“I believe that functional medicine is one of the most important ideas of our time – an idea that can help relieve the unnecessary suffering of millions.”
— Dr. Mark Hyman, director of the Cleveland Clinic, Center for Functional Medicine
What is functional medicine?
Functional Medicine dives deep into the individual to identify and address the root causes of disease. Recognizing the body as an integrated system, not independent organs to be managed by medical specialties, it instead treats the whole system, not just the symptoms.
Functional medicine examines how a patients past and present experiences, lifestyle, and environment play a role in their health. Functional medicine practitioners believe that many chronic diseases are preventable and even reversible. To do that one should adhere to their individualized plan addressing points such as diet, stress, exercise, genetics, and psycho-spiritual needs with their functional medicine team.
What is a Functional Medicine Health Coach?
A Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach (FMCHC) partners with individuals or groups in a client-centered process to support their health. FMCA graduates are trained to work closely with clients around all lifestyle factors (sleep/relaxation, exercise/movement, nutrition, stress, and relationships) that influence health. Using coaching concepts, such as motivational interviewing, character strengths, and positive behavior psychology, health coaches are equipped with the skills necessary to foster connection, trust, and rapport with clients. Health coaching is becoming a sought-after service because it is so successful at empowering clients to draw on internal strengths, develope self-knowledge, and embrace self-management strategies in order to overcome the obstacles on their journey towards optimum health.
Who is Health Coaching for?
Health Coaching is for the individual who is ready for change but maybe doesn’t know where to start or needs support, knowledge, and guidance in order to achieve their goals.