From electrician to foot practitioner for one Thetford man

The work of an electrician may be worlds away from feet, but one man has turned his life upside down by retraining in this very area.

Malcolm Ormrod, 52, a trained foot health practitioner, has already built up a small client base by working from home after leaving his 30-year career behind.

Now, having teamed up with his partner, Jo Mountjoy-Dixon, who is trained in complementary therapies, the couple have opened a foot health clinic and health practice, officially due to launch today (Thursday, March 1).

M&J Feet and Health Practice, on Earls’ Street, Thetford, will offer a range of foot care and therapies and be opened by the deputy mayor, Pauline Quadling.

Just a few years ago however, Mr Ormrod was an established electrician, with no experience of foot care.

A bad back forced him to re-think his life as an electrician and just two years ago, he graduated from Stonebridge Associated College Foot Health Centre in Cornwall.

Despite taking a year tafter this to recover from a collapsed disc in his back, which required an operation, he is now looking forward to the launch of the new clinic.

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“It’s about helping people, but it’s something I enjoy doing as well,” he said. “As an electrician I spent a lot of time curled up in a ball or stretched out up a ladder which wasn’t good for my back.

“Things have changed completely - I was digging holes and dealing with masonry but now I like to have clean fingers and shaped nails. I like to go to work clean.”

Miss Mountjoy-Dixon, 46, who recently completed an Open University degree in psychology and previously owned a complimentary health salon in the town, said: “We’re hugely excited and terrified about this. “I think it will make a difference. Because of my experience in running clinics in the past, I know Thetford especially has always been a little different from most towns to initiate into health practices but I think the demand is there.”

The launch will take place at 11am and include demonstrations of some therapies on offer, as well as a raffle for people to win prized relating to these.