Wild Seed Wellness (WSW) offers affordable massage therapy for queer and trans people of color in Oakland. Massage therapy services at Wild Seed Wellness are sliding scale so that clients are able to afford to make healing a priority and a routine. The 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month are donation based days. In order to expand and offer more appointments, WSW is moving to the Living Room Project, an accessible healing justice practice/community space for queer and trans people of color, in West Oakland. Yay! Right now, it's necessary for WSW to raise $3500 dollars by June 2 to pay for 6 months rent.
Massage therapy services at Wild Seed Wellness are sliding scale. WSW wants people to be able to make bodywork a regular part of their wellness routine. Every 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month, WSW provides donation-based massage.
As of April 1, Wild Seed Wellness has taken over 125 appointments since Ana María Agüero Jahannes, C.M.T. moved to Oakland in the fall. Of those, 24% are returning clients, 16% received their first massage ever and another 16% had only received 1 before.
WHY QUEER AND TRANS PEOPLE OF COLOR?
“Consider that there are three kinds of stress – acute, episodic and chronic – which can negatively impact your physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. How are your identities linked to stress and your wellbeing?”
Taijhet Nyobi, a client at WSW, has definitely begun processing these connections and said, “Uncomplimentary and/or incongruent realities, ideas, or perceptions of my physical body affect the way I walk, literally, in the world. I have had to become aware of my slouching to appear more masculine. Slouching makes my chest less visible. This, along with binding, has caused serious tension in my neck, shoulders, and lower back.” There are very real and direct connections of how we are perceived and treated to how we carry ourselves and what physical pains we feel.
They continue, “As a gender-nonconforming person of color there are few places where this is celebrated and validated. Confidence is a struggle and feelings of isolation are frequent. Institutions that are beneficial to healthy lifestyles are often avoided, specifically Medical Institutions because of [their] lack of awareness.” This is essentially what Ana explained to her mother when she asked if she was limiting her business. There are a lot of us.
What We Need
$500 x 6 + $500 = $3500
$500 rent for 6 months plus a $500 security deposit
Indiegogo will take about $250 in fees. If we exceed the goal, the money will go to supplies like unscented massage oil, laundry, printing and also future rent payments.
Other Ways You Can Help
MAKE AN APPOINTMENT!
If you want to support, by all means, get a massage! Schedule online at wildseedwellness.com and look for the Schedule Now link.
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Ana María Agüero Jahannes
Founder, Certified Massage Therapist