We had the good fortune of connecting with Brittney Ellers and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brittney, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
When I was in graduate school, I imagined owning and running my own private outpatient orthopedic physical therapy practice. Fast-forward to when I was working at an outpatient clinic, and I realized that it wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. I left that job and started working for a wellness company. I was encouraged by my boss (and friend) at the time to pursue my passions, because it was so obvious to her that they didn’t lie with just outpatient PT. My passions included menstrual health and hygiene, pelvic health, and prenatal and postpartum support, on top of the physical therapy and yoga I was already providing. I realized in that one conversation with my boss that I needed to start my own business to actually be able to combine all my passions in any way I saw fit. It’s been two years since then, and the business, Being Better, continues to grow and evolve as I grow on my own personal journey through life. I am grateful every day that I get to do what I do, and that I had support in pursuing my passions.
What should our readers know about your business?
What’s interesting about my business is that it completely blends in with my personal life. My life experience has led me down a path of self-discovery that I now apply in my work. Having my own pelvic floor issues that is amplified by stress, it’s been imperative that I learn how to manage my stress because it impacts my body in this way. When I first started learning about the pelvic floor, sex education, and the prenatal and postpartum care we have in the United States, I was horrified and saddened with how poorly we educate and support people. Or at least, that the topic is so taboo in some spaces, that no one feels safe to talk about what they’re struggling with. I’ve been blessed to be in relationship with companies and people who have a reach where I can get the word and awareness out there in a more impactful way – a way that helps others treat themselves instead of relying on healthcare professionals who may not know how to help them holistically. As far as pelvic health is involved, I think the biggest challenge has been to help people understand they’re most certainly not alone. So many people, not just women, have difficulties in this region of the body.
My goal is to educate one person through one post, one story, and one interview at a time so that we all can have the awareness and support we need. The pelvis holds a lot of information and energy. In yoga, it’s where the root, or foundation, is for the rest of the main chakra system. If this region is not open or is out of control, you don’t have clear access to the rest of the chakras in your body. I think it would be an incredible world to live in where everyone was tapped into this energy and could heal their pelvises as a basic foundation of security and safety, because when we’re fully embodied, we can live a fully expressed life.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My go-to spots starts with Woodsy or Ironsmith for coffee in Encinitas, followed by a walk through downtown on the 101. My favorite 3 mile loop to walk and really see the sights in North County is from Swami’s to the Cardiff Kook. If the weather was on point and there were choice waves, I’d probably venture to Beacon’s since it’s my favorite and within walking distance to Nectarine Grove for an epic lunch. I’m a creature of habit and would definitely stay north of Solana, and hit up a few of my favorite shops – Soulscape, Vuori, Hansen’s, and all the vintage stores in north county. Lately, the most exciting thing to show people is a breathwork class with Breathe Degrees – 75 minutes of Wim Hof breathing and cold tub immersion. It’s life-changing.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to dedicate this Shoutout to my family. While not everyone in my family understands my journey and purpose as it relates to pelvic health, they are supportive in their own ways. My parents helped me throughout school and beyond, investing in my projects and ideas, and my brother did and continues to help me with branding and graphic design. They show up when I need them to show up and I couldn’t have gotten to where I am now without them.
All photos by Eunique Deeann