What does “staying active” look like with multiple sclerosis and osteoarthritis? How can a coach reframe movement for a client who use to be able to do it all?
We’re digging into episode 3 of Holly and Catherine’s journey, the second coach-client pair featured in our Functional Medicine Health Coaching LIVE video series.
Functional Medicine Health Coaching LIVE is a completely unedited, first-hand look at the power of the coaching process. We’re incredibly proud of the change our Functional Medicine Health Coach graduates create in the world, and this series puts the spotlight on their work, showing how the unique skills and techniques of Functional Medicine Coaching Academy-trained coaches can help clients tap into their motivation, overcome roadblocks, and find new and creative ways to thrive. Holly and Catherine’s coaching journey will include 6 coaching sessions focused around maintaining an active lifestyle while managing chronic illness and preparing for major surgery.
Holly + Catherine, Session 3:
Given her lifelong love of outdoor activities AND the nature of her chronic illnesses—multiple sclerosis and osteoarthritis—movement is really at the center of Catherine’s coaching journey.
This week, she and coach Holly start to explore creating an active lifestyle that works for Catherine, and the first step they take is to practice bringing more consciousness to movement.
What that looks like: Catherine starts logging her daily activity, infusing movement into her day in surprising ways that fit her routine AND her body’s needs. And as she shares in the video, taking a few moments for mindful movement helps her feel more energized and less stressed.
Diet is also an important part of this story, and Catherine is celebrating maintaining a cleaner diet and creating self-awareness around what she puts into her body. She shares some fears around plateauing, and Holly encourages her to practice realistic expectation while celebrating the small lifestyle changes she IS seeing.
Holly suggests that they bring in techniques and tools like the VIA Survey of Character Strengths and Self-Care Questionnaire to compare Catherine’s mindset at the start of coaching to where she is now. Check out this week’s episode to see all this and more!
And join next Monday for session #4 to see how Catherine’s Self-Care Questionnaire has changed from week 1 to week 4.
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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.
About Functional Medicine Coaching LIVE
This new video series, Functional Medicine Health Coaching LIVE, follows Functional Medicine Coaching Academy-trained coaches as they help their 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. And 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 these episodes are the unedited videos of their sessions. Throughout the series, you’ll see a range of coaching styles, client health challenges, and client-coach dynamics as each pair works toward better health together. It’s a realistic look at the broad range of experiences and styles you can find in Functional Medicine Health Coaching.