As an experienced physiotherapist Marvellous Mum, Becky Aston decided to set up her own business, Becky Aston Physiotherapy, after she had had her three children and has never looked back!
• Which part of the Chilterns do you live?
I live in the Chiltern Hills
• Family members:
My husband Will, Charlotte who is 10, Tom is 8 and Lizzie who is 4 going on 16
• Sum up your business in a sentence:
I am a Physiotherapist who specializes in treating predominantly Women’s Health conditions such as musculoskeletal pain in pregnancy, post natal recovery and all aspects of pelvic floor dysfunction, whether pain or bladder and bowel control problems.
• What’s your career background?
I completed a degree in Physiotherapy at the University of East London in 1997 and spent the next years in London teaching hospitals. I knew early on that I had a passion for women’s health as I could see how improving women’s well being led to a huge change in their quality of life.
• How did your career change after becoming a mum?
Initially after my first 2 I was able to drop some hours in the NHS and work 3 days a week, but I knew after our third child was born, it was going to be more challenging. Being part time made it difficult to go back leading a team and in reality I was contactable on my “days off” so it always felt slightly more pressurized than before having children. I think this is the case for most working mums being pulled in too many directions!
• What first inspired you to start Becky Aston Physiotherapy?
I started the business in 2014 when our third and last child was 2. I wanted to create something that I was proud of and that would fit into a life with 3 children. I love working as a Physiotherapist and feel lucky that it is something I can do around being a Mum.
• And how did you move from idea to actually taking your first business steps?
Starting the business in some ways was easy because my clinical skills were already there. I did however underestimate how much knowledge is needed to run a small business and the continuum of marketing is endless.
• What skills or experience from your career do you use in your business?
I use all the skills I used as a Physiotherapist in the NHS and more. I have the luxury in my new business to spend longer with clients and explore their problems in a more holistic manner. It’s a less manic environment in many ways.
• Who is your target customer and how do you find and market to them?
Women are my clients predominantly although I do see men with pelvic pain too. As women we face challenges physically and emotionally at different times of our lives. Being the mother figure and carer, our problems or recovery are often the last to be addressed, if they are ever addressed! So the women that I help have musculoskeletal pain during pregnancy or in the post natal period, need help recovering post birth- the MUMMY MOT (every women needs this), pelvic pain, incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, constipation, post gynaecology surgery help etc…
• What are the biggest challenges you have had to overcome in starting your own business?
Getting the word out there that there is help. Most people don’t realise that a Physiotherapist can help with these conditions
• Your biggest successes to date?
My success is measured in the words I receive from my patients and the fact that many past clients recommend me to their friends and family
• What’s your vision for your business?
That I continue to grow, and more people become aware of the help provided by Physiotherapists who specialise in Obstetrics, Gynaecology and pelvic conditions.
• What has most surprised you about yourself in starting your business?
My last role in the NHS had a large management component and coming back to purely clinical skills has made me realise how much I love being a Physiotherapist.
• How do you juggle running a business and family life?
Not sure, but it works somehow. I love both roles, so it balances nicely.
• What advice do you have for other mums who want to start a business?
Work out what your aims are, short and long term and make yourself targets in order to achieve those aims
• How do you relax?
I must be getting old, but I relish half a day in the garden. I also enjoy walking our dog Hector and spending time getting involved with the children doing their many hobbies.
• What do you love most about where you live?
The open spaces of the countryside and seeing the kids explore and grow in that environment. We have chickens and grow vegetables so they can see where things come from.
• Your simple pleasure?
A good TV drama with intrigue and mystery
• What’s your favourite tipple?
Different at different times of the year and place. Winter- Gin and tonic in front of a fire, but now the weather looks like it is improving a glass of crisp white wine or rose.
• Top dinner party guest?
Would have to be someone funny, probably Peter Kay.
• Favourite Meal? If you have a link to the recipe that would be great.
I’m a real foodie, so this is a difficult one, cant go wrong with some garlic and prawns and some fresh salads- I love Yotam Ottolenghis cook book PLENTY which is a fusion between Lebanese and Italian
• One thing on your bucket list?
So many things, northern lights, whale watching in Iceland……
• Website: www.beckyastonphysiotherapy.co.uk