All over the world, people are increasingly feeling unwell. Health products and services make up a $3.7 trillion industry that continues to grow at an impressive rate. The problem is most of the products and services fail to produce desired results. As a wellness coach, you can be part of the solution to this widespread problem.
Wellness coaches work with their clients to make improvements to the clients’ wellbeing and overall quality of life. Through an initial assessment of the client’s current lifestyle habits, you and the client choose target areas to focus on. Using this information, you and your client will try to and come up with a step-by-step plan. This plan is formulated to achieve the results you’ve agreed on. It’s up to the client to do the actual work required to carry it out. The coach is responsible for keeping them motivated and on-track, as well as for providing the knowledge required to make optimal choices.
Making better lifestyle choices
Because wellness coaching involves working with the client’s unique physiology, it can be much less predictable than other coaching specialties. What works for you or for other people may not work for your client. If this happens, you need to be ready to change tactics. Balancing this kind of responsiveness with the commitment to diligence required to make can be very challenging. In these cases, it’s up to the coach to draw the line. For example, if repeated attempts to get your client to cut down on their drinking have failed, they may need the services of an addiction specialist. You can’t help them until the addition problem is dealt with.
As a coach, your role is not as concrete as that of a nutritionist or physical therapist. Consequently, it does not require the same amount of education. However, you should also be aware of the limitations that might be placed on your ability to endorse certain kinds of advice or client goals. Wellness coaches should not try to try to do things like optimize a client’s vitamin intake or recommend herbal supplements and treatments, as these things could cause the client serious harm if done incorrectly. More general aspirations that the client expresses interest in first, however (such work-life and balance or cutting down on cholesterol), are acceptable for a wellness coach to handle.
The many responsibilities of wellness coaching mean that coaches are strongly discouraged from practicing without appropriate credentials. Certifications from the Wellcoaches School of Coaching which is associated with the American College of Sports Medicine and the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, are considered the industry gold standard, but others exist; anyone who wishes to practice as a wellness coach should acquire one.