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Our visit to The Pink Room

International Women’s Day is a celebration for all women around the world, and this year, we’re joining the conversation to ensure that we as a company, both men and women are here to help #BreakTheBias. So cheers to all of our Awesome Women, we seriously couldn’t do it without you all.

 

This year, we also wanted to champion a local female-led business that’s situated in the heart of our hometown – Leeds, and give them the spotlight that they deserve. So without further ado, we’d like to introduce you to The Pink Room. 

 

 

You can find The Pink Room on the upper floor of The Corn Exchange in Leeds, situated in one of the arched doorways, The Pink Room boasts a huge array of positivity from the minute you arrive at their front door. 

 

The Pink Room is a safe space for all women, dedicated to empowering women. Their mission is to create an honest, safe and inclusive space for all women, free from any judgements of the outside world. During the week, The Pink Room is a space for their highly skilled practitioners to provide therapy, massages and many other treatments. Check out their full list of treatments here

 

On the weekends, The Pink Room opens as a shop, it is open Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sunday 11am – 4pm. Their shop is full of lots of different products, from remedies, skincare and aromatherapy, to wonderful homeware pieces and books, all created by independent female makers based in the UK. 

 

We had the opportunity to spend a couple of hours with Ella, the founder of The Pink Room, and we interviewed her to find out more about the space that she has created and also get to know her more. 

 

 

 

  • What is your name and what do you do at The Pink Room? 

 

My name is Ella and I’m the owner of The Pink Room. I am also a well-being practitioner, which is a new job role title, because I do a lot of different things. I’m a yoga teacher, a body positivity coach, massage therapist, and educator.

 

  • What is The Pink Room? 

 

The Pink room, we would like to say it is a safe space for all women, but what is safe for one woman may not be safe for another. We want it to be a space where women can come and feel comfortable talking and having conversations about the s**t show that it is to be a woman. We want it to be a place where all women can come and find hope that there is better health out there for them, whether it be spiritual, mental or physical. 

 

  • What made you want to start The Pink Room? 

 

There was a real need for a place where all women can come and chat about their experiences being a woman. Often feels like in wellness, women can sometimes not get all of the help that they need, so we wanted to work alongside the NHS and western medicine to offer this to so many more women. There’s a lot of conversations that happened off the back of #MeToo movement that needed to be had, and we want to provide a space for those to be had. 

 

  • What did you do before The Pink Room? 

 

Before The Pink Room I was a practitioner in Leeds, and before that I was a practitioner in London and before that I worked in Marketing. I had a breakdown in 2015 and retrained to be a practitioner and then took teeny tiny steps towards The Pink Room and where we go from here. 

 

Something I might say is that during the pandemic, I was a massage therapist, and obviously because of the pandemic I couldn’t work. So, I started working with schools and businesses coaching them, but it really opened my eyes to the need for somewhere like this. 

 

  • What do you offer to the community of Leeds? 

 

We offer the community fantastic practitioners, no judgement, acupuncture, talking therapies, reiki, aromatherapy, massages. The shop is open at the weekends and we stock all of our items from independent female businesses across the UK. Hoping to be able to run circles, a place where women can get together and talk about topics that people feel like they can’t usually have or feel comfortable having. 

 

  • What has been your greatest achievement since beginning this journey? 

 

Keeping my s**t together, haha! Putting one foot in front of the other and finding joy in my life. 

 

  • What kind of products are on offer in the shop? 

 

All of the products in our shop are made by independent female makers, they’re all loosely linked to wellness. We stock menstrual products, everything that we sell the companies have really good morals and ethics. We have a little corner which is more about spiritual guidance, so things like tarot. It’s really inclusive, the representation of women we have in the tarot cards is really broad. We sells books, not the typical self help books, they’re really empowering for women, they have a big feminist focus too. We sell gorgeous prints and illustrations, and all of them try to empower us in some sort of way with bright colours and really lovely designs. Candles, eye pillows, remedies. Everything we sell is ethical and loved and tried and tested by ourselves to ensure that it’s great for our customers!

 

  • What is Awesome to you? 

 

Getting up and having a good day! Going for a coffee and feeling good because I’m having a good mental health day. Everything feels a bit easier. Enjoying the sun with families and friends. 

 

 

 

 

We thought it was only right to interview Ella about International Women’s Day, to find out what the day means to her and what it means to be a woman within the industry that she is in. 

 

 

  • Why do you think it is important to celebrate International Women’s Day? 

 

Women are fantastic! The fact that we achieve, thrive and exist in a space where  our biology, our nature or just being female in general doesn’t quite work, is just amazing. And obviously at The Pink Room we empower women everyday. 

 

  • Are you doing anything for International Women’s Day? 

 

We have felt a lot of pressure to do something for International Women’s Day this year, obviously because we’re all about women and actually what we have decided is that we celebrate women every single day of the year, so we’re not gonna do anything big or any offers. What we are doing is doing a practitioner showcase, so they can tell everyone what their one piece of advice is for women, or providing women with more information about how to seek better care and a better health. 

 

  • Have you ever faced any barriers in your career due to being a woman? How did you overcome them? 

 

In particular in this career, sexual harrassment is a really big topic, not only that but being treated as a sexual object with constant banter. An unbelievable amount of calls late at night, particularly from men, asking for a happy ending essentially. It really doesn’t make you feel safe as a therapist. So this is why this space is so important, it’s not just about empowering our clients, it’s also about us being able to group together to empower each other. 

 

  • What is the best piece of advice that you have ever received? 

 

From a health perspective, it’s probably been learning to monitor my cycle and period power, from a professional perspective, knowing my value has been so important, we are worth what we are charging and people should respect that. 

 

  • What is the most important message that you want to send out to other women when thinking about their future? 

 

Whatever s**t goes down, there will always be hope. Whether you’re feeling lonely or anything, you will always find the right people to surround yourself with. There will always be hope. 

 

  • Is there anyone that inspires you? 

 

Frances! Frances inspires me everyday. (Frances is an Energy and Spiritual Healer aka – Hansom Healing) We inspire each other. I couldn’t do it without her! Women in general inspire me everyday! 

 

  • If you could have dinner with any three inspirational women, dead or alive, who would they be and why? 

 

My ancestors, my nanna, my auntie pam and my nanna’s mum. Because when they’re gone, you kinda realise that you haven’t had the opportunity to ask these questions and find out what their lives have been like. As a practitioner though, dinner with French and Saunders, I think they’d be a barrel of laughs. 

 

We had such an amazing morning getting to know Ella and finding more out about The Pink Room, if you would like to visit them or find out more about the services they offer, then head to their website today!

The Pink Room

 

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