Frequently Ask Questions
What should I look for in a Health Coach?
I have always been a big believer in two things: One, wellness practitioners should walk their talk. You learn best from someone who is deeply involved in the practices she is teaching you. Second, it is important to avoid a practitioner who is on a soap box, or is some zealot or extremist. Instead, it is best to work with someone who can customize a plan that is unique to you, and who can listen without judging or making strict rules that you can’t follow, will help you achieve your goals more easily.
Why a Twelve-Session Program?
Your body needs time to heal and become whole. Your life needs time to become balanced and harmonious. In order to ensure the most dramatic and – most importantly – lasting results, what you learn and who you become marinate over approximately six months. You can’t learn yoga in one week. You can’t learn piano in one week. Being healthy is a daily practice. You need to overcome perfectionism and learn to navigate over setbacks. By getting feedback based on your own unique discoveries and victories, you will be equipped to go back into your life and continue to practice. Mastery comes over time, which is why so many of my clients re-up their twelve-session coaching program. They learn that there are many layers to becoming well. They enjoy the focus, the support, and continuing to evolve.
What if I have tried to lose weight and get healthy in the past, but it did not work?
Two of my clients told me that the difference now – when they are getting lasting results, versus in the past – when they quit frustrated and resigned to not achieve their goals – is that working with a coach helps them get way more in touch with their purpose in being well, versus merely following some diet. When you discover your most compelling, personal reason to love how you look and feel, it is astonishing how many obstacles you can overcome. Imagine a gentle hand on your back guiding and encouraging you. This makes all the difference in the world. Plus, you will not be asked to do anything weird, gimmicky, or trendy. Just healthy practices that will help you feel so good, you will want to continue.
Why did you become a Health Coach?
When I was only 19 years old, I began studying yoga and body therapy, and fairly quickly began teaching both. It was a glorious, lucrative, and profoundly rewarding career. In 1999, I stumbled across nutrition. At that time, I was still lugging around several very serious health issues. That all began to change rapidly as I focused on my food choices, better nutrition, and creating more peace and harmony in my life. The freer I became from the restraints of poor health, and the more I discovered ways to live with vitality, the more I wanted to help others. Simply, this inspired me to gradually switch from one form of wellness practice to a new way of serving others to live with more peace, confidence, happiness, and confidence in their own bodies. I fell in love with nutrition and I discovered an insatiable desire to lead and inspire people in a different way.
What makes your approach unique as a Health Coach?
Three things. First, prior to becoming a Health Coach I taught yoga and body therapy and practiced Rolfing for several decades. This gives me a wealth of experience having served an enormous diversity of clients and students. Next, my training has been extensive. With four advanced certifications under my belt, my eclectic approach enables me to meet my clients where they are. There is no one-size- fits-all in getting and staying healthy. Having been trained in over 100 dietary theories plus coaching strategies, I am able to help my clients find a path that works for them. And last, having struggled in the past with serious health issues and a raging and debilitating eating disorder, my complete recovery enables me to relate to my clients’ struggles. As a result, I bring compassion, zero judgement, and an enormous passion to help others achieve their desire to become whole and well.
Why is your methodology so effective?
You need time to heal and mend if your body, your life, and your health are not where you want them to be. When you are encouraged to start from exactly where you are, to take incremental changes, and to notice every victory along the way, you will want to move forward and continue on the path. Every positive change is significant and they add up. Your radiant vitality is invariably the result of a variety of adjustments you will be led to make. Since you will be prepared for setbacks, and since we work together over time, you will be able to evolve to a higher, sustainable level of health and wellness. By setting expectations that are realistic, and by building on each breakthrough, you will learn to look forward with confidence and enthusiasm.
What about Supplements?
Although my clients are not required to take nutritional supplements or use meal replacements, many elect to because they like the results. My nutritional partner is a registered FDA facility called USANA Health Sciences. For those looking to “up” their health game and “down” their weight, quality supplements and balanced protein shakes can make a world of difference. I use the USANA products daily since 1999 and have experienced massive benefit. For my clients who want to know more, I show them the difference that these products can make.
What are the downsides of Health Coaching?
For someone who is not ready or interested in increasing her or his vitality, or living with far greater risk for disease, Health Coaching is not the right choice. It is problematic to work with someone who is more interested in staying where they are than in making improvements. The desire to become well comes from inside of you. If that desire is not there, than Health Coaching is probably not going to be a good fit.
What Clients and Students Say about Working with Rosie:
“Rosie understands all the different components of weight loss. She is trustworthy and consistently follows through. She offers a unique blend of expertise and humbleness.” Liz Lyster, MD
“Rosie possesses a powerful combination of four vital qualities that make her an exceptional coach–a wealth of cutting-edge knowledge about nutrition and health, psychological savvy, uncanny intuition, and a deep and genuine caring for her clients. I am so grateful for her on-going support and whole-heartedly recommend her!” Gwen Fuller, Artist
“I tried several diets and failed at all of them. Then I met Rosie Bank. She gets true pleasure in helping others achieving their goals. For the first time in my life I am successful in accomplishing my diet and health goals.” Valerie St.Michel