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The idea that certain bodies are more worthy than others is everywhere...especially in spaces that claim to promote health and wellness. 

If you take a look around, you'll see that what's currently being offered in spaces dedicated to 'healing' and 'health' are actually unhelpful at best — and harmful at worst.

Have you noticed:

  • whose bodies are used to convey health and represent "normal"?

  • what body types we're conditioned to be inspired by?

  • what body types we're encouraged to avoid?

Unfortunately, many of the messages and images used to market health products and services perpetuate this hierarchy.

And when we do this in our own practices, we inadvertently sustain a world in which fat, disabled, queer, trans, Black and Brown people struggle to thrive physically, mentally, and emotionally.

It's time for us to move past that.

Now that more people are waking up to the many injustices in the world, I believe that the demand will grow for practitioners who challenge the status quo.

There are some fundamental things that clients should expect from people who claim to help them feel better and improve their well-being.

But they're not getting it.

The truth is: 

We're not helping when we equate getting healthy with getting thin.

We harm people when we use a very narrow definition of health to determine the worth of a human being.

We can do better.

I believe we can create spaces that are welcoming, inclusive, and affirming for all bodies.

We can treat people as complete, whole human beings that don't need to be fixed.

We can support clients in redefining wellness for themselves.

But first, we must uncover and examine our own beliefs.

So let’s come together and use writing to explore how to serve our clients in ways that don’t perpetuate the harm they experience in the world around them.

If you’re ready for a new way of helping, working, and living, join me for Redefining Wellness.


Redefining Wellness will be in 2 parts: 

In Part 1, we’ll discuss how:

  • our beliefs about bodies show up in our work

  • we perpetuate narrow definitions of health (even unintentionally)

  • to uncover the ways our personal experiences, insecurities, and biases color our mission and goals

In Part 2, we’ll discuss:

  • how health and wellness professionals can help create a world where all bodies are worthy

  • ways to create truly healing and inclusive spaces for your clients

  • how you can do business ethically and compassionately

In each class, we'll use reflective questions to guide our conversation.


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Any helping professional* who knows that the health and wellness community needs to do better, and wants to change the way they help clients/patients.

*Helping professional: Health and wellness coaches, fitness trainers, yoga instructors, doctors, physicians’ assistants, nurses, and non-Western/colonialist-centric healers

COST: $89


  • 2 x 90-minute live classes via Zoom (3/23 and 3/30 @ 11 am EST - 12:30 pm EST)

  • Recordings of the classes

  • Reflection questions and writing prompts after each class

I want to make this class available to everyone. If you have particular access needs, please contact me so that I can work to create a good experience for you: melissa {at}




I’m Melissa, a speaker, writer, and educator. Most of my work is about inviting people to make the connection between oppressive beauty and health standards and our personal struggle with self-acceptance. I’ve written extensively on diet culture and the toll it takes on our lives and humanity. My goal is to help people unlearn harmful messages and behaviors from years of chronic dieting. I also have a background as a pharmacist and certified wellness coach.