‘Empowering you to move with more ease, do what you love & live well’
What is health & wellbeing coaching?
Health & Wellbeing coaching at Unity Physiotherapy & Wellbeing integrates different aspects of lifestyle medicine into physiotherapy and coaching. Physio-coaching aims to maintain and improve health & wellbeing. Our health & wellbeing affects all aspects of life and vice versa. Stress, eating habits, physical activity, sleep, your thinking habits and beliefs, behaviours, mindsets, our self-talk all influence our health and wellbeing and vice versa. This is where health & wellbeing coaching can help as it helps you explore many different aspects that affect our wellbeing and happiness.
I am a trained Chartered Physiotherapist, Life Coach, Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioner, and Meditation Teacher. Combining these aspects help me to understand the different aspects of being human and how these relate to you in your world.
I combine knowledge and skills from physiotherapy, pain science, life coaching, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), meditation, yoga and pilates into wellbeing coaching. As a physio integrating health & wellbeing coaching I am working as both a physiotherapist integrating coaching and knowledge of many aspects of lifestyle medicine.
Health and wellbeing coaching is integrated into physiotherapy sessions and can help you in many ways, including with: stress management, confidence, anxiety, work performance, happiness, being your best self every day, living well, maximising your performance in exercise/sports and hobbies, and improving your overall health and wellbeing.
Within physio-coaching we explore your values as these are a compass for living a meaningful and purposeful life. Our values guide, inspire and motivate us. When we are living out of line with our values it often affects our wellbeing and happiness.
Some of my main business values (they are personal values too) are communication, clarity, compassion, creativity, change, and honesty. Compassion is at the heart of care at Unity Physiotherapy & Wellbeing.
Do you lack energy?
Do you struggle with motivation to do the things that you know are helpful for you?
Do you lack confidence?
Do you feel stuck in your comfort zone?
Do you need some support with making changes?
Are these or other things affecting your health & wellbeing?
We will compassionately explore where you are now and where you want to be, then build a bridge towards the outcome so you feel you can start moving, building more bridge as you go.
‘If we hope to go anywhere or develop ourselves in any way, we can only step from where we are standing. If we don’t really know where we are standing….We may only go in circles’ ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn
How can health & wellbeing coaching help you?
We all have the ability to help ourselves, physio-coaching empowers you to do this with greater knowledge and understanding. You understand you best, we can always deepen our understanding of ourselves. Physio-coaching with me will deepen your understanding through questioning, compassion, exploration, awareness, understanding your values & what’s meaningful to you, and how you van maximise your health & wellbeing. We will work jointly together to empower you to reach your desired health & wellbeing goals.
What would you like?
Would you like:
- a better life balance?
- to develop more psychological flexibility?
- change habits, including overthinking?
- clarity or a change of focus?
- to feel less stressed?
- change direction?
- to be able to do a particular sport or just be generally fitter?
- to feel less anxious?
- to sleep better?
- to learn to relax more easily?
- more confidence in general or with something specific?
- to move from how you are being (a way of showing up each day) now to a way of being that’s more in-line with your values and purpose?
- to live well and be your best self everyday?
- Or something else?
I can help you with these things and achieving any other health & wellbeing goals. Physical and mental health go hand in hand, they can’t be split as they are inextricably interlinked, so we work with both to create the changes you wish to achieve. I always work within my knowledge and skills base, so this sometimes means it’s more appropriate for you to see a Psychologist and for me to work alongside them with you.
What is Neurolinguistic Programming in Coaching?
NLP considers the language we use for ourselves and others, how we process, create and relate to our worlds both consciously and unconsciously. Moment by moment we take in information about the world around us through our five senses, the way we filter, store, process and relate to our sensory representations creates our world. Physio-coaching combined with NLP will help you explore the relationships between how you think, feel, communicate and behave. Exploration deepens understanding and enables you to make the most helpful choices towards your desired health and wellbeing goals.
What is Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) in Physio-Coaching?
Acceptance & commitment therapy (ACT) in physiotherapy means using the principles of ACT for behaviour change to help you take meaningful action, based on your values despite unwanted thoughts and feelings being present, towards your values based goals. Using ACT in physio-coaching helps you do what’s important to you, maximise your health and wellbeing, and live a purposeful values based life.
What is Compassion Focused Therapy in Physio-Coaching?
Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) was developed by Psychologist Paul Gilbert. This is also known as Compassionate Mind Training (CMT) when used outside of the therapy setting. In CFT there are 3 emotional systems, threat, drive and soothing, we explore these in physio-coaching sessions. We also explore and do some compassionate mind training exercises when this is helpful.
CFT/CMT helps us see that things like anxiety and unhelpful thoughts that affect the action we take are normal and part of being human. CFT guides us to be kind to ourselves and explore what’s difficult, rather than turning away from it, to understand things and make helpful changes.
Both ACT and CFT/CMT help us see there is nothing to fix, we were never broken. There are, however, times we would like things to be different, physio-coaching with ACT & CFT help us acknowledge this with compassion and explore where we are and move forwards. Combining ACT & CFT principles into physio-coaching helps in various ways, including that they guide us to: accept and understand how things are rather than pushing the difficult things away; explore what’s meaningful; build awareness; set meaningful goals; take steps towards our values each day; live a purposeful life. We can step towards our goals by bringing our values to life each day.
‘The acquirement & enjoyment of physical wellbeing, mental calm & spiritual peace are priceless to their possessors’~ Joseph Pilates
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