This month, we are honored to have Marie Ligorria as our Featured Health Coach. Here’s what she had to say about her health coaching school experience and what her experiences have been with getting started in this profession.
How did you first get interested in the idea of health coaching? To be completely honest once God healed me of my sickness over 4 years ago I wanted to share all He had done and taught me to get well using real whole foods, natural supplements, and essential oils. I was led to so much powerful information and I wanted to share it right away. I had already started doing this act of coaching without ever considering getting paid.
Did you leave a profession behind to pursue health coaching?
I did not leave another profession to health coach. One important reason I chose health coaching was for flexibility. At the time, I was a recent single homeschooling mother. I continue to homeschool my children.
Which school did you attend, and why did you select that program?
One day a close girlfriend shared The Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) with me. She said that a friend of her’s had graduated, was sharing her passion of health and wellness, and that I should consider it. I put it off and made excuses out of fear for a long time.
What is your opinion of the quality of the program, length of study, etc.?
The quality of the program is top notch. I’m very proud to have attended and to be a part of IIN. I believe it is very well done through the 6 month health and nutritional training along with the additional 6 months of business training.
Do you have other thoughts about the school you chose that you’d like to share?
One of my favorite parts of IIN is that the school is anti-dogmatic with dietary theories. The program stressed the individuality within people.
Have you chosen a target market? If not, what are you leaning towards?
My target market is mostly women with gut health issues in addition to over all health and nutrition.
Is health coaching all that you thought it could be? Why or why not?
Truthfully, it is amazing. The ability to be able to be used and touch somebody’s life this intimately is incredible, such a gift! I’ve gotten very close to my clients in a professional fashion, nonetheless they really place their trust in me. I take it upon myself as a huge responsibility.
Any final thoughts you’d like to share about choosing this career path?
This career path is extremely rewarding, time consuming, and causes you to really reflect on your practices. It forces me to be accountable and trustworthy when it comes to caring for myself. Often times we put our health on the back burner, but coaching forces me to practice what I preach, it’s great!
Marie A. Ligorria
Kingdom Health, LLC