So today was my belated birthday present of a massage in Oxford Street.
See photo below: not your usual massage!
The treatment lasted almost four hours and was skeletal-muscular: focused through addressing bodily issues and imbalances, using techniques such as cupping, resistance, acupuncture, electric acupuncture and other electricity-related things I had not heard of before.
In fact, my wonderful and very knowledgably bodywork practitioner, Mariora, teaches clients techniques to retrain their bodies in a balanced way, overcoming tensions and traumas. I found it was very interesting to go through this treatment and relate it to my previous understandings of my physical and energetic bodies that have been developed through self-practices (yoga, meditation etc) and from external expertise including The Bone and Body Clinic in Dharamshala, India, and previous massages. It was very nice for Mariora to tell me I had a very supple body and that clearly my practices had been working to heal my body! She said I was very lucky. So do yoga guys!
I start a new job next week which is actually off Oxford Street and I was (and still am) in need of a few smart-casual garments for work- because you can’t wear Flossophy Fashion in the office, apparently (best to save those for the weekend anyway).
So, I decided why not check out a few shops on Oxford Street.
Firstly, I did not buy anything. But the real truth and issue was the whole vibe of Oxford Street. I absolutely hated it and it made me feel like sh*t!
I don’t think I have bought a brand-new item of clothing for a while, even since I have been back from India, which is probably why I had a super emotional response to the pure mass of new clothes everywhere. I even went in to M&S to buy some food and the shock horror of the price and repetition of the clothes: £20 for a very standard, slightly ugly cardigan and a whole shop filled with this. It is strange that my life has become quite far removed from the reality of retail-shopping and consumption which, to so many, is normality.
So here are my 5 statements about why you should F*CK FAST FASHION! (and maybe buy Flossophy instead).
FAST FASHION: is “a contemporary term used by fashion retailers for designs that move from catwalk quickly to capture current fashion trends. A second, critical definition adds that fast fashion is not only about quickly moving from runway to store to consumer, but also to the garbage"
("Are you a consumer of fast fashion?". Trusted Clothes. Retrieved October 2019.)