Is This You?
You're busy. You juggle competing demands.
The thought of letting anything go seems impossible. It weighs you down.
You put self-care last.
You learned that working hard is how to succeed in life. You now find that this approach leads to physical, mental and emotional burnout.
You feel overwhelmed, irritable, restless or uneasy. You snap at your kids, partner and others, and it’s out of your control.
Your body carries tension that doesn't ease up.
You have symptoms: pain, depression, anxiety or other chronic discomforts.
You're bored, you feel stuck and don't know how to do life differently.
If any of these resonate, you have come to the right place. I can help.
How will mind-body coaching help me?
A life coach helps you clarify and articulate what you want most from life and how best to achieve it. Coaching helps people who feel stuck work through their obstacles in order to create the results they want in all areas of life, work and relationships. It's kind of like having a “personal trainer for your soul”.
A mind-body coach facilitates awareness of the mind-body connection - how mind effects body and vice versa - to help you discover relief from a wide array of mind and/or body symptoms. Symptoms can include just about any type of physical, emotional or mental discomfort you can think of: chronic pain, overwhelm, excessive worry, chronic fatigue, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and so on. Rather than simply trying to manage or mask the symptoms by taking medication or by some other means, the mind-body approach involves healing the root cause of the issues by helping you to discover your unique mind-body conditioning that has been learned and practiced repeatedly over the course of your life, so much so that it has become automatic and outside of your awareness.
Your conditioning includes the habitual ways you think and feel. Through the process of coaching, you become more conscious of your automatic habits that don't support what you want in life. You can learn and begin to practice simple mind and body awareness techniques to support you to disrupt and undo old habits and create new ones that are more aligned with your life and health goals.
Specifically, mind-body coaching with Mara will help you to:
Cultivate a fine-tuned ability to notice. Noticing is the first step towards change, and cultivating this skill affords you the ability to know what is best for you at every step along the way.
Become aware of the dynamic interplay of thoughts, emotions and physical sensations that keep you stuck in habitual patterns of behavior. You will learn how to:
Interpret your body's signals. Your body sends you clear and distinct messages in the form of physical sensations that tell you how you are doing. You will begin to notice and trust your body's YES and NO signals. The body never lies.
Become aware of deeply held beliefs that may not be true and that are limiting your world view. You will become adept at noticing the habits of your own mind and gaining clarity in how they support or hinder your daily life experiences.
Recognize and allow the expression and release of suppressed emotions and free up your creative energy flow.
Experience greater ease, freedom and relief in body and mind.
Become skillful with recognizing the inherent wisdom that comes through your body, mind and/or emotions as signals that are available in every moment.
Follow your moment-by-moment inner wisdom leadings by taking tiny steps in the life direction they reveal to you. In this way, you will move towards a way of being that is more aligned with what you want.
Consciously move towards your wants/dreams/goals with clarity and ease.
Recognize and rely on your inner-knowing.
I am passionate about the power of these tools and I’m living proof that they really do work. In my personal experience, I have used my own coaching methods to dissolve anxiety, depression and physical discomforts. More recently mind-body awareness was my go-to approach for healing from chronic back pain after a lower back injury. I’m thrilled to now be symptom free and able to engage in yoga and exercise again after a long hiatus.
How does a coaching session work?
Coaching isn’t a substitute for therapy. It's not for people with serious emotional or mental problems. It’s about creating results. It focuses on changing habitual attitudes and behaviors resulting from past experiences.
Coaching sessions with me are typically via telephone. You schedule a session and receive a confirmation email with call-in details. We meet on a conference line. Sessions can be recorded if desired and sent to you via mp3 file.
Coaching sessions are a collaborative experience in which you, as the client, take an active role in delving into your personal experience to uncover insights and awareness about what's driving the difficulty or challenge that you're facing. I, as the coach will never give you advice or tell you what is right or wrong for you. Rather, I will support you to uncover this for yourself.
During sessions it helps to be in a quiet space if possible.