Many of you may be familiar with the Empower Wellness origin story….On August 29, 2017, I was in a low low place. I often battle with anxiety and depression; that summer it was winning. My mind was dark and most days, I felt that my world was falling apart. It seemed the only thing I could control was my self-care, so I practiced a lot of it. I took the summer off from work to take care of myself. I practiced yoga and got regular facials and massages.
I was also weaning off of my last medication. As part of the process, I detoxed in an infrared sauna once a week. During one of these detox sessions, I sat in the sauna sobbing. I was exhausted from continually facing my demons. I felt that I was lost, without plan or purpose. Feeling lost, I grappled with the all to familiar question: What do I want to be when I grow up?
I continued to melt and then, it felt as if I was struck by lightning….then I said aloud, “What if there were one place I could go to achieve all aspects of my self-care without driving all over town? Why hasn’t this industry cultivated a sense of community? If that were the case, I wouldn’t be crying alone today.” In that moment, the idea of Empower Wellness was born.
By the end of that day, I talked to my family, filed for the trade name, set up the LLC, secured the domain, and met with a real estate agent regarding the space we are currently in. On October 1st, I was handed a set of keys and I rallied my family for the work to come.
We built this studio ourselves, working tirelessly over the holidays. There were so many ups and downs that I lost count. It was a continual roller-coaster, but I stayed the course because I had a vision of these walls being filled with laughter and tears. A vision of community and friendship, free from judgement or concern for our appearance. A vision of women getting the chance to be “girls” without the distraction of boys. A vision of a place to take care of ourselves in so many different ways. And I did it!
On January 17, 2018 we opened for business. I quickly understood that there is still a lot to learn, but the vision stands on and I believe in it wholeheartedly.
My closest friend often reminds me that life is about the journey. Building this studio has been the scariest and most fulfilling journey I’ve experienced, but I wouldn’t change it. The community connection at Empower is what created that lightning strike. I know that we can find all of these services in a variety of places around town, but doing them together, in our own special little studio, is what the dream was all about.
I have big plans for Empower Wellness. As the studio continues to grow, and I am able to continue to bring those ideas to life, I hope you will continue to join in the journey with me.