‘Empowering You To Move With More Ease, Do What You Love & Live Well’
What is Wellness Coaching?
Wellness coaching at Unity Physiotherapy & Wellbeing integrates different aspects of lifestyle medicine into physiotherapy and coaching. There are other terms for wellness coaching, mainly wellbeing coaching, health & wellbeing coaching and health & wellness coaching.
Our health & wellbeing affects all aspects of life and vice versa. Many factors affect our health & wellbeing, including: stress, eating habits, physical activity, sleep, our thinking habits and beliefs, behaviours, mindsets, and our self-talk. This is where health & wellbeing coaching can help, coaching helps you explore the different aspects that contribute to health & wellbeing and discover what changes could be helpful for you.
Ann is a trained chartered physiotherapist, life coach, neurolinguistic programming (NLP) practitioner, and meditation teacher and she has a certification in functional nutrition & chronic pain. Ann combines knowledge and skills from physiotherapy, pain science, life coaching, NLP, acceptance & commitment therapy (ACT), compassion focused therapy (CFT), meditation, yoga, pilates, and nutrition into wellness coaching.
Wellness coaching is integrated into physiotherapy sessions and it can be used outside the context of physiotherapy too. Within wellness coaching we usually 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.
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. NLP is integrated into coaching to 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 Coaching?
Acceptance & commitment therapy (ACT) in coaching means using the principles of ACT for behaviour change to take meaningful action. Meaningful action is based on your values, despite unwanted thoughts and feelings being present (there is a compassionate acceptance they are there), towards your values based goals. Using ACT in coaching can help you to do what’s important to you, maximise your health and wellbeing, and live a purposeful values based life.
What is Compassion Focused Therapy in 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 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 through wise action.
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, health & wellbeing coaching with ACT & CFT help us acknowledge this with compassion, explore where we are and move forwards. Combining ACT & CFT principles into 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. A little note here, a goal is something to achieve whereas a value is a direction in which we travel.
How Can Wellness Coaching Help You?
Coaching 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.
We all have the ability to help ourselves, you understand you best, coaching empowers you to make choices with greater knowledge and understanding. Coaching with Ann will deepen your understanding through questioning and compassionate exploration. We will work jointly together to empower you to reach your desired health & wellbeing goals.
Some questions to ponder:
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 you often self-critical?
Are these or other things affecting your health & wellbeing?
If yes coaching could be helpful for you. 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
What Would You Like?
Would You Like:
- a better life balance?
- to be less self-critical?
- to nurture self-compassion & compassion for others?
- to improve your self-care?
- to change habits, including overthinking?
- increase clarity or a change of focus?
- to feel less stressed?
- to 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?
- increased 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?
Ann 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.
Ann always work within her knowledge and skills base, sometimes it’s more appropriate for you to see another professional, like a psychologist, if this is the case Ann can work alongside them with you if this is helpful.
Ann offers a free up to 15 minute call to discuss if wellness coaching could help you, get in touch to book this call.
‘The acquirement & enjoyment of physical wellbeing, mental calm & spiritual peace are priceless to their possessors’~ Joseph Pilates
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