that I’m a fan of. I had the idea of creating a natural yurt space, but within a warehouse so that the elements wouldn’t affect it.”
He found the perfect yurt (a wooden and canvas circular structure) with wooden flooring and original artwork in the South of France, and – “fuelled by croissants!” – travelled to collect it. On returning back to the UK he then set it up in the Bone Yard warehouse, where it is fully heated and decorated with rugs, furniture and cushions to create a cosy interior space, perfect for treating clients.
A gamble that paid off
Marcos feels that his biggest challenge has been turning a cold industrial warehouse into a warm therapeutic environment suitable for treatments: insulating it, managing noise levels and ironing out problems that cannot be planned for, such as the warehouse roof windows blowing out in a storm!
However it’s all been worth it, as he explains: “Putting a yurt in a warehouse was a gamble, and working from it as a therapist is very unusual, but it has been so rewarding that the risk paid off!” Not only has it worked out for Marcos, but other therapists also now work at the Yurt, and there is also a regular programme of meditation, yoga and sound healing classes held there.
A growing business - and a dad-to-be!
As the Yurt has worked out so well, and there is a high demand by people to use the space, Marcos is now looking at expanding his business and exploring additional sites. Marcos has a consistent client base who love coming to the Yurt, and he says that though he’s excited to see his business growing, “Most of all right now, I'm excited about the fact that I am having a son in December!”
Marcos’ advice to anyone starting their own business? “Your heart needs to be in the right place and you need to have a strong vision to envision what exactly it is you want to create. It’s your heart and passion that will bring it to life!”
Keen to visit the Yurt?
Wild Wood Therapies has a special offer throughout October 2017: a 90 minute massage for just £50 (usually £65). Also, regular classes and events are held at the yurt, which holds up to 10 people for small intimate yoga classes, or up to 25 for a weekly Buddhist meditation session. There are monthly gong baths (a relaxing restorative session, lying down in the warmth listening to the sounds of gong vibrations being played). You can find out about these and other regular and one-off workshops and events on the Yurt in the City Facebook page (new website coming soon!).
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