Celebrating the women of Morukuru Family – Meet Suzan Motseohedile from our Spa

It’s Wellness Wednesday. As part of our monthlong celebration of Women’s Month today we shine the spotlight on someone who knows how to caress guests’ cares away.  Our guests travel to Morukuru Family Madikwe to experience the ultimate wildlife adventure, but there is nothing wrong with adding in a little pampering.

Meet Suzan Motseohedile, our highly qualified therapist who has a magic touch with massages, facials, manis and pedis.

When you were growing up - what did you want to be?  I wanted to be a nurse. I love helping people. A career in beauty therapy offers variety Every day is different. You get to meet different people, talk about different things, and provide different treatments with every booking. I might not be saving lives in the traditional medical sense, but I’m helping guests on their journey to wellness.

Tell us about your specialist training. I trained at Bettyfarrell Beauty College in the year 2000. This is where I got an introduction to the beauty and wellness industry. My training equipped me with the skills and knowledge in a variety of fields, including nail care, skin care, facial care and body care like massage therapy.

Morukuru Family is set in an amazing natural environment - which animal in the reserve is your favourite?  That has to be the male lion. I admire male lions for their strong, compact bodies and powerful forelegs, teeth and jaws for pulling down and killing prey.  Plus, I  love their gorgeous yellow-gold coats and shaggy manes. Hear the roar - feel the power!

Where there is a woman, there is magic. How do you create “magic in your treatments? Firstly, professionalism. Secondly - I use communication skills to assess the needs of my guest - so I need to be a great listener. My personal touch is to incorporate aroma oils and relaxing music.

Are you a bookworm? Share some of your favourite authors. I’ve just finished Stocks & Lies by C.N Marie. This is a contemporary romance - so that allows for some escapism. Addiction Love Mom by Kathleen J McKamey is another favourite. This book touches my heart and soul! It gives a window into a parent's turmoil when their child is struggling with the relentless monster of addiction.

What’s your favourite self-care activity? I go back to basics and go for a walk to refresh my body and soul.  Self-care means different things to different people - so I encourage guests to tap into something that works for them - for some, it is reading; for others, napping and, of course, a fabulous massage goes a long way to promoting a sense of well-being.

What is the best advice you have ever been given, and by whom?  My mom was always full of wisdom and handy advice. She instilled in me that there is nothing for free, to work hard and pay your dues, and  appreciate how far you’ve come