What is ‘Restless Legs’?
Restless Legs is best described as an uncontrollable, strong urge to move your legs. You feel the need to move your legs, mostly when you are trying to relax, causing difficulties in sleep. Restless Legs, also known as Restless Legs Syndrome, or RLS, could give you unpleasant sensations in your legs, that occur mostly at bedtime. These sensations usually only feel better when you move your legs. You feel very uncomfortable and feel worse unless you move your legs. When the disorder is severe, you also may have the urge to move your arms, but that only happens in rare cases.
Many different symptoms have been described by people suffering from RLS, such as:
- leg pain
These symptoms will start or get worse when you’re inactive, or in the evening. The urge to move increases when you’re sitting still or lying down and resting. Restless leg syndrome usually begins slowly. Over time, the legs become more affected.
Many times as coaches, trainers and instructors we give our clients the “how to” instructions on proper exercise technique, and offer positive encouragement to them along the way only to find that they somehow hit a wall and lose motivation for one or many different reasons. When this happens it definitely slows their progression and if not corrected can have many negative effects.
The social component to wellness is one of the more significant parts of your client’s profile that is most directly under the influence of behavior and personality. In this dimension of wellness, your client takes a direct part in how they shape their world and how they manage lifestyle factors, such as interpersonal communications, meaningful relationships and important friendships for themselves. In doing so, they build wellness into their lifestyle.
For your client, social wellness includes those supportive, intimate relationships, as well as fostering a general connection with everyone within their social group. It’s also about learning how to balance social living with personal life pursuits.
Your clients will come to you, as a wellness coach, for various reasons. Maybe the client has come to realize that they need and want to start new fitness, wellness, or health related behaviors. Usually, this type of client is very committed to the process. But as we already know, making changes to fitness, wellness or overall health can be challenging for the client. If your client felt that they could be successful on their own, they would probably not be looking for you to help them, or the client may have already been successful making changes and sustaining them.
Emerging research has demonstrated that behavior change is typically seen to be done in what is known as stages. In general, your clients will be in different stages, anywhere from having not even thought about changing behaviors, on through to the stage of trying to maintain a certain behavior. This process also includes thinking about making a change, making plans to change, and using our vision to try different ways to make behavior change work.
It is one thing to know of the transtheoretical model and to appreciate the history of its incorporation in the field of wellness coaching and behavior change. It is another to practically apply these concepts to your client.
Again, your clients are looking for you to connect their positive core, their strengths, attitudes, values and resources for learning and growth to their efforts related to behavior change. Doing so will help the client to maintain a positive relationship to the idea of changing their behavior. Since behavior change is known to be difficult, it is best to remind your client that this is a normal feeling, for them to step outside of what they are comfortable with while seeking to make an important, conscious effort at change.
Bodyways (sometimes called Bodyworks or similar) can be one way for your client to benefit from an often-overlooked method to improve their holistic health. By definition, Bodyways are used in alternative medicine to describe any therapeutic or personal development technique that involves working with the human body in a form involving manipulative therapy, breath work, or energy medicine. In addition bodywork techniques aim to assess or improve posture, promote awareness of the “mind-body connection”, or to manipulate a putative “energy field” surrounding the human body and affecting health.
According to a study done in Great Brittan several years ago – 93% of our communication is non-verbal. The actual words are only 7% of the communication! So, while our words can be powerful, it’s the non-verbal physical movements, facial expressions, and voice modulations which convey the actual “meaning” or interpretation to our audience, clients, students and relationships.
This is a pretty amazing statement. In our years in the academic system we spend semesters, even years studying, spelling, vocabulary, sentence structure, grammar and such. To my knowledge there is not one class given in non-verbal communication!
Do you know how to successfully go about making a decision? As a coach this is a crucial strategy to have in your tool box as you will need to guide your clients and students in becoming proactive and making good decisions for themselves. Fortunately, there is a step-by-step strategy that will bring clarity and satisfaction in making a decision, no matter how insignificant or how monumental the decision may be.
Before you begin, it is essential to be clear on your goal or results wanted and being able to clearly describe what the results will look like, sound like and be like – in other words, what is the evidence that will let you know you are being successful? Create a timeline for when you want to accomplish the goal or task, and consider who else might be involved. Be able to describe or give evidence of how your life will be different when the goal is achieved. These bigger benefits become part of your motivation strategy that will keep you going even if the going gets tough!
There are four major phases in any effective decision process – become a good detective and evaluator so that you are making clear decisions easily and quickly that bring you and your clients win-win results!
Coaching clients who have had weight loss surgery can be challenging and VERY rewarding! Many clients are unable to use a gym initially because their weight is too high to use commercial gym equipment. They may also be hesitant to go to the gym because of the stares and the social stigma that surrounds obesity. Many of these clients have tried and failed at many previous attempts with weight loss and exercise. They need encouragement and must feel confident that they are not being judged. These clients are best worked with in their homes or if they are comfortable, in a local park that has a flat, paved walking surface. So many of these clients have never exercised beyond walking and do not have even basic knowledge of kinesiology. This demographic will be starting at ground zero.
Starting a Pilot Program
As a corporate wellness coach, some workplaces are going to give you a lot of resistance. No matter how much you try to convince them that wellness should be a part of their culture, employees would often rather live their own lives without any intervention – especially by the place that they work.