7 March 2021|Latest Posts, Meet the Successful Founder
Emilia is a Chinese Medicine Practitioner, Acupuncturist, Herbal Medicine Practitioner and Female Co-Founder of Escapada Health; a retreat, clinic and online platform which provides clients with a simple, timeless and personalised 4-pillar health solution through the synergy of Chinese Medicine (TCM) integrative strategies including acupuncture, herbal medicine, nourishing nutrition, mindful movement and self-care practices.
“I always knew deep inside that life, medicine, health and nature were things I was going to study about. My father, a GP in 4th generation, trained in Chinese Medicine for 30 years and my mother was passionate about 5-Elemental cooking for us kids. Both were great inspirations on my journey to who I am and what I do today. After achieving a Bachelor in Integrated Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture followed by a Master degree in Chinese Herbal Medicine from the University of Westminster, I started my own little Acupuncture clinic in central London. I couldn’t wait for my journey as a TCM practitioner to begin.
Maeve and I met at college in London which soon developed into a close friendship. The retreat concept came about through our shared vision and passion for integrative medicine: we both envisioned to bring Chinese medicine to beautiful, luxurious places and invite people to experience the practical approach of ancient wisdom with modern lifestyle. Six years later, complemented and inspired by life in cosmopolitan London and our practical clinic experience, we turned our dream into reality. Escapada Health Retreat got off the ground; a much needed holistic medical retreat concept that empowered clients to choose strengthening health over simply managing dis-ease. On Retreat we invite our guests to escape everyday life and explore and experience there practical application of our 4-Pillar Health Solution: Holistic Treatments, Mindful Movement, Nourishing Nutrition and Ultimate Me Time.”
What would you’d love to share to encourage other women to start their own company?
Passion and trust in your product and everything flows from this standpoint. Also, trust in the process. There will be many frustrating and tiring moments but once you know and trust in your product, this will pull you through those hard times. Have it clear in your mind why you are doing what you do and it will drive you with determination.
What are your 5 top tips for entrepreneurial success?
Identify your core motivation and let it be the driving force of your venture
Dream big and paint a picture of what you want to achieve, then go back to the here and now
Be brave; obstacles will occur, don’t let them stop you from chasing your dream
Surround yourself with people that support your vision
Love the journey!
Who are the 5 women who inspire you the most?
Kamala Harris: an inspiration to young girls everywhere, who encourages you to spread your wings and fly. “While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last, because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities”
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: through her various verdicts, supporting women’s rights, LGBT causes and racial equality
Princess Diana: everyone in society deserves to have a voice
Malala Yousafzai: for her dedication to giving every girl and opportunity to achieve their ideal future
My Mother: for her unconditional love and support
What is your favourite saying/inspirational quote?
“When you accept yourself, the whole world accepts you” – Lao Tzu
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