24 questions with Leonie Nanassy, founder of Hands On Life

Leonie Nanassy
Leonie Founder of Hands on Life Retreats, Devon
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At Hands on Life our ethic and inspiring people to reconnect is very important to us, find out more in 24 questions from 24 Fingers…

#1. So, what’s your favourite word?


#2. Excellent. What gets you up in the morning?

Hope, tea and the dog.

#3. What do you truly, honestly think of social media?

It’s a minefield, exciting, endlessly creative, time-consuming and time-wasting.

#4. Kindles or books?

Oh, books. Books are beautiful.

#5.  Roger that.What do you think is the biggest challenge to your industry right now?

Within massage? It’s the no-touching policy. There are laws around touch which, in certain circumstances, is the right thing as you have to be so careful, but it means people are kept away from touch. Touch is what helps us to pause, ground, and nurture our body and minds, helping us to thrive and reconnect with ourselves and our loved ones… and it’s a fabulous tool to express your creativity.

#6.  What did you want to be when you were growing up?

A teacher but somewhere along the way, I started to have dreams of being an actress or dancer, and then a sculptress. In one way actually, now I am a teacher and I dance.

#7. What led you to your current career?

When I was working promoting the arts and doing fairly big creative events, I burnt out. I went to California when a friend challenged me that they would pay half the fee for a month long massage training at the famous Esalen Institute. The whole experience along with very inspiring teachers absolutely resonated with me. It felt like I could explain everything I felt through my hands.

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