It’s important that we acknowledge that we are gathering on and that this podcast is being created on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples – Kwantlen, Tsawwassen, Katzie (pronounced Kay-tzie), and Semiahmoo.
Have you ever wondered why we treat mental health separately than physical health? What might happen if we thought of self-care to be more, just, well, care? What if a healthy mind and healthy body and healthy pregnancy were all considered part of a normal day for women, including therapy or counselling, yoga, pre-and-postnatal care, alongside carbon neutral beauty care? Why not assemble the best team you can to think of all of these parts of a common whole?
My guest today experienced what many of us do – a deep conversation in a hairdresser’s chair – which turned into a mission to create a safe space for women to be better versions of who they already are, with the help of trained experts. She and her business partner – the same hairdresser, incidentally – have opened two (make that three, and a fourth on the way!) locations that offer all of this in a single space, and they are about to open their third.
And I want to mention, when I asked this guest for a biography, she replied instead with this comment, “…We’re uninclined to put ourselves at the front and center of our business as we’re so committed to growing this as a team and lifting the women up around us.”
On that note, please welcome Chilliwack’s Heidi Epp from The Refinery House.