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 uphold 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.