The use of wearables is a hot topic in the insomnia community. Some coaches love them, and others hate them.
To me, whether or not a tracker (Sleep, HRV, Heart Rate, etc) is appropriate depends on the client, where they are in their progress and their attitude towards their tracker (it's nice to check in and get feedback but obsessive checking is never healthy!)
Personally, I go off and on tracking my own stats based on where my sleep and mental attitude is at the moment (is it currently a healthy or stressful relationship with my device?)
At this time, the tracker I use the most is Oura for my overnight sleep stats.
Please know that appointment slots are limited. That means that any slot you reserve is no longer available to someone else who needs it, because of this I ask that you be respectful and cancel any unnecessary appointments at least 24 hours in advance, so that the slot may be offered to someone else in need. Failure to do so will result in you forfeiting the session and it will be removed from your session package. If you have not paid in advance you will be charged for late cancelations.
I understand that life happens. If there is an emergency and you are unable to give 24 hours notice, please email me to discuss and rebook.
Is Treatment Drug Free?
YES! As a holistic health provider, I am not licensed to prescribe any medication. Recommendations are all natural, behavior and lifestyle based only.
How Frequent Are Sessions?
Implementing lasting change takes time. Due to this I recommend meeting every 2 weeks (if you selected the gold or platinum mebership level) with unlimited secure messaging and email in between.
Full refunds are offered for the first 10 days following your initial enrollment.
Memberships are charged on a month to month basis and you may choose to cancel at anytime.
Do You Offer Sleep Coaching for Children?
Not at this time
What if Coaching Doesn't Work for Me?
Unfortunately, there is no intervention that works universally, everyone is different.
In my experience, if you are dedicated to implementing changes, you will notice definite improvement in the long term.
What I can guarantee is:
To Do My Utmost to Provide Effective Health Plans and Enact Positive Change
Respond as Quickly as Possible to Any Communication
Listen Carefully and Formulate Protocols According to Your Unique Needs
Be as Flexible as Possible to Fit Your Schedule
Make Recommendations Clear and Easy to Follow
Provide Guidance, Motivation and Support Every Step of the Way
Is the Vital Rest Program Right for Me?
If you are struggling and would like to enjoy restful sleep, less stress, more energy, and less body pain along with increased performance (in sports and/ or life) and you are willing to implement changes, then coaching could be very beneficial for you.
Unfortunately, I can't prescribe a magic pill but I can show you well researched, effective techniques that will work over time if you are open and willing to implement them on a regular basis.
Can You Help With Restless Leg Syndrome?
Yes. Together we can explore different therapeutic and nutritional interventions to help support your treatment and decrease symptoms
Where are Your Services Available?
Luckily, I am able to work world wide via video conferencing, telephone, secure messaging and email
Shouldn't Sleep Problems Be Handled By Medical Professionals?
As with most things it depends on the underlying etiology (causative factor). I always encourage clients to consult their primary doctor and am happy to work with any existing protocol already in place.
That said, many sleep problems are behavioral and can be contributed to lifestyle and stress. Working to change mindset, overcome fears and rebalance the nervous system works wonders for most sleep conditions.
What is Conscious Connected Breathwork?
Conscious Connected Breathwork uses a core practice of conscious connected breathing.
This causes shifts in our physiology and allows us to explore altered states of consciousness.
Conscious Connected Breathing allows deep awareness of self and our connection with self, others, and nature to develop, providing the groundwork for profound personal development.
A variety of Conscious Connected Breathwork schools have evolved from Rebirthing, each combining a unique set of additional healing modalities with the core breathing practice.
The addition of modalities including; sound, bodywork, water, affirmations and coaching has developed these practices into a powerful psychotherapeutic approach.
Techniques include: Rebirthing, Holotropic Breathwork, Integrative Breathwork, Shamanic Breathwork, Transformational Breath®, Clarity Breathwork and many more.
Yes. While it is important to work with and consult your doctor regarding these medical conditions, specific breathing exercises, along with diet and lifestyle modifications can be effective in helping with these conditions in the long term.
We can also work on techniques to help you become more comfortable using your CPAP machine and increase its effectiveness.
What is Embodied Breathwork?
Embodied breathwork is a trauma-informed, embodied, and shamanic approach to working with breathing practices and the therapeutic power of conscious connected breathing.
It combines Rebirthing Breathwork, Movement Medicine, Mindfulness and Coaching in a unique way that works to heal the past, release limiting beliefs, and support access to your intuition, allowing you to heal yourself and connect with your life purpose.
