The morning that I speak to Endota Spa owner Melanie Gleeson by phone, she’s surrounded by boxes as she prepares to merge two offices into one headquarters in Melbourne.
Having built the business to 100 locations across Australia, employing over 1000 people (around 90 percent are women), and with an annual network income of $60 million, it’s time for a bigger office.
There isn’t an ounce of stress in her voice though. Instead, she’s completely lighthearted as she tells me she’s just had her lashes tinted and has accidentally put her hands to her eyes and then on her white pants suit. It’s a bit of a problem because she’s going straight from the office to speak to students at a local high school.
“Oh well,” she said.
With her parents being quite spiritual in their beliefs, Melanie’s introduction to wellness was at a very young age. Having attended what she described as an ‘alternative’ school on the Mornington Peninsula, her Year 10 school camp was at an ashram in Dalesford.
Melanie became a day spa entrepreneur because she wanted to help people. And while she could have just as easily wound up being a yoga teacher (and she may yet one day), she wanted to create something that made wellness accessible.