Why is meditation such an important part of the coach’s toolkit, and what can it do for clients? What does Functional Medicine Health Coaching look like when the client realizes that her physical health isn’t actually her focus right now?
This is episode 5 of our new video series, Functional Medicine Health Coaching LIVE, where Functional Medicine Coaching Academy-trained coaches help real clients start a transformation.
This inside look at the coaching process started with a casting call to our community, looking for clients who wanted to share their coaching journey on video. Real people who were ready to finally address their chronic health challenges responded! We matched them with a coach and filmed their sessions once a week for 6-8 weeks, and we’re excited to share the resulting videos with you.
We’re kicking things off with coach Gina and client Amanda’s journey, who met weekly via online video conference for 6 weeks as Amanda worked through some particularly challenging life events. This episode is the fifth of their 6 sessions, and it’s completely unedited (other than a few tweaks for lighting and sound) to show you what health coaching is really like. (P.S. We piloted the series last spring on YouTube and Facebook Live with our Alumni Program community, so if Gina and Amanda sound familiar, you probably caught them the first time around!)
Recap of Gina + Amanda’s Progress:
In their last session, our coach-client pair worked with the Functional Medicine Matrix and Amanda processed some strong emotions that came up during her Self-Compassion and meditation exercises. Gina suggested trying some breathwork meditation to help Amanda feel more connected and work through it when challenging emotions come up.
Gina + Amanda, Session 5:
This week, Amanda share what it was like to try out the breathwork exercises, through which she discovers some new connections and unexpected insights. This leads Gina and Amanda to reflect back on what they’ve accomplished over the course of their sessions so far. Together, they see how far Amanda has come, and they prioritize a few of Amanda’s new tools and exercises as part of her ongoing work. Watch to see how coach Gina guides Amanda to prioritizing the tools that will serve her best as her journey continues!
We’re almost finished with out Gina and Amanda episodes! Check in next Monday to catch the final session between our first coach-client pair, and watch Gina dive deeper into Amanda’s Self-Compassion, breathwork, and workouts.
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About the Coaching Process
A Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach (FMCHC) partners with individuals and groups in a client-centered process to support better health. FMCA trains our graduates to work closely with clients around all of the lifestyle factors (sleep/relaxation, exercise/movement, nutrition, stress, and relationships) that influence health. Coaching concepts like motivational interviewing, character strengths, and positive psychology enable health coaches to create the connection, trust, and rapport that facilitate lasting change. The coaching process is successful because it empowers clients to draw on internal strengths, develop self-knowledge, and embrace self-management strategies in order to make the often-challenging lifestyle changes necessary for optimal health.
A FMCHC’s solid understanding of the foundations of Functional Medicine informs their approach. They are fully trained to utilize many of the resources provided by The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM), such as the Timeline, Matrix, and Food Plans. Their background in Functional Medicine, combined with their training in positive psychology coaching skills, allows coaches to understand and support clients as they implement Functional Medicine treatment plans into their lifestyles. In this way, coaches move beyond the diagnosis-prescription model to co-create and execute a plan with the client that inspires them to a path of better health. When working under the delegation of the treating practitioner, a FMCHC may be able to provide further assistance related to labs and supplements. A FMCHC does not assess, prescribe, diagnose, treat, or interpret results.