From this place, you can see and experience the world from a different perspective which helps you to make fresh choices that are aligned with your ultimate happiness and wellbeing.
How Long Will This Take to Work?
Everyone is different and remission is not a steady path (often conditions will improve, worsen, and improve again) plus it really depends on WHAT we are working on. For example, the average course of CBTi is 8 wks, in-depth knowledge of breathwork and mindfulness can take months to years and habit change has been shown to take approx 63 days.
What is CBT-i (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia) ?
"CBT-I focuses on exploring the connection between the way we think, the things we do, and how we sleep. During treatment, a trained CBT-I provider helps to identify thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that are contributing to the symptoms of insomnia.
Thoughts and feelings about sleep are examined and tested to see if they’re accurate, while behaviors are examined to determine if they promote sleep. A provider will then clarify or reframe misconceptions and challenges in a way that is more conducive to restful sleep." ~ Sleep Foundation
What is ACT-i (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Insomnia)?
"Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) offers a unique and gentle non-drug based approach to overcoming chronic insomnia. It seeks to increase people’s willingness to experience the conditioned physiological and psychological discomfort commonly associated with not sleeping. Such acceptance paradoxically acts to lessen the brains level of nocturnal arousal, thus encouraging a state of rest and sleepiness, rather than struggle and wakefulness. Additional focus on valued driven behaviour also acts to avert unhelpful patterns of experiential avoidance and promote the ideal safe environment from which good quality sleep can emerge. The application and merits for using ACT approaches such as acceptance and willingness, mindfulness and defusion and values and committed action for the treatment of chronic insomnia are discussed and compared to the traditional cognitive behavioural strategies." ~ Dr Guy Meadows
What if I Have Already Tried Breathwork/ Relaxation/ Mindfulness and It Didn't Work?
Firstly, I would never force anyone to do anything they don't want to do or see value in. Different things work for different people and it is important meet people where they are and allow clients to work through things their own unique way.
Also, this is actually a much bigger question than it seems, and it will take some exploration during our sessions to come to any meaningful conclusions.
While I can't offer a concrete answer as to why it didn't work for you personally, I can say that intention is often at the heart of the issue. Many people practice different breathwork/ mindfulness techniques WITH THE INTENTION TO SLEEP and when they don't get immediate results, they decide it doesn't work or maybe they keep practicing (struggling) using these practices to try and force sleep. In time these practices actually become correlated in the mind with insomnia and doing them in this way can make insomnia worse.
As you will learn, when it comes to insomnia, intention is of vital importance. All relaxation techniques should only be practiced with the intention to relax, which is a long-term strategy akin to weight lifting to build muscle. Trying to use them as anything else limits their effectiveness and can lead to increased insomnia.
What to Expect
After you choose your purchase option and check out you will receive an introductory email with relevant links. You can then create your login and access your purchases in your account session.
Sleep course lessons are released daily for the first 30 days.
If your package includes 1 to 1 video/ phone coaching then you will be able to access the online calendar to book your sessions.
If you have any problems please feel free to reach out.
Do I have to Meditate?
Not if you don't want to! We all have different ways we relax. While we all need time out, this can look different for everyone. The important thing is that you enjoy your downtime and it's something you are able to fit into your life.
What is the Role of a Coach?
"Health & wellness coaches display unconditional positive regard for their clients and a belief in their ability to change, honoring the fact that each client is an expert on their own life while ensuring that all interactions are respectful and non-judgmental" ~ NBHWC
A good coach's only agenda is to listen to and support their clients. We do not demand change or force cookie cutter solutions, many of which are ineffective or impractical.
Together we will work to discover what is the best solution for you and how to easily implement this solution in your life.
How Are Sessions Individualized?
Each and every session is completely about you. Why you might be feeling stress or not sleeping, ideas that may be holding you back, how to resolve these problems and the best way to fit the solutions into your life.
Education is a key piece of sleep coaching as misinformation often exacerbates the problem and makes insomnia worse.
What is Sleep, Stress Management and Recovery Coaching?
Sleep, Stress Management and Recovery Coaching is a specific niche of Health and Wellness Coaching that focuses on modulating the stress response in order to promote sleep, relaxation and recovery. This leads to improved athletic performance, health, and quality of life.
Science backed cognitive techniques, breathwork, mindfulness, healthy habit formation and various relaxation activities are used to curate individual programs that take into account client's needs, tastes and lifestyle choices.
How Do I Cancel My Subscription?
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