What is Wellness Coaching?

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There are many confusing terms and titles in the health, wellness, and fitness industry. 

You’ve probably heard of professionals such as:

  • Personal Trainers
  • Physical Therapists
  • Dieticians
  • Nutrition Coach
  • Health Coach
  • Group Fitness Instructor
  • Fitness Coach

And the list goes on… but what about a wellness coach?

Let’s start by defining wellness:

The Global Wellness Institute defines wellness as the active pursuit of activities, choices, and lifestyles that lead to a state of holistic health.

The key takeaway is that it’s multidimensional. It’s not just a certain type of workout, a specific diet plan, or a single spiritual practice. 

It’s a blend of the choices we may make each day, week, month, and year. It’s also unique to each individual. 

So what is a wellness coach?

A wellness coach is someone who acts as a guide during their client’s active pursuit of activities, choices, and lifestyles that lead to a state of holistic health.

Wellness coaching is like flying an airplane?

Think about the relationship between a wellness coach and client like you would an air traffic controller and a pilot. 

From takeoff to landing, the air traffic controller and pilot do not see each other. In fact, for the majority of the flight, they are not even speaking to one another.

They rely on training, clear communication, and a predetermined plan/route for a safe trip from takeoff to landing. 

The pilot is the one doing the vast majority of work, but the air traffic controller is there in case the pilot needs guidance along the way. 

Lastly, although each airplane, flight path, and pilot are similar, there are subtle differences that make each flight unique. 

The relationship between a wellness coach and client is very much alike.

The majority of the time, a wellness coach and a client are not seeing one another or speaking to each other. 

They rely upon coaching, clear communication, and a sound plan during their short calls together for “successful navigation” between calls. 

The client is the one doing the vast majority of work, but the coach is there in case the client needs guidance along the way. 

Lastly, although the core principles of wellness, general path, and human beings are similar, there are subtle differences that make each journey unique.

In summary, a wellness coach is a guide or a metaphoric air traffic controller for the client along their wellness journey. 

What makes wellness coaching different from other types of coaching/training?

This warrants an entire post itself. For the time being, here are some of the main bullet points on what makes wellness coaching unique:

  • Holistic. It isn’t just about working out, eating healthy, or meditating. It’s taking a look at how lifestyle choices work together to lead a life of holistic health. 

  • Non-Prescriptive. Like the pilot/air traffic controller analogy above, the client is in the cockpit. That is to say, it’s up to the client to make the choices based on their unique, wellness definition. The coach is there to help guide the client along the flight path of life.

  • Sustainable. What good is a 6-week program? Wellness coaching focuses on implementing plans/strategies that are sustainable, long term. 

Too long, didn’t read? Here are some key takeaways:

  • Wellness is the active pursuit of activities, choices, and lifestyles that lead to a state of holistic health.

  • Wellness coaching is the guiding of clients on their journey of the above-mentioned pursuit.

  • Wellness coaching is different from other types of coaching/training as it is holistic, non-prescriptive, and sustainable.

Thanks for reading and until next time – be well!

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