What Is a Holistic Coach? This Is What Professionals Do

“ Wellness: The harmony between mind, body and sprit. ”

When I read this quote, I’m reminded of how simple health and wellbeing really is. However with the stresses of our modern world, most of us become out of balance at some point in our lives.

There is little anyone can do to help improve one’s health, peace and happiness until the effects of stress on our physical and mental health are addressed.

The positive news is public demand for a holistic approach to health and wellness continues to increase, along with continuous scientific research and developments in the wellness industry.

A holistic coach partners with their clients to help them achieve their ideal life and health goals often by creating a plan.

By viewing a client’s whole being, including their physical, mental, social, emotional and spiritual aspects combined with using a variety of activities and exercises, they show their clients how to reduce the effects of stress and achieve optimal health.

They empower them to discover and access their own inner wisdom and healing ability. Because when the mind is clear, calm and peaceful, the body’s own built in healing ability is activated.

Holistic means to provide support that looks at the whole person, not just their mental health needs. A holistic approach focuses on a person’s wellness, not just their condition or illness.

Here’s a more detailed explanation of a holistic approach to coaching and counseling from the IMTTA (The International Meditation Teachers & Therapists Association) Holistic Counselling from this article:

“Holistic counselling is a unique form of counselling, focused on the whole person. Using the principals of humanistic (or positive) psychology. It is solution focused rather than problem focused and considers physiological and psychological disorders to be parts of the greater whole.

The holistic approach regards the mind, body and spirit as fundamentally interconnected.

Holistic Coaching is aimed at empowering a client to discover and access their own inner wisdom and healing capacity by providing support, guidance and resources like positive life skills, Meditation therapy, stress management skills, self-acceptance and communication skills, which are developed through a range of activities and exercises.

The Holistic Coach does not seek to analyze, categorize, judge or label their clients but endeavours to provide information that facilitates a clients personal journey toward self-discovery and ultimately having the confidence, clarity, wisdom and resources to solve problems, overcome issues and achieve goals for themselves.

This is a human-centred therapy, where the coach becomes a support partner and resource provider rather than an authority on what is and what is not healthy, with the intention of assisting the client to reach their own life and health goals (which can be extremely diverse), in a safe and respectful environment.

The brain and the body’s response to stress can be paralyzing! When our clients are suffering from stress (which they usually will be) there is little anyone can do to assist them in finding better health, peace and happiness, until the stress and the effects of the stress on their physical and mental health has been addressed.

There are many wonderful therapies available that can truly bring about miraculous healing but while the client remains unable to manage the stress in their lives any healing will quickly be undone and illness will reappear.

When people learn how to connect with that part of themselves that is peaceful, calm and in control, they can reduce the effects of stress and trauma. When the mind is calm and peaceful, the body’s own (very powerful) healing ability is activated.

Meditation is scientifically proven to be the fastest and most effective way to reduce stress and to increase an individual’s capacity to manage stress. Over the past decade, many studies have shown how the regular practice of Meditation changes the chemical environment in the body and can repair damaged cells, reduce high blood pressure and much more.”

Why become a professional Holistic Coach?

Here’s a quick checklist to see if this could be a match for you:

✓ Key Personality Traits

Do you have any of these personality traits that aspiring holistic coaches naturally embody:

Are you willing to help others? To be effective in their roles, holistic coaches are passionate about helping others.

Are you empathetic? Empathy is to understand and share the feelings of others. You’re able to imagine what it’s like to walk in your client’s shoes, understand what they need and respect different points of view.

Are you flexible? Can you adapt and change? Your clients’ needs may require different methods and your ability to pivot in approach is critical.

This is a brief list, but to be effective in their roles, would-be holistic coaches must possess fundamental traits such as these and more.

✓ Open to Study Meditation

It’s the foundation to become a qualified, professional Holistic Coach. If you currently do not meditate and are open to learning, find a course where you learn how to meditate and study holistic coaching at the same time.

You’ll be taught to select the correct meditation styles for your client’s individual learning style. As well as develop teaching skills and come to understand meditation for the powerful, natural healing therapy it has long been known for and has now been clinically proven to be.

✓ Recognize Major Benefits of Enrolling in a Certified Training Course

While there are no formal education requirements to become a Holistic Coach, many aspiring candidates choose to study a certified course, to receive these key benefits:

  • Gain valuable knowledge, skills and feel empowered by studying with a school that offers scientific, evidence-based training.
  • Authority to join an industry association and obtain affordable insurance.
  • Enhances your credibility helps you stand out from your peers.

✓ Desire to Up-skill Your Existing Career

Aspire to expand your professional skills? Holistic Coaching complements many careers whether you’re a holistic practitioner looking to go the next level, simply keen to up-skill or ready for a new career.

Take your first steps towards becoming a certified Holistic Coach today!

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