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What is a Functional Wellness Coach?

Wellness coaching changes lives, and it's at the forefront of the fight against chronic disease. Coaches are experts in nutrition, hormone imbalances and general health. They support people who are experiencing health problems.

The majority of illnesses (over 85 percent) are driven by our behaviour and environment, not our genes. That means we all have the power to prevent or reverse chronic illness just by adopting healthier diets and habits.

Wellness coaches have a working knowledge of diet, lifestyle, and nutrition. They understand how these affect the body and more importantly how making changes can impact health dramatically.

Coaches also have the tools and skills to help clients build new habits and make lasting changes. This is what makes wellness coaches unique in the healthcare industry—they are not just a source of information but a catalyst for change.

How Do Clients Benefit from Working with a Wellness Coach?

Working with a coach can have a variety of benefits for clients. Some clients may take actions that they never considered possible or overcome sticking points that they thought were insurmountable. Others may see a shift in mindset that helps them take an important next step. Still others may discover how to make lasting lifestyle changes after years of cycles of success and failure.

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Benefits for People with Chronic Diseases

Research shows that wellness coaching has positive effects on clients dealing with heart disease, hypertension, obesity, and diabetes, among other chronic diseases. Clients with these chronic diseases get help understanding their diagnosis and treatment plan, get support with the difficult emotions that can result from a chronic illness, and have a partner to hold them accountable as they take steps to manage or reverse the disease

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A Wellness Coach educates and empowers clients to make healthier choices for themselves.

This requires abandoning any personal agendas, dealing with one’s own emotional triggers related to client topics, and learning to listen from a neutral, non judgmental space.
Becoming a great coach takes time to practice, learn and to build up experience. It is also important to “Walk The Talk”. Using the knowledge you have learned to make changes in your own life is by far the most inspiring path you can take. Clients feel this and trust what you are telling them when they know you walk the same path.

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Become Accredited and Professional

Professional coaches adhere to a professional set of standards and ethics that are in the best interests of their clients and that elevate the profession. Coaches must not only understand the foundational competencies of wellness coaching but also learn about what coaches can and can’t do. This “scope of practice” includes not diagnosing conditions or prescribing treatments.

Coaches should also be able to recognise red flags and know when to refer clients to other health professionals. Being able to recognise mental and physical health concerns that should be referred out to a health professional qualified to deal with these issues is vital for the client and vital for your confidence.

Be part of the solution.

We need health coaches now more than ever. How can you take your passion for health and helping people and turn it into a career? By enrolling in a health coach training program where you can combine that passion with the training required to make a real difference in clients’ lives. Prospective coaches who are ready to take that next step should consider a few things when looking at health coach training programs.

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What makes a good health coach training program?

An Education in Functional Health and Nutrition

Coaches with an education in functional health and nutrition understand the root causes of disease and how changes to diet and lifestyle affect these systems. This allows them to understand client health concerns and provide clients with appropriate resources when requested.

Expert Instructors and Experienced Mentor Coaches

Look for faculty members who have experience and are leaders in their field. These faculty set the foundation of your coaching education and are an important part of successful development as a coach.

Approved by Governing Bodies and Insured

Our courses are recognised by The Federation Of Holistic Therapists and The Kinesiology Federation. Both governing bodies are registered with the government approved board the CNHC. The course is insured by Balens Ltd and the syllabus is in line with the National Occupational Standards.

Professional Development

Learning how to coach is important, but you’ll also need to know how to market yourself, network, and potentially even run your own business.

Wellness coaches fill a gap in the healthcare system.

Wellness coaching is different from other health and helping professions. They are not like sports coaches or life coaches, they are not therapists, and they are not functional nutritionists, dieticians or physicians. All of these other professions play an important role in people’s health and wellbeing, but none of them are “agents of change” for health improvement the way that wellness coaches are.
Health coaching has many paths to career and business success. Coaches can work with a variety of clients in a number of professional settings. 

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Can I Run My Own Private Coaching Business?

Yes. Many coaches with an entrepreneurial spirit start their own coaching business. This route offers considerable flexibility, but it comes with lots of responsibility. As a private practice coach, you aren’t locked into working one on one with clients. You can also work with groups and develop workshops or online content. A private practice also allows you to choose a niche that you are passionate about and work only with patients in that area of focus.

Can You Make Wellness Coaching a Career?

Yes. A coaching career starts with a passion for helping people and a willingness to listen and support them. Knowing the type of coach you want to be, who you want to work with, and how you want to practice are important to creating your coaching career vision. Income can vary depending on your location, your area of focus, the type of job or practice you want, and your experience. Doing a search for coaching jobs or looking at coaching rates near where you live can give you a good idea of your earning power as a coach.

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