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  • Wellbeing at the root of what we offer

    Well-being is the experience of health, happiness, and prosperity. It includes having good mental health, high life satisfaction, a sense of meaning or purpose, and the ability to manage stress.

    This is a much broader understanding than the fitness and beauty brands might have you think wellbeing is about, and YOUR experience of wellbeing might be broader still. Community and connection, nature, art…. these are all things that might be vital to your wellbeing.

    At Roots of Respect we want to encourage you to explore all the elements that add to your wellbeing by providing a variety of services and experiences in our urban sanctuary. A safe space for discovery.

    Massage; beauty; classes; art; learning new things; connecting with people; being still; being active; being inspired; being challenged; having fun……

    Can one space offer all of these things? We’re giving it a go Leeds!

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    RoR Team xx

  • Why we try to be sustainable

    Hands up for a World where there’s clean air and clean streets, for biodiversity and bountiful landscapes? Who likes the idea of living more harmoniously with the environment, where we put something back for everything we take, where people are paid fairly for their work and poverty is no longer and issue. Sounds good?

    How is it then that if most of us were to look over our shoulder we’d see a trail of plastic rubbish, pieces of clothing, and a fog of pollution? Of course most of us don’t want to live like that but we are caught up in a world where it’s really hard to live differently.

    That’s what we want to change.

    1. We need to shift our perspective, remember that resources are finite, and so should be used conservatively and carefully to ensure that there is enough for future generations, without decreasing present quality of life. A sustainable society must be socially responsible, focussing on environmental protection and dynamic equilibrium.
    2. Then we start making better choices on a personal level, thinking about what we take from the world and what you put back. It might feel small, but you start to meet similar people, and the positive impact you have on the environment around you suddenly seems to have grown. 
    3. Companies need to take responsibility, but they only will if the voice of the people talks to them about what they want. We need to start to voice our concerns to companies, and take action by not buying from them if they don’t meet our expectations! That will probably mean we have to consume less, so we don’t add to the demand for cheap labour and environmental destruction.
    4. We need to keep listening to and learning from the people using science and technology to come up with solutions.

    If we start to make these changes hopefully we can look over our shoulder and see the regeneration of plants, with insects and birds flying about finding food, rather than a huge rubbish tip with gulls dive bombing our trash.

    As you may know Roots of Respect was born from the conversations we have at our sustainable hair salon Masters of Craft, so no surprise that our customers have similar values to us, and inspiring conversations would ensue.

    We want to make sure these voices, this information is heard by wider audiences, outside of the Universities and Institutions. We want to make it part of business dialogue in the city, part of how the Leeds community evolves over time.

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    RoR xx

  • Creativity – why it’s so good for you!

    Let’s talk about CREATIVITY. Because it’s in our top 3 for living a conscious and happy life and it’s one of our 3 foundations in the Roots of Respect mission.

    Your creative side see’s things differently to your regular day to day brain. But this side started being repressed when you were a child, until gradually, the seriousness of life had stolen really quite a lot of the space and life didn’t look quite so magical and exciting.

    As adults, its really important to connect with our creative selves and carve out time regularly, even if we don’t consider ourselves creative. But why?

    If we allow ourselves time for self expression, we reinforce our own individuality and in turn it improves our confidence. 

    Creativity requires taking risks which with it comes vulnerability, because failure is all too possible. Once we see failure as something that is survivable, or maybe even an opportunity for growth we can release the fear and try new things even at the risk of failing.

    It helps us to become better problem solvers and approach situations from all angles, meaning our linear, logical approach – which can leave us feeling quite stale – takes a back seat more regularly.

    Getting in a flow state turns the volume right down on the chattiness in our heads. Thinking and engaging in creative activities produces a similar effect on our brains as meditation does, which helps reduce stress and anxiety and lasting mental and emotional pain.

    So there you have it! It’s pretty important right?

    It’s because of this that Roots of Respect aims to bring a bit more creativity to peoples lives and we’re working hard on doing so. Watch this space. 

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    In the meantime though, allow yourself time to daydream…. who knows what may happen!