After training in Holistic Massage at Bristol College of Massage and Bodywork, Jess Kennedy decided to go on the festival trail. First she needed to sort out a car, a tent – and learn to drive.
What made you want to do massage at festivals?
Because it’s a fantastic working environment that allowed me to enjoy myself, use my skills and work for myself. Getting to be on the road all summer, being outdoors doing a job that I love.
How did you pick your tent? I opted for the lotus bell tent. For the same ground space as a bell tent, they’re roomier inside due to the oval shaped walls. I wanted it to feel light and on a hot summer’s day. It’s a beautiful tent that looks really inviting.
Did you live in it?
I mostly stayed there. Bedded down on the sheepskin rugs and floor cushions, heaven!
What did you travel in?
Honda Jazz – a small car, but with the seats down, really roomy inside. Fits in all my kit and enough room to have a nap in there if needed!
What are the best things about doing massage at festivals?
The amount and variety of people I worked with in a short space of time. I loved being on the road, living in my beautiful tent, waking up in lovely green spaces every morning, being surrounded by likeminded people.
Same again this year?
Yes this summer I have nine festivals booked in already including Lunar, Big Green, Eden and Audio Farm
Most memorable moments?
Giving a massage by the main stage with Tom Jones playing live in the back ground. – Massaging next to the drumming circle (great sound track, more relaxing than you think) – Popping out for a cuppa at lunch and passing by the naked dancing work shop!
Jess works in Bristol. To book her for massage or festival work, call 07849 000935.