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Robin Treasure | Brand Photos + Interview About Her Work as a Wellness Coach

Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do in the world.

I have my own coaching practice as a Wellness Strategist. I grew up in New Mexico but since then I’ve lived in Boston, Rome, Dubai, and the San Francisco Bay Area, where I currently live with my husband and our 6-year-old daughter.

How did you become a wellness coach?

I’ve always enjoyed connecting with people, and I’ve always had an innate desire to help others, even if it was just through a kind word or smile. Throughout my 20’s and early 30’s I enjoyed learning about “healthy eating”, but in hindsight I was just following mainstream dietary guidelines that often lead to low energy and cravings.

The watershed event that changed the course of my personal life and brought me to wellness coaching as a profession was the birth of my daughter Grace. It was joyous, yes, but a number of months after her birth my health took a nosedive because of various emotional and physical stressors. I soon experienced a cascade of hormonal imbalances, fatigue, allergies, joint pain, and digestive trouble.

As I studied every possible avenue of healing, I discovered an entire world of nutrition and functional medicine that connected the dots and gave me a deeper understanding of true healing. I also became acutely aware of how much pressure we women put on ourselves to excel at work, and excel as a mother (for those with children) while allowing very little space and time to care for ourselves.

What exactly does a wellness coach do?

I provide practical resource lists, recipes, meal plans, and supplement guidelines so that my clients can start making changes to their diet and lifestyle without the hassle of trying to figure everything out on their own. Yet I also believe it’s important for my clients to understand the WHY behind those recommendations, so that’s a big part of the information I include in my programs.

Above and beyond that, I customize my recommendations to my clients’ individual circumstances, and I help them address and overcome the emotional and practical barriers that may arise.

My work does not replace the care of a medical provider. However, I do help my clients implement recommendations that have been made by their provider (like when their doctor says “reduce stress” and the client has no idea how to do that, or what that even means!) The goal of my work is to empower my clients so they’re informed and so they feel that a healthy lifestyle is manageable and even enjoyable.

I offer several different private, one-on-one program options, and I offer online group coaching as an affordable alternative that also provides a feeling of community.

Who do you work with?

I primarily work with women in their 30’s and 40’s experiencing stress overload, fatigue, cravings, and irritable or anxious moods. As we work together we almost always address hormonal balance and digestive health as a part of their regimen.

What are you personally learning through being a wellness coach?

We’re all here to heal. ALL of us. It’s a natural part of life! Almost always, the “stuff” that comes up on a physical level is a reflection of what’s going on in our hearts and heads.

As for HOW to heal…

Allowing ourselves to be vulnerable actually helps us form connections with others, even if that’s scary, and connections with others are what help us heal. Learning to accept and embrace my own vulnerability has been a big part of my journey as a wellness coach.

What’s the main message you want your work to convey?

The power of your health lies in your own hands.

There’s so much you can do to optimize how you feel, and that’s based on having access to the right know-how and resources. But knowledge and resources alone aren’t enough.

You have to make a deep connection to a dream or a vision to help propel you forward, to something bigger and greater as motivation to care for your health. And on that path you also have to cultivate self-love. Without a strong sense of self-love and self-worth, any health regimen you engage in will come from a place of fear and obligation rather than love, and no amount of quinoa or kale can help that!

If you could describe your philosophy in one phrase, what is it?

Health is wealth.

It’s the greatest resource we have. Most of us unconsciously “borrow” from our health by skimping on meals, sleep, whatever it is, so that we can “get ahead” on work, family, or fun. But we have it backwards! If we take the time to tend to our own health, we have more energy and creative juice to really excel at work and be joyfully present in our personal lives.

Is there anything exciting coming up that you’d like to invite our readers to?

Yes! I actually have a free webinar coming up on January 15, 2015 called “Healthy, Wealthy and Worthy: How to Create Long-Lasting Change in 2015.”

I’m going to get really personal in this webinar and share what I believe are the most important things necessary for sticking to a self-care routine without self-sabotaging.

It’s free and easy to sign up at:
http://www.robintreasure.com/events/webinars

Robin’s website: www.robintreasure.com