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A Peek Into the Life Of… Spa Therapist – ‘Tito Balogun



We made a call for BellaNaija readers to be a part of a new exciting feature, titled A Peek Into The Life Of‘ which the Features Team has been working on. {Click here if you missed it} We’ve been very excited by the feedback we’ve received and we’re happy with the submissions we’ve been receiving. It feels so good to get to know our readers better – what they do. So far, we’ve had four interestingly diverse features. Deyemi OkanlawonChinedu Anarado Jennifer Akporehe Tosan Iwere and Adetomi Imoteda Aladeokomo.

We’re so excited with the number of entries we’re receiving. Today, we’re taking a peek into the life of Bolatito Balogun. Tito has two jobs, so she has decided to share one of them with us today. Read on to see what it is to be a Spa Therapist.

IMG-20150825-WA0024Job Title
CEO of Sarayah Beauty |Spa Therapist Village Hotels

What do you do specifically?
I juggle!!! Like many other women, I have taken on a number of roles. I am mobile beauty Therapist with a range of homemade bath and body products including scrubs and moisturisers. I am also a Spa Therapist at the Village hotel in Leeds on the weekends. Finally my ‘9 to 5’ role is as a Commercial Manager at a hosted Telecommunications organisation.
My passion is being a beauty therapist! This is my favourite role and the one I could not do without.

How long have you been at the job?
I have been a beauty therapist for a little over 4 years now.

Highlights of your job
Working as a spa therapist is one of the most rewarding jobs ever. It is very fast paced; as one client leaves the room, the next appointment is waiting. You have to be on point with timing or you end up working through your lunch. It’s back to back!!! The day goes super quickly! I get to meet new people almost every hour. There is never a dull moment at the spa. As a mobile therapist being invited to give treatments at pamper parties.

Oh and Real Talk Fridays with my Instagram friends and clients. I could go on and on…

I would say the most rewarding aspect of my job is the satisfaction of each client saying ” Thank you, that was lovely”. Knowing you have made someone feel less stressed and more positive about life in general is a great feeling in itself.

IMG-20150825-WA0010Downside of your job
Idiots calling me up or coming to the spa in search of extras *rolls eyes*. At least at the Spa we are thoroughly protected from these pervs. As a mobile therapist when I get a call from a male asking for a ‘wink’ massage. In a bid to be professional at all times, I say, “Unfortunately sir, we do not offer those sorts of services. Might I suggest your local brothel? Thanks for your enquiry, Goodbye” Number blocked and life goes on.

If you weren’t a beauty therapist what would you be doing?
Hmmm, I would be bothering my husband with questions like. “Do you think I would have made a good Beauty therapist” /” Why did I not pursue it?”

Sarayah york IMG-20150825-WA0018 IMG-20150825-WA0015 On a scale of 1 to 10 how would you grade your skill set at this job
I am the best in the business! No one can give you a more relaxing treatment. No one! Just joking, I would say an 8, I feel there is so much more I could learn. I would love to travel the world and learn different massage techniques from different parts of the world.

Are you living career dream?

We absolutely adore working Mums! It’s impressive to see how Bolatito handles clients who want to take things too far.  Let’s take a closer look at her average day at the spa.

IMG-20150825-WA0016Typical Saturday at the Spa

6.30 am: Wake up
7:00 am -8:00am: Kids fed, washed and handed to their Dad. Dad wished goodluck!
9.00am-10:00 am: Arrive at the spa, get my treatment room ready for the day. 1st Client: Full leg wax and under arm wax. (1hour Treatment)
11 am-12.30am: 2nd client: Full body massage, with 30-minute express facial (1hr 30min Treatment)
12:30 -1.00pm: Grab something to eat fast
1.00pm-1.30pm: 3rd client, Back Massage (30 min Treatment)
1.30pm-2.00pm: 4th client Back Massage (30min Treatment)
2.00pm-3.00pm: 5th client 1 hour facial
3pm-4.00pm: 6th client: 1 hour Full body massage
4pm-6.00pm: 7th client . 1 hour Full body massage, manicure and pedicure.
6.00pm-7.00pm: Tidy up and end my shift.
9.00pm-10.00pm: Kids bathed, fed and put in bed.
10pm-1.00am: Start preparing Sarayah skincare orders of moisturisers and body scrubs for clients.
1am: Cheeky Haagen daaz
2am-6.30am: Sleep!


