Should you become a Whole Person Health & Wellness coach?
In contrast to a life coach who focuses up-front on goals related to all aspects of a client’s life, a health and wellness coach centers on the lifestyle changes that are directly related to a client’s health and well-being, taking the whole person into consideration.
As a health and wellness coach, you champion your clients to make conscious lifestyle choices and actions that align with their desired well-being goals. This often means you assist them to:
- Create and maintain an exercise program
- Incorporate healthier eating habits
- Promote stress reduction and relaxation
- Eliminate habits of self-sabotage
- Develop a spiritual or emotional mindfulness practice for mind/body well-being
Specialized coaching applications within this niche also commonly involve coping tools and strategies for chronic diseases or adapting to specialized diets. These can include arthritis and other forms of pain caused by inflammation, autoimmune conditions, cancer, and unique concentrations that are often grounded in your personal and professional experience as a coach.
Who hires a health and wellness coach?
As a health & wellness coach, clients seek your help when they are unable to achieve their goals alone or are confronted by a chronic or sudden illness. Recognizing that self-care has fallen to last on their priority list, they’re looking for accountability and a non-judgmental partner who motivates them to take better care of themselves.
Although health & wellness coaching clients can be focused on overcoming procrastination and other challenges associated with their health, they may also seek clarity, life-balance, healing strategies and preventative measures. Similar to life coaches, health & wellness coaches want to get to the core of their client’s challenges and work at unconscious levels to create sustainable change in their total well-being.
Why you might love being a health and wellness coach…
Should you specialize in health and wellness? Yes, if you enjoy working with the whole person while leveraging your specialized knowledge and experience in the health and well-being arena. While you may focus primarily on your client’s physical health, you should also expect to touch on other areas of their life as well. After all, symptoms are never the root of the problem.
Within this branch of coaching, you are typically expected to possess additional knowledge and skills devoted to your client’s unique challenges. These skills typically stem from past experience in related workplace fields, academic studies or your own personal health and wellness journey. As a highly supportive health partner, you help clients make choices that honor who they are and their unique health needs, as well as their desired outcomes. Your mission is to keep people on track for living and feeling their best regardless of their current health and wellness status.
A Whole Person Health & Wellness Coach assists clients to:
- Set clear fitness and health priorities and goals
- Find a solution to permanent weight management
- Develop a support network of supportive people
- Improve time management, reduce stress and eliminate procrastination
- Develop consistent motivation to maintain an exercise inclusive lifestyle
- Understand undesirable habits and be able to replace them with healthier ones
- Take responsibility for follow-through on declarations made for desired lifestyle plan
- Enjoy a more satisfying personal and/or professional life
- Create a balanced, harmonious life
Enhancing the services of medical professionals
In recent years, health & wellness coaching has proliferated inside holistic medical and healthcare practices. This accounts for a noticeable rise in the number of doctors, dentists and other alternative healthcare specialists who have recently supplemented their services through partnerships with coaches.
Having a coach on the team enhances their medical expertise with a powerful means of support, accountability and long-term success. In particular, it empowers the client to implement directives or advice put forth by a doctor or professional healthcare advisor. Working with a coach, patients have more “buy-in.” In turn, this frequently results in a greater success rate for some forms of treatment and improves states of health overall.
Caitlin Williams, MFA, WPCC