22 May No erasure! You are safe and welcome here.
Posted at 21:26h in Uncategorized
It is an honor to be trusted with the care of your person. People of all shapes, sizes, colors and gender expressions are welcome here at South Philly Wellness. Right now It is important to tell an important back story of how this office came to be.
Several years ago I was renting a massage room working amongst other healers. Each practitioner held their own specialty and attracted a unique demographic to the office. We where thriving as individuals and as a collective because of the broad base we attracted. Our respective client bases would mingle briefly in the waiting room or at the front desk without concern.
One day a new client arrived, happy and calm. As the new client took a seat my office peers came to the reception desk. One practitioner scanned the room, and proceeded to focus and stare boldly at my new client. I could see this peer trying to read my client, trying to understand the mix of cues to figure out who and what this client was. My peer grabbed my clients intake form to answer their burning question and then lunged for the online schedule listing to read their name aloud and scan for a response.
I whisked my new client away to a treatment room and proceeded to apologize for the really invasive stare and behavior. The client responded with “I’m a Trans-man and THAT happens. You can’t control others behavior but I honestly appreciate you wishing to put me at ease.”
In this moment there was a realization that my allied practice would not thrive amongst those with poor boundaries and bias. The only way to make sure my trans and gender non conforming clients would be safe and respected was to forge my own road.
Three years ago in October, South Philly Wellness opened. Quan Yin a transgender bodhisattva sits near our treatment table as a reminder to be compassionate and to be fluid in life.
Most clients see Quan YIn as just another spiritual statue in a holistic space. My non gender non conforming clients tell me her presence makes them feel seen and safe.
To my Trans and Gender Non Conforming clients:
I see you. I stand with you. I will fight for your rights. I support you through transition. I support you in healing your body. I support your body through pregnancy and postpartum healing. I will support you by making connections to other like minded professionals who will treat you with the kindness and respect you deserve. I welcome you with an open heart, mind and arms. Know that this space was intentionally manifested to bring safe healing to all who arrive here.
I see you and stand beside you!