  1. Fifi

    September 10, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    The fact that she called people idiots already telld me not to patronise her, no wonder ive never heard about her spa services


      September 10, 2015 at 12:56 pm

      The “idiots” she is referring to is men (or women) who think that spa services include sexual favours. They deserve to be called idiots, right?

    • IyaEko

      September 10, 2015 at 1:37 pm

      Wrong. While they not only derserve to be called idiots, being interviewed as a professional calls for some decorum. This interview was definitely not the place to refer to anyone as an idiot. I run a business myself and I do run across a number of idiots. A better choice of words with the added humor which she definitely has would have sufficed.

    • Que

      September 10, 2015 at 1:53 pm

      Well…BN… considering that there are actually ‘adult’ services spas in existence elsewhere- and it is legal, i.e. spas that offer the ‘extras’ plus even options for adult nude pools, the people calling might simply be making enquiries with no intention of insulting you, I doubt they would dial up a chef to make same enquiries…..I am neither the customer service person nor the therapist in question, so I don’t know the details or approach of the callers, but if it is a simple enquiry then a simple explanation of your services will do. no need for extra insult. if they ass insult, then feel free to pull the bets off….

      Well done to her though, for roughing it in this climate….not for the fainthearted.

    • Kili

      September 10, 2015 at 2:27 pm

      Not so. At least not in an interview.

    • Sarayah Beauty

      September 10, 2015 at 2:17 pm

      I apologise that the word “Idiot” offends you. It was said out of frustration of trying to run a clean business and I get people call me and ask straight out “How much for one hour F***” Its upsetting, so this is what I though of when I used that word. I still respond to them professionally and never ever insult or name call clients even when they are wrong. . but I agree , I should not have used that word. .Apologies to anyone offended by this.

    • Fifi

      September 10, 2015 at 5:14 pm

      Thank you

  2. Mz Socially Awkward...

    September 10, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Hahaha! You’re a hoot … And your hubs must be so glad he skipped the 50-question interrogation that was in store for him if you didn’t pursue your dream. ?

    Those idiots looking for massages with extras remind me of that one episode of Friends with Phoebe’s gross client. My sister, it’s the worldwide malady of masseuses.

    Since you say that you’re the best in the game, we shall put feelers out and test that claim to the fullest measure!! Just joking. No, I’m not. Actually, I am. Or not. Just prepare for our reviews. ?

    Nice read! ??

    • Sbr

      September 10, 2015 at 1:21 pm

      Yes, it was a very interesting read. 4.5 hours sleep a day, chai I need to sleep less.

    • Sarayah Beauty

      September 10, 2015 at 2:45 pm

      Lolll….he is lucky indeed…lol…..Being a masseus is hard o, very hard, especially when they are not upfront about what they want, they just say back massage and then you get there and they switch it up on you and be saying “no, I will like a back massage with a happy ending” lol. Its a thunderstorm of a market. But one learns how to laugh about it, But hey ho…its all good, every career has its downsides. I am glad the upsides of this one outweighs the downsides 🙂 I wish to be the best o…I only wish…

    • Yosola

      September 12, 2015 at 2:10 am

      Words can’t express how proud we all are of you Tito. You’ve come a lonnnnng way from that mischief filled 8 year old I met in Kaduna when you had just come back. And Sarayah products are amazing!

  3. Abisoye.B.

    September 10, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy thats my sister!!!!! sooo proud of you girl! and i do agree, people calling for “Sexual massages” deserve to be called IDIOTS

  4. Big Tee

    September 10, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    I usually look for spa services with happy endings, sometimes I visit the spa just because of the end game….don’t judge me biko….

  5. mimiph

    September 10, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Aaawww,,good to know your a hard working mum and your enjoying your job…Thank God for your loving and understanding husband..atleast his a stay at home Dad that looks after your children cuz Nannies won’t do the job raising your kids…Bravo hun!!

    • Que

      September 10, 2015 at 3:07 pm

      I need to re-read…where did she say he’s a stay-at-home papa? what if she meant handing over for him to drop at school, etc…

    • Grace

      September 10, 2015 at 4:07 pm

      She works at the spa at weekend I think

  6. Aisha Olalemi-Amode

    September 10, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    GO TITO!!!! So proud of you hunnie. You are the best in the game and your hard work and dedication is starting to pay off. Keep it up!

  7. Fatima Aminu

    September 10, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    Well done Tito very proud of you sis. Don’t know how you do it all.

