THE WELLNESS EMPORIUM IS REDEFINING SELF-CARE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
MEET FOUNDER, CHAE CALDER, THE TEACHER TURNED NATUROPATH WHO WANTS TO EMPOWER YOU ON YOUR WELLNESS JOURNEY.
Located on the Gold Coast, The Wellness Emporium is an integrated wellness clinic which offers both naturopathy and holistic psychology. Their bespoke approach to individual health helps clients with not only their physical well-being, but also provides them with tools for detangling the complex web of their emotional well-being, as well.
CH-V got the opportunity to speak with their founder, Chae Calder. Previously a teacher, she became a naturopath after being dissatisfied with generalised healthcare’s purely clinical understanding of wellness. The Wellness Emporium began as a solo practice, but over the past few years, Calder has since expanded the business into a viable clinic with five additional practitioners.
VOID: Wellness is a word brandied about a lot these days. How is it defined within the context of your services?
To us, wellness means feeling mentally, physically, and emotionally balanced in our body. It is the ability to make informed decisions and to engage in healthy habits such as exercise, relaxation, self-care, stress reduction and healthy eating.
VOID: What might you say to folks who are intimidated by the prospect of booking a session with one of your practitioners?
As practitioners we are here to support you on your healing journey. Our role is to hold space for you, help you to overcome your emotional blocks or barriers and to provide you with the tools necessary to live a more healthier, balanced life. Think of us as a guide to assist you in navigating your health and wellness concerns and goals.
VOID: What kind of services does The Wellness Emporium provide?
The Wellness Emporium is an integrated wellness clinic, which means we offer a variety of modalities for the most comprehensive and collaborative approach to healing the mind, body and spirit. This includes Naturopathy, Psychology and Nutrition. Our mission, as a team, is to support and educate our clients in their health journey by providing comprehensive and collaborative treatment plans to help them reconnect with their body, achieve their health and wellness goals and address underlying emotional blocks for ultimate healing and life-long health.
VOID: What kind of skills do you help people develop and/or sharpen?
We are all about education and empowerment. Therefore, we help you to understand your body better and educate you on what is happening and why, so you are able to make informed decisions when it comes to your health and wellness.
VOID: What is some memorable feedback you’ve received from past clients?
I personally love treating gut, skin and vaginal health because I have had my fair share of these issues. When we have an unhappy gut and are constantly uncomfortable, or when we look in the mirror and only see our flaws, or when something is not quite right vaginally, it can have a significant impact on us not only physically but also mentally and emotionally. It can have an impact on our relationships, our social lives, our goals and dream, and even our clothing choices. So I am ecstatic when I hear that my clients are beginning to notice changes – especially when they have previously been informed that there is no solution for their condition or that there is nothing wrong with them.
VOID: We have something we like to call the CH-V questionnaire; basically just a set of questions we ask all our collaborators. What’s the last thing that made you laugh? Cry?
Generally, my laughter is often related to something my dog does. Most recently, I moved into a new place, and she ran straight into the glass door. She brushed it off very quickly and got plenty of hugs.
VOID: Favourite curse word?
I don’t curse often, but I think growing up I just loved the word twat, usually in reference to my older brother. Ha!
VOID: If you could have any other name, what would it be?
Ariel, I loved ‘The Little Mermaid’ growing up and every time I hear the name it triggers a sense of calmness, I guess a bit like how being by the ocean feels for me.
VOID: It’s last call at the bar, what are you ordering?
Coconut margarita, for sure.