I did not plan on posting today, but this morning I read something that brought up some feelings and thoughts I have been debating about sharing. Now is as good of a time as any.
While eating breakfast I read a long article about an elite wellness club that costs multiple thousands of dollars per month for a membership. The club provides many wellness treatments such as yoga, massage, energy healing, etc.
In theory, I do not have a problem with this. It sounds like a lovely way to spend an afternoon. My issue is the cost. I am concerned of the perception that wellness practices are a commodity for the wealthy.
Influencers are everywhere trying to get us to buy the new breakthrough treatment or product. It often seems like the only way to find wellness is by purchasing.
The truth is I can’t afford to buy all the products and memberships I am told will bring me wellness and joy, but I have learned this doesn’t matter. There are still many practices I can do that work well for me that cost little to nothing. I will never be as glamorous as folks at the wellness club, but I can still find wellness and joy.
Fighting against the notion of wellness as commodity for those of high economic and social status is one of the things that motivated me to start this blog. Everyone has a right to find their version of wellness. I acknowledge that I am an influencer since I am promoting and recommending practices, but my goal is to share practices that are accessible. Also, anytime I promote a practice it is with the caveat of “if it interests and works for you.”
Am I saying buying products that claim to support wellness is bad? Absolutely not. If something strikes your fancy and you can afford it, give it shot! What I am encouraging you to do is use common sense, do your research, check with your doctor if needed, and don’t let your financial status keep you from pursing your own journey to wellness an joy.
Get out there and find what works for you!