Enhance Your Life With Wellness Coaching!
“It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease, than to know what sort of disease a person has” – Hippocrates, 460-380 BC
“You already have the precious mixture that will make you well. Use it”–Rumi, 13th Century
These days the concept of wellness is very chic. It’s all around us, whether it’s about the food we eat or the places we choose to vacation or where or what we do for exercise. It took a long time to get here and the definition of wellness continues to grow and expand as we begin to understand in greater and more profound detail what contributes to a person’s state of being well.
The concept of wellness was originally penned by Dr Halbert Dunn in the early 1900’s in his book “High Level Wellness.” In the mid 1970’s a physician, Dr John Travis opened the world’s first wellness center in California and became a pioneer in moving the wellness movement forward. He believed in 3 key concepts;
- Wellness is a process, never a static state
- Illness and health are only the tip of an iceberg. To understand their causes you must look below the surface.
- We are all energy transformers, connected with the universe. All life processes, including illness, depend on how we manage our energy
Basically, our wellness and well-being go far beyond how we physically feel. We now understand on SO many levels, how our minds, bodies, and emotional lives function; not as separate parts but intricately connected to fuel our whole selves. How we take care of our bodies, our minds, our hearts, each other, either serve to fuel our sense of wellness and well-being or contribute to our state of dis-ease. How we live, our behaviors, our beliefs and feelings either help support or disrupt our wellness.
Dr Travis founded the Wellness Inventory, a series of questions that key into 12 aspects of a persons’ well being as seen on the colorful Wellness Wheel. (Please visit www.mywellnesstest.com/rfagan ) The answers to these questions as well as the level of satisfaction you feel about your answers is the pathway to creating a personalized wellness plan. Whether you choose to work on how you do (or don’t) exercise or how balanced work vs. play is in your life, or dealing with self-defeating, toxic thoughts, you get to choose how to bring balance and meaning and all-inclusive wellness to your life.
My job, as your wellness coach, is to facilitate that process and assist you in determining what is meaningful to you. In our coaching, using the Wellness Inventory as our blueprint, you the client have continued access to a wealth of information about all aspects of wellness. What are the areas of your life that aren’t supporting your definition of a life lived well? What steps can you start making, right now, that would clearly put you on your path to the life you deserve?
As stated so beautifully in Dr Travis’ Wellness Workbook; “Wellness is the integration of body, mind, and spirit-the appreciation that everything you do, and think, and feel, and believe has an impact on your state of health and the health of the world.”