what do I stand for, as a coach?
There are probably a lot of things that come to mind when you hear the words “health coach.” But regardless of what those mental pictures look like, the truth is, all of us coaches are a little bit different.
Over the years, I’ve allowed my practice and my philosophy to evolve and change, based upon what really worked for both my clients, and myself!
The cornerstone of my coaching: The unshakable belief that YOU CAN HEAL.
Your body inherently knows how to heal, and its natural state is one of balance, vitality, and joy. My job is simply to give you some tools to activate your body’s built-in mechanisms for detoxification, circulation, resilience, calm, strength, and immunity.
So, what else do I believe in, and bring into my coaching practice?
First of all, I am a coach that is affirming to you, your experience, and your identity. I am a BODY-POSITIVE coach, and am committed to changing the language we use (especially in the health/wellness fields) surrounding food, weight loss/gain, body image, and the like. You will not hear me talk about quick ways to drop a dress size, talk about “cheat” meals, or only focus on the number on the scale. Your body is yours, and yours alone, to nourish and care for. There is no ideal body type, shape, color, size, or ability.
Secondly, the underlying theme of much of my coaching practice is EMPOWERMENT. Like my views on body positivity, I am also firmly committed to honoring and celebrating the unique needs and experiences of queer people, trans individuals, disabled folks, people of color, women, and other disadvantaged groups. I am not afraid to call myself a feminist, and I weave empowering messages into my work with all genders.
Thirdly, it’s important to know that I do not follow any one particular dogma or program. While I may have an educational background in certain fields, it does not mean that I automatically subscribe to 100% of one person’s teachings. There is a lot of pressure in my field to “stay on brand,” but I say, “f*ck that.” I incorporate both Western and holistic medicines. I blend nutritional guidance from many sources, including raw, vegan, paleo/primal, and Ayurvedic philosophies. I believe in intuitive eating, connecting to the energy of your food/medicine, and ultimately, FEELING what works best for your body and your healing process. I also follow a lot of guidance that goes against what most of us have been taught in school, or in the doctor’s office. Because of all of these things, working with me will require some faith- in my recommendations, in yourself, and in your own higher power.
Lastly, my coaching has a strong spiritual and mindfulness component, that I believe is essential to true transformation. I will recommend things like meditation, yoga, Reiki/energy work, crystal healing, digital detox, or reflective journaling. I will help you grow your own unique spiritual beliefs and practices, and let them support the rest of the work we do together. Now, I understand this doesn’t suit everyone, and that’s okay. There are plenty of other coaches out there that happily “stick to the books,” so to speak, and I can refer you to one of them instead!
In the end, I don’t claim to be an expert, or a guru, or some magical guide who will solve all your problems. But I’ve learned a lot, researched a lot, and most importantly, experienced a lot. I know the common pitfalls that those of us with chronic illness face, and I also know that in order to truly heal, you must work on all levels- mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual.
If you want to chat more about what makes my approach unique, or how it might benefit you, just ask me for your free discovery call. This is 30 minutes of one-on-one, no-pressure time to talk about your struggles, and how I may be able to serve you powerfully!