By Tracy Shevlin
The concepts of health and wellness aren’t new, but they have become frequent buzzwords in business and in our everyday lives. While health is often thought of in terms of healthcare and medicine, wellness is the prevention of illnesses and the optimization of life. It is no secret that people who are physically and emotionally stable lead more productive lives.
There are many options for people looking to embrace a healthy lifestyle, but holistic healing is not a familiar topic for everyone. Prince William Living spoke to Uma Alexandra Beepat, owner of Lotus Wellness Center, to learn more about what it means to operate a holistic wellness center.
The basic principle of holistic healing is to bring the body, mind, spirit and emotions into alignment for optimal health and wellness. People who practice holistic healing focus on five aspects of what they believe it means to be whole: respecting their bodies, healing their relationships, caring for their
environment, showing love for all humankind, and living their life’s purpose.
About Lotus Wellness
Beepat, an expert in holistic healing and a certified life coach, first opened the center in her basement in 2009. Beepat told Prince William Living that Lotus Wellness Center originally focused on massage, but quickly became a holistic wellness center, as she came to know clients and recognized their needs. The business has grown rapidly since its inception and now has its third location on Mosby Street in Manassas.
In a model similar to how many salons and spas operate, Beepat has partnered with specialized practitioners to meet the demand for services. Each practitioner is independent, but benefits from the overlapping clientele and space. The center hosts classes and services related to Reiki healing, essential oils, and energy therapies in addition to more traditional services, such as massage, meditation and yoga classes.
Beepat now spends much of her time coaching clients and leading mentorship classes that she personally created, various energetic healing modalities and spiritual/mediumship sessions. Her goal is to help clients unblock energies that prevent them from being their best versions of themselves. She is a firm
believer that clients can’t experience true joy when they have trained themselves to suppress and stifle their emotions due to the loss of a relationship or other issue.
Beepat knows that the spiritual side of her business is more controversial than some of the mainstream services that the center provides. Yet, she is unapologetic. She told Prince William Living, “Growing up in Guyana, South America, the spiritual aspect of life was an important part of my culture. It is a part of who I am and a part of my business. I am not afraid of or shocked by any secret that a client brings to the session. I create a safe, nonjudgmental space for clients to share their burdens and offload them once and for all.”
Blurred Lines when Personal and Professional Lives Intersect
According to Beepat, boundaries can blur when a business is based on personal services. On the one hand, managing relationships is key, but they become blurry when clients think of her as their friend. “Due to the intimate nature of the sessions, there is some transference of emotions by clients. They begin to see me as a friend who listens and is there for them. It can get complicated if they start to blur personal and professional lines,” she explained.
With much of today’s marketing being done on social media, it can be difficult to separate her personal and professional lives. “So much of my life is on Facebook and other social media platforms, but it’s still my personal life,” Beepat said. “I have both personal and professional Facebook pages and manage a
meetup group called ‘The Lotus and the Light,’ which has more than 1,500 members. Clients are sometimes offended when I direct them to the professional page or don’t accept friend requests on my personal page, but I am their coach and mentor first and foremost.”
About Uma Beepat
Beepat’s passion for helping people was the catalyst that led to the opening of Lotus Wellness Center. By the age of 10, she had volunteered by donating half of her allowance to children’s charities. She continues to volunteer with Cross-Cultural Solutions and has been to Guatemala, Peru, Morocco and Brazil for international outreach in impoverished communities. She spent a year with AmeriCorps, volunteering as an HIV Specialist in Philadelphia, and a year volunteering with Varqa Foundation and the United Nations in her home country of Guyana.
In addition to her other volunteerism, she is passionate about women’s empowerment. She enjoys speaking to women’s groups and will often do so for free. She is excited anytime that she can inspire and empower women through her talks.
She attributes her success with Lotus Wellness Center to three things. First, she knows who she is, and she is authentic to who she is in her business. She stands clear in her identity, purpose and life’s work. Secondly, clear boundaries are key, and she is not afraid to let others know where they stand with her, what is acceptable and what is not. Lastly, she knows the value of her services at a market level and as a practitioner. According to her, knowing one’s value as an entrepreneur, consultant or freelancer is critical to success. Beepat’s long-term goal is to make Lotus Wellness Center a renowned destination for holistic
healing, a place for conferences, seminars and holistic education. In the short term, she recognizes the opportunity to affect our community one client at a time.
To learn more about the Lotus Wellness Center, visit lotuswellnesscenter.net or call 703-369-6762.
Tracy Shevlin ([email protected]) is a native Virginian and long-time Manassas area resident. She is a graduate of George Mason University where she is also an office manager. Follow her on Twitter @nvalady1.