  8. Xxx

    September 10, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    Well done! I have tried her products and they are fantastic! The anti ageing line and moisturising line in particular! Proud of your persistence! Super woman!

  9. Imoteda

    September 10, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    Go Tito!!! Love it. Your products are absolutely amazing. You know how I feel about that coconut scrub and the anti aging cream! keep the dream going!!! Can’t wait to buy your stuff in M&S and selfridges!

  10. Tosin

    September 10, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    one of my students used to say, joking, “let us tell awaselves the troot” and i’ve been thinking that a lot in the last minutes, also here.

    • ElessarisEllendil

      September 10, 2015 at 3:39 pm

      I feel their is a part two to this story, please tell us.

  11. Chi

    September 10, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    I think she is well within her right to refer to people like that as idiots. Although, I feel she was only joking as the whole sentence seemed light hearted to me. Also the question was what are the downsides of what you do. You cant judge someones choice of words without living their life. I like reading honest interviews like this, were people are themselves and not fake because they want to promote business. When it is not job interview, this is a blog and should be read as such.
    Sarayah please stop apologising for your choice of word just keep working hard and keeping chasing your dreams be the best you can be

  12. Temi Orisan

    September 10, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    Yes!!!!!!!! I love your products.. The dehydrating body Scrub is breath taking. Kisses

  13. ElessarisEllendil

    September 10, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    “Might I suggest your local brothel?; I admire people who can always react with humour in the face of idiots.???

    Come-on People, she used “idiot” for our benefit. Be more fun people.

  14. ugo

    September 10, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    You have a very big opportunity to sell ur market on a big platform such as BN and u decide to mess it all up. Thats why customer service is dead in Naija. So much aggression and frustration. There shud be customer service course provided ASAP. If a customer calls for a 3some, leave all ur anger and fustration at home and answer politely like a pro. Kindly explain that you do not provide such services unfortunately and go ahead and explain your services and hope the customer will patronise u very soon. That’s all. No one is an idiot. Geezzzzz.

    • taye

      September 10, 2015 at 4:40 pm

      i thought she did, she even suggested a location for the services required. i dont think she actually called the person an idiot. Or have i read it wrong.

    • peperempe

      September 10, 2015 at 4:48 pm

      @ ugo……… she is in UK and not naija so dont be quick to condemn

    • gbemz

      September 10, 2015 at 5:05 pm

      Oooo pleaaseee give the hardworking woman a break did she call u idiot, did she say she ever calls them idiots to their faces, are u d one calling for extra happy endings?? Biko choose ur words wisely, there was no need for u to referrence customer service . She didnt mess any opportunities up

    • molarah

      September 11, 2015 at 12:03 am

      Are you sure you are not one of them? E be like say d vex enter ya body.

  15. Ruth

    September 10, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    I so much like her, would love to meet her.

  16. Peaches77

    September 10, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    Weldon lady!
    I admire your good and dedicated work ethics.

  17. Ewere

    September 10, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Yassssssssssss! Go tito! Instead of people to see the positive in this interview about a hardworking mother, wife n woman….. they bloody dwell on the negatives “the word Idiot”… That’s the world we live in…….the world would be a better place if people focused on the Positives!!! Keep doing YOU baby girl!!!! See u at the top!!!!

  18. Shaddypops

    September 10, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    Yaaaay My Bolatito I am super proud of you love,oh good thing u apologized to clear the air. Because of your kinda business, pervert tend to ask for the “Happyending” but you just have to always let them know you don’t offer such services. Keep doing you my dear. HUGS/KISSES.

  19. Anon

    September 10, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    I love the fact that you have several streams of income. Well done.

  20. Uju Lilian Ikegbune

    September 10, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    Well done Sarayah! I am so inspired. (mum, wife, entrepreneur n working class) we can have it all if we really want it.
    Bella naija thanks for bringing this new feature”A sneak peek into the life of”

  21. Sibi

    September 11, 2015 at 9:25 am

    Way to go Tito!!!!! I’m so proud of the woman you have evolved into, running a home and a business . I thank God for u!!!!! I love the hydrating scrub!!!! It’s feels so good after a good scrub!!!!!…… Weldone, don’t let anyone’s comment disturb u o,

  22. Biba

    September 11, 2015 at 11:14 am

    If you know Tito personally then you’d understand her sense of humour, according to what I comprehended she only referred to the annoying callers as idiots, not that she called them idiots when they called. Proud of you T, God bless you real good.

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