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Health Coaching

Don’t deprive yourself of the good things in life! Let me help you to stop procrastinating and take easy, sustainable steps towards a healthier, fitter you.

Health Coaching can help you break bad habits and stick with the healthy ones you crave.

It's Pretty Obvious!

We’ve all been bombarded in recent years with the news that our unhealthy lifestyles are slowly killing us. The solution sounds so simple, but changing your lifestyle and sticking to it can be very hard…

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How many times have you made new years resolutions to eat more healthily or do more exercise? We all have good intensions but it is very easy to be distracted when life becomes busy.

This is how a Health Coach can help

As your Health Coach I’ll not only take you through a process of setting your goals, but I’ll also use carefull questioning to understand exactly what you’ve tried in the past and why you’ve not been successful. We’ll identify the obstacles that have previously derailed you and work out contingency plans to bulletproof you for the future.

We’ll review your progress on a regular basis and celebrate your successes! If for some reason you’ve not been able to complete your actions, we’ll look at what got in the way and work out ways around it. The coaching environment is 100% judgement free and my sole focus is to help you find the best path for you.

Free Intro Call

I recommend that you book a free introductory call before you book any coaching sessions. Coaching is not the right course for everyone and not everyone can be coached. The aim of the call is to introduce you to the coaching process, explain what coaching is and importantly what it isn’t. You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have.

You will not be asked to commit to any sessions during or after the call. I will send you an information pack after the call that you can look through in your own time.

Your health is the sum of everything you are and do.

It All Adds Up

Your health is impacted by much more than just nutrition and exercise. Your work, stress, sleep, friends etc. all have an effect…

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Health Coaching Keeps Things Simple

I’ll help you explore and prioratise all the aspects that you feel is important for your health. We’ll identify your main goal and then break that up into smaller sub-goals or stepping stones that are easy to achieve.

The aim is always to find the simplest and easiest way forward that fits in with your life and priorities. Health Coaching can help you bridge the gap between where you are now and where you want to be, quicker than if you were trying it on your own.

First step: Free Into Call

I recommend that you book a free introductory call before you book any coaching sessions. Coaching is not the right course for everyone and not everyone can be coached. The aim of the call is to introduce you to the coaching process, explain what coaching is and importantly what it isn’t. You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have.

You will not be asked to commit to any sessions during or after the call. I will send you an information pack after the call that you can look through in your own time.

Health coaching is not about telling you what to do.

I Don't Preach

Health coaching is not about telling people what to do. I’ll support you to come up with a plan that fits around your life…

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You’re The Expert!

No-one knows your life and what will and won’t work better than yourself. The coaching philosophy works from the premise that the client possesses all the resources and creativity within themselves to elicit their own solution. My task as your Health Coach is to gently challenge and encourage you in order to help you think of solutions that you may not have considered otherwise.

You always get to decide which actions you want to complete and you set your own deadlines. You are ultimately responsible for your own success, but your coach will support you all the way.

Book A Free Call

It is important that you book a free call before you book any coaching sessions. The purpose of these calls are to make sure that you understand what you can expect from a coaching session and also to determine if you are ready to be coached. I cannot help anyone who has not yet made the descision to want to take action. It will also allow you to decide if I’m the right coach for you.

You will not be asked to commit to any sessions during or after the call. I will send you an information pack after the call that you can look through in your own time.

Reaseach has shown that health coaching is effective

Research Backed

Research has shown that Health Coaching can help people successfully implement lifestyle changes and improve their health…

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“In this study, 276 employees at a medical center self-selected to participate in either a 3-month health coaching intervention or control group. The treatment group showed significant improvement in both SF-12 physical (p = .035) and mental (p = .0001) health status compared to controls.”Butterworth et al. (2006)

“Compared with non-participants, programme participants improved their self-efficacy (P = 0.01), patient activation (P = 0.02), lifestyle change score (P = 0.01) and perceived health status (P = 0.03).”Linden et al. (2010)

“Improvements in the coaching group alone were also observed for self-reported adherence, exercise frequency, stress, and perceived health status. Coaching participants with elevated baseline A1C (≥7%) significantly reduced their A1C.” – Wolever et al. (2010)

“Results from a pilot study on type 1 diabetes patients are presented. This preliminary evidence suggests that the program is feasible, acceptable to a large majority of patients, and effective in reducing HbA1c levels.”Sacco et al. (2004)

Book A Free Call

Please feel free to book a free call to discuss this further. It is important that you understand what you can expect from a coaching session and also to determine if you are ready to be coached before you book a coaching session. I cannot help anyone who has not yet made the descision to want to take action. It will also allow you to decide if I’m the right coach for you.

