Test Blog Post 2
by Sean Meng·
Asking what the term ‘wellness’ really means in today’s climate, founders Mary Minas and Freya Berwick of Melbourne-based contemporary bathhouse and spa Sense Of Self are bringing the centuries-old art of bathing and healing under a modern lens.
Facilitating energy transformation via the practice of soaking, massage, and body acceptance programs, SOS clients are encouraged to strip away any preconceived ideas of beauty and performance-led exercises, and, instead, focus on creating a deep and healthy connection to themselves and to others. In a time when we need communion more than ever, Mary and Freya's main drive is to bring people together again.
Most operators in the wellness realm seem to have a journey of their own towards healing, that they find can be helpful and beneficial to share with others. Is this the case with you? If so, what does your healing journey look like and how did it prompt the arrival of Sense of Self.
M: I wouldn't say I've had a healing journey as such, unless we're discussing major life milestones like experiencing love, growing up, or losing loved ones, which everyone undergoes at some point in their lives. My journey was altered significantly by the process of grief, which allowed me to question what I wanted for myself, and what a life should be and should include in general. It was important to me to have a life where you don't define yourself by your body (or the lack of health the world perceives in your body’s shape) or your ‘output’. I realised for me it was important to honour leisure and savouring the little moments in time you share with others.
F: While we try to keep ourselves separate to Sense Of Self, there are of course defining personal experiences that have informed how we brought it to life. I guess for me the most significant personal learning that has fed into what we’ve built is the idea of having a healthy relationship with oneself, and guarding that with your life! Building an identity and a set of values that go beyond who you think you should be somehow felt like hard work for me, but once I got a sense of it it felt like the most precious thing ever. At SOS we like to tell people to come as they are and take what they need, which is (in part) a nod to that journey.