“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.” ~Thomas Edison
A holistic health and wellness coach is “a trained professional who uses an integrative approach to both diet and lifestyle changes to improve their client’s health.” (Source: AFPA). A holistic health coach helps his/her clients live in the present, rebuild the mind/body connection, and prioritize self-care for an overall healthier and happier life.
They work as guides that assess one’s nutritional patterns, fitness level, relationships, religious/spiritual beliefs, and the like. Thus holistic health looks at the world person – mind, body, and spirit. So holistic health coaching is not a one-size-fits-all. Everyone’s needs are different. For example, one client might need help with body image because they develop the confidence to go to the gym or to attend public exercise classes. On the other hand, another client might want to seek the ancient way of healing through herbalism in lieu of pharmaceutical drugs in partnership with their licensed healthcare provider.
Although holistic health and wellness coaches are knowledgeable in their chosen holistic wellness niche, we do not uphold ourselves as licensed nutritionists, registered dietitians, or certified personal trainers – unless credentialed as such. Neither do holistic coaches act in the capacity of licensed health care providers, which we are not unless licensed or credentialed as such. Therefore, we do not engage in patient diagnosis and we do not act as licensed therapists treating or counseling those with mental illness disorders. Each of those areas should be handled by its respective professionals. But just like a life coach, holistic health coaches encourage, consult, and/or facilitate choices and habits that help their clients reach their overall wellness goals.
Benefits of Holistic Health Coaching:
- Prioritize self-care against balancing a busy schedule thus providing you the necessary time, energy, and vitality to help/serve the important people without spreading yourself too thin.
- Retrain how you think about yourself and how you speak to yourself (when no one else is listening)
- Establish a mind-body connection so you can recognize any warning signs through pain, stress, and the like – all of which serves as indicators that something is out of alignment elsewhere in your life