We are closing out the year talking about some controversial topics in the health and wellness industry. No matter where you fall within this overall ‘sphere’, these are things you should be thinking about, in terms of how this has an effect on your business.
This week I wanted to talk about some controversy that has been in the media recently. Possibly you haven’t seen this, but it was a very hot topic of conversation a few weeks ago in many groups online including on Facebook and Twitter.
That topic is the link between the wellness community and COVID deniers, or conspiracy theories more generally.
Some caveats on this topic of health, massage therapy, wellness and conspiracies
I know this is a hot-button topic.
Some people are very frustrated by it. They feel that stating there is a link between the wellness community/careers and being a conspiracy theorist is defamatory. Or, as one put it, a witch hunt.
And yes, some people get upset as they feel that massage therapists are regulated health providers (at least in Canada) and therefore should not be lumped in with (quote-unquote) all that.
Others get very upset as they feel their personal right to choose (with their personal health and also their business) is being violated.
I absolutely hear that on all fronts.
But, the reality is we are interrelated. You cannot just say ‘that’s not how I do things’ and wipe your hands of it. No matter your personal thoughts on this topic.
How you promote yourself, how you ‘sell’ your services, absolutely is affected by what others within that same realm are doing.
And so, this is why I think we need to take a step back and try to consider this rationally. That’s what we’re discussing here.
As for my role here with this podcast? Well, my job is never to tell you what to do.
Denis Morton from Peloton says something very poignant during some of his classes: I make suggestions, you make decisions.
That applies here. I am not telling you what to do, I am giving you food for thought. You make the final call.
So with that said, let’s discuss!
This is the first episode in my short series on Controversial Topics Within Health and Wellness. Ready to dive in and hear about this controversial topic? Just hit play! Or, search for Life Beyond The Massage Table on your fave podcast app. More episodes can be found right over here.
Resources for this episode:
- From the CBC: Interview with Matthew Remski
- From the Guardian: How The Wellness Industry Turned It’s Back on Science
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