What Is An Integrative Wellness Coach and Just What is Wellness Coaching?

An Integrative Wellness Coach is a wellness authority and supportive mentor who motivates individuals to cultivate positive health choices. Wellness Coaches educate and support clients to achieve their health goals through lifestyle and behavior adjustments. To put it simply, health coaches like me are highly educated guides in the fields of nutrition, wellness, bio-individuality and mentoring.

Wellness coaching is a collaborative and personalized program that focuses on improving health and wellness. Wellness coaching builds an individual’s capacity to achieve short- and long-term health and fitness goals. Participants in a wellness coaching program interact one-on-one with their wellness coach by telephone, instant messenger, email and in-person.

Unlike personal training or counseling, YOU, the client, are the expert when working with an Integrative Wellness Coach. Whether you’re working toward general wellness or a more specific health-related issue, an Integrative Wellness Coach will focus on enhancing your quality of life. Wellness coaches guide, motivate, inspire and co-create transformative growth, provide customized resources,  and help you to set achievable goals. Integrative wellness coaches do not diagnose, treat or prescribe. Instead wellness coaches use their expertise to provide you with tools, options, and recommendations not opinions.

Integrative wellness coaches put you in the driver seat and work to connect your values, beliefs and motivation to a wellness plan that you create to achieve your best life possible.

Do I have to have a serious health issue to benefit from working with an Integrative Wellness Coach?

No. We know that no two people are exactly the same and your health status may vary from day to day. Wellness coaches help you to assess your level of health and well-being and to work on the issues at hand. Your wellness coach will provide the human touch to motivate you toward setting and achieving your goals through a personalized plan of action. However, if you do have a serious health issue, your health coach can help. If you need to modify your lifestyle due to an issue such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and/or musculoskeletal injuries, a degreed and highly trained expert wellness coach can assist.

Integrative wellness coaching is particularly helpful for people who have or are at high risk for chronic conditions such as diabetes or heart disease. However, it can benefit just about anybody who wants to enhance his or her health and well-being.

Why should I work with an Integrative Wellness Coach instead of a Nutritionist?

Working with a health coach can provide the motivation, individualized attention and accountability you need to turn your good intentions into positive actions.

Why try this growing trend? Because if you’re like many people, you know what you should do to improve your health, but you have trouble getting started or sticking with a more healthful lifestyle…so nothing ever changes for long.

A health coach offers one-on-one, step-by-step support—whether your goal is to lose weight, eat healthier, sleep better, have more energy, exercise more, lower your stress level, reduce your risk for chronic diseases and/or recover from an illness or injury—that increases your odds of succeeding at making permanent life-enhancing changes.

How it works: “A new behavior must be practiced for at least 100 days to become an entrenched part of who you are and how you live, rather than just something that you’re doing for a while. Most doctors and nutritionists aren’t trained in helping patients make such sustainable changes. But an Integrative Wellness Coach can help you overcome your natural inertia, build internal motivation and incorporate lasting changes into the fabric of your daily life,” said Karen Lawson, MD, director of health coaching at the University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality.

Research confirms the benefits. For instance, in a Duke University study, health coaching helped people with diabetes take their medications on schedule, exercise regularly and control their blood sugar better. And a study of nearly 175,000 people published in The New England Journal of Medicine found that participants who were coached via telephone spent less money on medical care and drugs and were 10% less likely to be admitted to the hospital than those who were not coached.

Integrative wellness coaching is particularly helpful for people who have or are at high risk for chronic conditions such as diabetes or heart disease. However, it can benefit just about anybody who wants to enhance his or her health and well-being.

Where did you get your certification?

There are many different types of health coach certifications out there; however, the most recognized and thorough certification comes from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Graduates of this program, including me, are trained in over 100 dietary theories and lifestyle coaching techniques to help you discover exactly what will bring you success, and what is holding you back. It takes a year of training to become credentialed as a health coach through the institute. Health coaching focuses not only on the food you eat, but also your lifestyle. We help you to maximize the results of each.

During the year and a half courses taken at the Institue for Integrative Nutrition to become certified  I have taken other courses in order to gain a more comprehensive understanding of health and wellness.

Certificate of Integrative Nutrition Health Coach - Institue of Integrative Nutrtion
Natural Health and Healing - University of Georgia
Certificate in Holistic and Integrative Health - Allegra Learning Systems
Curanderismo: Traditional Medicine - University of New Mexico
Essential Oils &  Natural Health - Vintage Remedies

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