Would love opinions? New age-y wellness, self esteem and wt. loss...

  1. Hi all -

    I've been talking to some people and have this idea in my head that I would love to get some feedback on.

    I'd like to offer a wellness center (starting off with space in an existing business) geared towards overweight and obese folks. Mostly, I see this as a support and a place where people can get information without being shamed.

    I would offer classes like yoga, chair exercise, walking, meditation/guided imagery - and also provide basic information about heart health, DM, HTN. Of course, there would be information about diet (not dietS) and activity. I would have weekly weigh ins and one on one support that is positive and affirming.

    My street cred - I have a couple of degrees (one in psyc) and am an RN (though I work with peds.) Mostly, though, I am 5'2" and weighed around 200 pounds two years. I'm now a healthy weight with two kids and generally a very happy person. I think weight has such a huge spiritual and psychological component that is rarely acknowledged, let alone addressed. My husband is a cardiovascular specialist, paramedic, working on his RN - and he would help with all this.

    I'm also a big community networker - and plan on affiliating with some awesome therapists, certified trainers, RDs and health care providers (?) so that each person has a sort of personalized path that they can follow.

    This is very early, but I'd love to hear any thoughts. Crazy idea?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. 22 Comments

  3. by   nurturing_angel
    I love this idea. I have a similar dream of offering the same type of services to pregnant women and postpartum or lactating women. It would be a lot of work but I think well worth it.
    Good luck with this. Let me know how it goes!

  4. by   magnolia nurse
    so what did you do, sounds great, I am also interested in wellness and holistic health.. do you have a plan?
  5. by   healthcoach
    I'm new to this sight. I've been working as a paid wellness nurse for 6 years. My plan is to train nurses to be health coaches. Let me know what you think. thanks Debbie
    Last edit by sirI on Jul 24, '08
  6. by   marnacla
    There are NO crazy ideas. If you LOVE it, DO it!
  7. by   aprilr
    I think it sounds like a great idea! It is great to see people that make new paths in nursing especially to help others. I think that your idea would go over well. Good luck to you!
  8. by   monikee31
    Quote from aprilr
    I think it sounds like a great idea! It is great to see people that make new paths in nursing especially to help others. I think that your idea would go over well. Good luck to you!
    Your ideas are great, and it is an inspiration as well. keep us posted. I would love to network with you guys, us nurses can make a wealth of difference nursing.
  9. by   nanacarol
    Healthcoach, Just what do you teach? Have you been successful? And what are your credentials? I am interested in establishing a health coaching business as well. nanacarol
  10. by   RedcarRN
    I have worked ER for years, just got my certification as clinical hypnotherapist and I'm going to start my own business.
    I also want to teach meditation.
    If people could just have the opportunity to get in touch with who they REALLY are, they'd see how totally amazing they are.
    Can't beat that:-)
    Good luck to all of you!
  11. by   nanacarol
    RedcarRN, great for you. I would love to start my business as a health/wellness coach. My hesitation is related to the economy and living in an area where money is tight. What do you think? Nanacarol
  12. by   nanacarol
    Kristenncrn, Your idea is awesome. Go for it. Sounds as though you have your husband"s support and with his credentials a great resource. Nanacarol
  13. by   RedcarRN
    Would it be possible for you to also coach people via email so your reach would be limitless?
    I believe that if you are doing something that you have a true passion for, then things will fall into place, you just have to keep moving forward.
    What would you advise someone in your situation? I suspect you already have all the answers you need, or know how to get them:-)
    I wish you sucsess:-)
  14. by   mharrah
    I have been working for a wellness company for one year. My title is RN phone coach. I work with high risk clients over the phone. I really love this job, and it is very low stress in my opinion compared to other nursing positions. I love the concept as well. Disease management and prevention provided by wellness companies will hopefully prove to decrease hospital admissions and decrease workload of already overworked floor nurses. There wasn't much training for this position as I am the only RN here and the only one that deals with the high risk clients. I had to sort of teach myself and find techniques for getting these people to open up and talk about their health. It is still challenging at times, so I think training for this specific position is needed.

    I also love the people I work with. I would say 95% of us at the company strive to be healthy and we all have a positive influence on each other.

    I have thought about doing wellness on my own. But I have a stable job and good money, so it would be a huge risk to try to go out on my own. And I'm trying to figure out if I could combine a wellness clinic with my experience in skin care (peels, microderm, cosmeceuticals which I do on the side)....a health and beauty spa maybe, but I don't know if those two things combined would fly.

    It's nice to hear from others in the wellness area! Feel free to send me a message if you would like.