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Who wellness culture is for, and who it leaves behind
A day at the spa, face masks, cleanses, cult-like spin classes — all these things have come to be known as acts of self-care. Companies like GOOP, savvy marketers and social media have propelled self-care into a movement worth billions of dollars. Canadian-born artist and writer Fariha Róisín has been writing about self-care for years. Her own experience navigating a chronic illness is part of what prompted her to take a more critical look at the industry. From yoga and meditation to the use of turmeric, Róisín chronicles how the "wellness industrial complex" has co-opted teachings and practices from other cultures. She speaks to Chattopadhyay about her book, Who is Wellness For?: An Examination of Wellness Culture and Who It Leaves Behind.