About Leila Mazouz
My name is Leila and I was born and raised in a family of healers, stretching back to my 5th great grandfather. The temple in which he is buried is still visited by people of the area, hoping that just being there will cure their sickness. When I was a kid, my family and I would go every year. I would go inside, touch his grave and the colourful material covering it. We’d light candles and stay inside for a few minutes. I’ve always been afraid of being in a cemetery or next to a grave, except for my grandfather’s. Even though I was just 6 or 7 years old, I wasn’t afraid to be inside alone. In that place I always had a special feeling in my heart.
My mother was also a healer, treating people through massage. She wasn’t famous like her father or grandfather, she kept her gift only for the family. I used to watch her with amazement and admired her gift and healing hands. My mother was illiterate and had no medical knowledge, she would move her hands around the affected area and the magic would just happen. Massage plays a big part in our culture, before thinking of seeing a doctor or taking a pain killer we would get a massage.
In 1997, during my second year at university studying Finance, I started having back problems. Far from home I decided to see a professional massage therapist. I was surprised by the different techniques they used and their medical knowledge. Afterwards I bought a book about basic massage techniques to try to help ease my mother’s own back and shoulder pains. I learnt a few techniques and started massaging her, my dad and my sisters. They loved it and so I kept on doing it. After I finished my Finance degree in 2000 I got a job as a Tax Inspector working for the government. In 2005 I went back to university to complete a BA in English Studies.
In 2010 I moved to London for an MA in British Literature, but once here I changed my mind. I liked literature, but it wasn’t my true passion. It wasn’t until a couple of years later though that I decided to try massage as a profession. At the time I was working as a hospitality assistant but was looking for another job, so why not try something I loved doing? I enrolled at Richdales Institute For Massage in April 2013 and on the first day of the practical session I was so overwhelmed. This was exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
The name of my business is from a compliment made by a client. After the treatment she felt so good, she simply looked at me and said,"that was an angel’s touch". I love the name. Not only because of her and her kind words, but because I strongly believe that a massage is kind of an angel’s touch. Many of my clients say that I have healing hands and ask me to work my magic every time they call me. Sometimes I think I do and I feel it, but sometimes I doubt it. I’m more of a scientific person than a spiritual one.
Whether it’s a gift, a passion or just knowledge, I always do my best to heal my clients. Since 2013 I haven’t stop studying. I’m eager to learn new skills and techniques to give my clients the best I can to help relieve their aches and pains, or to just simply help them relax. Deep down, I sometimes think that it was meant for me to follow the same path as my ancestors, to be a healer. Though my mother never tried to talk me into it, she had faith that one day I would find my own gift.
In 2016 I decided to be a full time massage therapist and since then I perform over 1200 treatments a year. My client base has remained diverse throughout my career, treating both male and female patients of all backgrounds and ages; from desk workers with back pain, tension and poor posture to athletes or performers undergoing rehabilitation for sports injuries.
I carry the following qualifications:
- ITEC diploma in Holistic Massage
- ITEC level 3 & 4 Sport Massage Diploma
- Deep Tissue Massage Diploma
- Back Pain and Sciatica Diploma
- Neck Pain and Whiplash Diploma
- Pregnancy Massage Diploma
- Anti-Cellulite Massage Diploma
- Indian Head Massage Certificate
During my spare time, I enjoy reading books about personal development and business success. Health and fitness is an important part of my daily life, mostly through no-compromise Insanity Workouts. When I’m not improving myself, you will find me cooking and baking my favourite recipes, or dancing swing dance.