Intuition Exercises from Co-Active Coaching
Intuition is the sixth sense that helps us respond to a question. Sometimes the question is explicit and posed. Sometimes it’s part of the background of the conversation. In health coaching, there is always a question in the air about the client’s life.
To practice your intuition, meet with a friend or a colleague in a quiet place where the two of you can be undisturbed for a while.
Have one person write down a series of open ended questions on separate pieces of paper about his or her life. Have them fold the papers so the questions can’t be read. Pick a piece of paper from the pile, keeping the question hidden.
Then you both spend three to five minutes concentrating on the question you picked even though you haven’t read it. Report whatever comes up from your intuition: the random thoughts, the feelings, anything you noticed in terms of visual images, sounds, smells and touch, along with whatever else you may have noticed or anything that distracted you.
Then read the question and explore the connections. Exercise from Whitworth, L. (2007). Co-active coaching: new skills for coaching people toward success in work and life. Mountain View, Calif., Davies-Black Pub.
Health Coaching is an intuition fitness center. Combining it with Matrix Energetics super charges results in an amazing way.
Quality of Life Management 101
Chronic just means something has been going on for a while or it hasn’t changed in a positive way for a while. Chronic says nothing about the potential for healing and shifts in the condition.
At Visualize Health we see so many people who are healing and recovering from a wide variety of conditions, previously considered chronic or degenerative.
Many chronic conditions can be improved by simple changes to healthy lifestyle habits such as visualization, exercising, eating better, managing your stress/anxiety, losing weight and attaining freedom from addictions.
The personal health coaches at Visualize Health work with individuals who have a diagnosis of diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or other chronic issues such as arthritis, back pain, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, Celiac disease and more.
Motivation and Performance
“Organizations have learned that highly motivated and fulfilled employees at all levels produce high-performance results for the organization.” Laura Whitworth (2007) in Co-active coaching: new skills for coaching people toward success in work and life.
Our body can be thought of on some level as a large organization of cells. When each cell is highly motivated, fulfilled and in high performance mode, results for the individual person can be a remarkable quality of life. At Visualize Health, we use health coaching principles all the way from a look at relationships at the team or business organization level to a look at health on a cellular level, working always with the individual person and their needs.
The Coaching Relationship
Coaching is a form of conversation, a dialogue between the coach and client or organizational team with qualities including respect, openness, compassion, empathy, and a rigorous commitment to speaking the truth.
Coaching is not about solving problems, although problems will be solved. It is not primarily about improving performance, attaining goals, or achieving results, although all of that will certainty happen in an effective coaching relationship.
Coaching is chiefly about discovery, awareness, and choice. It is a way of effectively empowering you to find your own answers, encouraging and supporting you on the path as you continue to make important choices.
Questions and Answers
Questions and Answers come from the you, from you inner wisdom, the power of your mind and subconscious. The coach does not deliver answers. The coach asks questions, inviting discovery. The client may never have sought the answer before the coach asks the question - the question creates the channel for self-discovery - but the answer is already there for you.
Clients are more resourceful, more effective, and generally more satisfied when they come up with their own solutions. And because they choose the solution, they are more likely to follow through with action. When what they need really is expert advice, they will have motivation to find that, too.
Your coach at Visualize Health is someone who listens to the very best in others, even when they can't hear it in themselves. A coach is someone who cares that people create what they say they want, that they follow through when they choose. The coach is there to hold people accountable and keep them moving forward toward their dreams and goals.
Impact of Visualizing Health
If you answered yes to any of the questions above, Visualize Health can have a positive impact on your situation. Working with your own personal health coach will help you achieve the healthy lifestyle changes to significantly impact your ability to recovery from symptoms.
Our goal at Visualize Health goal is to help you begin and maintain new healthy way of functioning which will improve the quality of your life. All along the way, your coach supports, encourages, challenges and motivates you.
Introducing Your Health Coach: Kimberly Burnham
I look forward to working with you and learning about your health needs and goals. Please feel free to contact me via email with any questions you may have. I'm here to support you in your effort to create the life you desire.
I have a diverse educational background which has allowed me to see as the Japanese say, “there many ways to get to the top of Mount Fuji.” I completed my PhD in Integrative Medicine in 2006 on "The Effect of Integrative Manual Therapy on the Symptom’s of Parkinson's Disease." and have done substantial research into the benefits of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) enabling me to understand the health concerns of my clients and work as part of a health care team, when desired, communicating effectively with my client as well as their health care providers.
In 1993, I graduated Sutherland-Chan Massage Therapy School in Toronto, Canada. An excellent education there prepared me for a move into the health care field. I also spent 5 years studying at the Canadian College of Osteopathy, which helped me each individual person in a holistic way. My training in cranial work, energy medicine, Brain Stimulating Method, Listening with the Whole Body, Clinical Hypnotherapy, and Non-Violent Communication has developed my ability to listen to the client and perceive shifts as they progress towards their goals.
I have been in private practice using Integrative Medicine, Manual Therapy, Matrix Energetics and Health Coaching for the last two years in West Hartford, CT as well as consulting in a number of physical therapy clinics across the country. Before that as the Director of Knowledge Management at the Center for Integrative Manual Therapy, I answered questions for clients, students and the general public about what non-surgery and non-medication related therapies can do for healing and health. Two of my favorite quotes around the potential of an integrative approach to health and consciousness are, "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." Arthur C Clarke, Science Fiction Writer and "Magic is the art of causing changes in consciousness at will" Dion Fortune.
My global perspective on health and good living is the result of growing up in Colombia and in Belgium and later teaching English and studying shiatsu in Japan. My favorite place in all the world to Scuba dive is the Red Sea off the coast of the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt. I agree with Albert Einstein that , “the most important decision we make is whether we believe we live in a friendly or hostile universe.." My world view is that we live in an abundant universe supportive of each of us having quality of life.
I currently live in West Hartford, CT with my partner and enjoy traveling, most recently working in Germany and touring Turkey, where I visited a memorial to Rumi, one of my favorite poets who said, "There is a field out beyond right and wrong. I will meet you there.".
I practice Tibetan meditation, Wisdom Healing Qigong and love growing fruits and vegetables in my garden. These activities center and calm me, allowing me to be more present for my clients. They also empowers me to change and reach my personal goals. As Richard Bartlett, developer of Matrix Energetics says, "Change now, while you still can. Change now because you can, change now because it is the right thing to do. Change now because there is no right, no left, no time left, no space left. Only you. Change"