Do You Have Questions About Wellness Coaching?

Things You Should Know

A wellness coach develops a program with their patients, not for their patients. As your coach, I would find out what you like to do and how you like to do it. For example, when it comes to physical activity, I would find out what you exercise preferences are (ex. indoor or outdoor), whether you like to work alone or with a group, and what kinds of exercises you prefer (ex. dance, yoga, elliptical machines). Even with larger health concerns, such as being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, the goal is to work with you and discover what kind of realistic changes you can make to co-create a new lifestyle program. 

“Wellness” does not equal just the physical body or physical health. Wellness coaches regard “wellness” as a concept of whole-person health. In scientific literature, health is often equated to biological fitness (ex. weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar level) and the term “well-being” is usually used to refer to mental health. However, “wellness” incorporates the two while expanding to other factors such as healthy relationships, environmental wellness, and financial health.

I examine and interpret your health and wellness within the context of your life and the environment in which you are living it. For example, someone who lives in a rural community away from nearby health food stores or health clubs may be encouraged to seek out nutrition by gardening or exercising in their own neighborhoods versus having to drive long distances for health amenities.

A key aspect of the wellness movement is integrative wellness coaching, which is less about giving people a lifestyle prescription and telling them what to do, and more about partnering with individuals and hearing about their lives, their areas of knowledge, and getting to know what they want to do and how they want to do things to improve their own wellness.