“I found the coaching sessions with Maryke invaluable. I have spent a number of years procrastinating about my weight, but never finding the motivation to challenge myself. The coaching sessions have proven to be inspirational to fire me to challenge myself to do the life changes required to lose weight and get fitter. The questions directed by Maryke stay with me, and I often find myself using the same questions on myself to prevent me stopping or quitting.”

– Hannah Cowley, UK

How To Get Started

Step 1: Book A Free Call

The aim of this call is to find out if health coaching is right for you. I will discuss the coaching process in more detail and you’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have. It will also help you to decide if my approach suits you. The coaching process requires you to work very closely with your coach and let’s face it, not all of our personalities work well together!

You will not be asked to commit to any sessions during or after the call. I will send you an information pack after the call that you can look through in your own time.

Step 2: Book Your First Coaching Session

If you decide that Health Coaching is the right way for you to take charge of your health, you can either book single coaching sessions or buy a bundle deal through the website.

Maryke is an experienced sports physiotherapist who provides online diagnosis and treatment. She is also a health and diabetes coach.

Meet Your Health Coach

I’ve been helping people improve their health since I qualified as a physiotherapist in 2003. I’m passionate about helping others reach their full potential and enjoy life with their families and friends. Life is for living, but having healthy bodies makes it so much more fun!

People look at me and think “She looks healthy. Life must be easy.” But I also struggle with making healthy choices every day. I have a wonky gene that means my cholesterol is naturally high and lives at 9.8. My digestive system also retaliates whenever I indulge in some of my favourite things like red wine, chocolate, biscuits, pasta, bread and coffee. So I’m no stranger to the challenges that lifestyle changes bring.

There is no one size fits all approach to healthy living. Every person’s body has different requirements, we enjoy different things and our lives brings different challenges. My job as your coach is to help you find your own way to a healthier you!

“…Maryke Louw’s skills lie not only in intelligent use of her knowledge of physiotherapy but also in her unwavering cheerful disposition, thoughtfulness, dedication and determination to encourage and lift the spirits of her patients…” – J. Considine

I’m also registered with the International Coach Federation which strives to ensure that their members provide high quality coaching.

FAQ

Coaching is not about giving advice or telling people what they should be doing. This may sound strange, but think back to how many times in the past people have asked your advice just to turn around and do something totally different. This is because only the person who is in that situation truly knows all the different aspects or players that need to be considered for an ideal solution.

Your health coach uses a carefully thought out questioning process to help you identify what is important for YOU to achieve in your health. It is not about what we think you SHOULD be achieving. Once you’ve established what health goals will make you happy, they then help you look at what has stopped you from achieving these goals in the past and how you can overcome these barriers to be successful.

The coaching philosophy works from the premise that the client possesses all the resources and creativity within themselves to elicit their own solution. The coach’s task is to gently challenge and encourage you in order to help you think of solutions that you may not have considered otherwise.

How many times have you set yourself goals in the past to eat more healthily or maybe move more or go to bed before 11pm etc.? How many times have you found yourself default back to bad habits despite really wanting to change?

This is where your Health Coach can help. Your coach will help you stay focussed and will encourage and challenge you to hold yourself accountable. Their encouragement and motivation will help you bridge the gap between where you are now to where you want to be in the future.

The coaching relationship is 100% confidential and non-judgemental and empowers you to take confident focussed steps towards your ideal health.

You won’t truly know until you’ve tried it, but you can book a free call with Maryke to find out more about the process and how it can benefit you. Look at the following questions:

  • Do you want to improve your health?
  • Have you known that you want to make changes to your lifestyle for a while, but appear to be stuck in a rut?
  • Does the gap between where you are at the moment and where you want to be health-wise look enormous and overwhelming?

If you answered yes to any of the above, you will very likely benefit from having a Health Coach.

This will depend on the size of your goal. I usually find that between 4 to 6 sessions, at 2 weekly intervals are enough for people to attain short term goals. Larger goals may require longer term support.

The important thing is that you are always in charge of the sessions and that you can decide how often you want to be coached.

Yes, coaching over the phone works just as well. I find that it often helps to focus one’s attention and allows for deep listening as it eliminates all visual distractions.

Coaching sessions are 100% confidential and nothing that is said during a session will ever be disclosed unless it is required by law.

  • Not about me making any judgements on our conversations.
  • Not about me giving you any advice or suggestions during the sessions. You are responsible for creating your own results.
  • We do not delve into the past or deal with psychological issues or serious addictions. Coaching is in no way to be construed as psychological counselling or any type of therapy.

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You can book a free 30min call with Maryke to discuss the coaching process and find out if it is right for you.