How would you describe HealHaus?
The intention is for the space to be accessible and inviting for women and men, and have various healing modalities under one roof. When you come into HealHaus, the first thing you walk into is the café, so it feels familiar, allowing people to come in, have a drink, and maybe work. The music we play is pop music, not “zen music,” so it feels familiar. Even the design of the space is warm and inviting. It’s not like spaces that have white walls and grey pillows—those feel cold.
We have daily yoga and meditation classes. We also have workshops where we cover a range of topics, including helping people deal with grief and helping people who suffer from drug abuse. There are also two rooms downstairs dedicated to special services which cover acupuncture and massages, and we’re about to incorporate psychotherapy as well. There are a diverse range of practitioners in one space, which is new. It’s really a one-stop shop for all these different healing modalities.
What inspired HealHaus?
Just to give you some background, I met my father for the first time at 36, which was last summer. It ended up being a huge, transformational thing. I wasn’t expecting it to happen then, but it ended up being an amazing experience. I shared that story and journey of meeting him through social media, and through that post, all these conversations started happening from my close male friends. Because I opened up my vulnerable side, it allowed them to be able to do the same thing, and I can see they wanted to.
Then it got me thinking. Some of these close friends I’ve known for 15-plus years, but I didn’t know about some of their personal and intimate stories, just like they didn’t know about mine until I openly shared it. Why, as men, are we so closed up? Is it because there isn’t a space to open up, or is it because of what masculinity stands for?
So I thought to create a space that is accessible and inviting, not only for women but also for men. From my research there isn’t anything out there that looks out for men’s selfcare and healing—most of the spaces are geared towards women. Men will go to a gym and work out but what are they doing for their mental and spiritual side?