Health coaching is still a new industry and much like yoga, there are many related styles without a truly unifying alliance yet in place. That being said, when the coaching is described as “holistic”, “integrative” or related, it is referencing integrating all realms of life. Holistic refers to the whole; an intimate interconnectedness of all parts explicable only by referencing the whole. We are of course speaking on the human experience - body, mind, emotion, spirit - spirit can be substituted with whatever works for you from a specific religion to nature.
Health coaching is an industry on the rise given the state of our nation’s health and healthcare system. Health coaches are not doctors, therapists, or nutritionists per se although the practice holds strong components from all three. We support these professions, in many cases working alongside them, as well as referring out to them as necessary.
So what happens within a coaching session? Holistic health coaching means we are looking at all realms of life to find areas we can tweak to benefit the whole….
movement of body
food and water
spirituality (insert your own vocabulary)
We are looking at root causes of disease or lack of well-being, preventing or healing that, rather than slapping a Band-Aid on the byproduct for temporary relief. For the coach, sessions include deep deep listening to the client often beyond what the client is actually saying. What does this mean?? Well, some folks want a coach to be specialized in order to supposedly understand what exactly they do and what exactly the outcome will be. Commonly heard: “I want to lose weight.”. Commonly thought: "This person will give me the magic combination of diet, nutrition, cleanse, green juice and exercise which will for sure help me lose weight." While all of these will certainly assist and often remedy an issue, many times a deficiency in an area seemingly unrelated is actually the missing link.
Digging deeper, and this happens quite often, the client eventually finds that a certain person in their life, friend, relative, or partner is actually causing tremendous stress, turmoil, obsessive thought, and all related emotions leading to a severe lack of wellbeing expressing itself through additional weight, that annoying skin condition, chronic fatigue, and so on. These conditions then will not go away by adding more vegetables to one’s plate. In fact, when a force to be reckoned with is sucking energy, it’s really hard to eat more vegetables!! So once we get to the root cause, we work with the client on THAT realm. And then the magic happens.
Holistic health coaches listen, support, guide, teach, coach, consult, deduce, heal, and inspire change in mind, body, thought, leading to transformation - taking you from where you are right now to where you want to be.