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Featured Coach | Amanda Stason

Featured Coach Amanda Stason

Amanda Stason, PhDc, MA, LMHC

Amanda Answers Top Questions

What vision do you have for your life and your coaching practice?

My vision for my coaching practice is to inspire a revolution in healthcare by teaching people to listen to their bodies, learn from their symptoms, and make choices that are aligned with their inner wisdom.

My vision for my life is to live in integrity, lead by example, and share my discoveries and passions with enthusiasm.

What are the top three things you love about coaching?

Meaningful and deep connections with my clients about the things that matter most to them.

Being witness to the joy my clients experience when they learn to truly love and care for themselves.

Creating a work/lifestyle that is fully aligned with who I am and what I value most: freedom, flexibility, love, connection, continual discovery and vibrant health.

Before I started coaching I …

…was a somatic psychotherapist at a residential facility for women with eating disorders. This experience gave me great learning and discovery around the psychotherapeutic model and the health insurance system. It spurred me to consider deeply questions such as “What is really underlying dis-ease?” and “What will make a lasting difference in my client’s mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health?” Within this conventional treatment setting, I incorporated body-centered techniques whenever I could and realized how incredibly transformational body-awareness and breathing practices were for my clients. I started a private therapy practice and have developed my work in to what I now call Mind and Body Health Coaching. The focus of my work is to support my clients to create vibrant health through accessing the power of the mind-body connection and taking practical steps that are aligned with their deepest wants and needs. I teach my clients to tune in and honor what their bodies are communicating to them. Over and over again, I have seen and experienced the magic that can happen when we focus our intentions and actions and free ourselves to create the vitality we want.

What makes you laugh?

What comes to mind right away is my dog’s sweet and sometimes peculiar behaviors, my 4½ year-old nephew, “TV bloopers” and funny out-takes, other people laughing, and the moments when I “see through” some pattern or belief that just a minute ago felt so serious and “real.”

The legacy I want to leave behind is this:

…a thriving movement in healthcare that is centered on people loving themselves and living in alignment with their bodies and their spirits. I imagine the 1000’s of people I will have coached spreading ripples of our work together throughout the world, contributing to the health of all people on this planet.

In my wildest dreams I’d also love to leave behind educational facilities for health professionals and healing centers that foster self-love, connection to the body, and whole-being wellness.

Who are your top three people you would want to coach and why?

I am interested in coaching people who are ready to take charge of their health; clients who are open to new learning and eager for support to build a loving relationship with themselves and their body. Whether someone is basically healthy and wanting to fine-tune their relationship with food or exercise, for example, or has a serious medical condition they want to resolve, what matters most is their openness to change and their willingness to love themselves.

One of my current clients is a good example. She is a busy professional and a mother of a 3-year old. She came to me feeling exhausted, overwhelmed and ready to make important changes in her lifestyle and health routine. She is motivated, open to learning, and willing to take action as she learns to love herself and feel her feelings. It is a joy to witness her creating the vitality she has been wanting.

Another client I am working with came to me with more serious medical concerns. I am doing a 3-month, in-home “health intensive” with her. She is completely re-vamping her life and, with my support, creating time to cook simple, healthy meals, exercise regularly, implement medical recommendations from her health practitioners, learn to breathe effectively, stretch and practice qigong. She is making these changes with the intention to create more energy to explore and expand upon her creative expression in the world. Her level of commitment and focus and her ability to re-commit when she feels like giving up, or is facing into long-buried feelings, makes working with her a total pleasure.

Two other people I’d be eager to share my work with are Jeffrey S. Flier, MD, Dean of Harvard Medical School and George Halvorson, CEO of Kaiser Permanente. I’d love for these men in positions of influence to be inspired, through having their own personal experience of mind and body health coaching, to bring the central elements of my work to Western medical education and practice. One of my visions is for the next generation of doctors to have an appreciation of the mind-body connection and an understanding of the transformational effect of living in alignment with our deepest needs and desires. I would be thrilled to have the opportunity to teach in medical schools and for doctors to refer their patients to health coaches to support them in creating vibrant health.

What were the greatest benefits you received from studying at the Hendricks Institute?

Being a part of the Hendricks’ world has been one of the most important blessings in my life. The greatest benefits for me have been: • Knowing myself as a powerful creator.
• Experiencing the freedom and energy that comes from taking 100% responsibility for all aspects of my life.
• Having my essence reflected back to me over and over again, so that I could come to know it myself.
• Deep, meaningful and loving connections with others who are passionate about enjoying life and contributing to our collective “waking up.”

The movie that inspired me most was_______.Why? The book?

The movie that inspired me most was…
Miracle: The Story of the Greatest Moment in Sports History. It’s the true story of Herb Brooks, the player-turned-coach who led the 1980 men’s U.S. Olympic hockey team, many of whom were amateur players, to victory over the Soviets, considered the best ice hockey team in the world at the time. These young Americans gave it their all with no guarantee of anything. They stretched the limits of their physical and psychological capacities, focused their minds, hearts and bodies towards a common goal and “left nothing on the ice.” My goal as a coach is to inspire this level of dedication in my clients, to create synergy through teamwork and collaboration, and to draw out the best in people to create “miracles” that inspire the world.

The book that inspired me most was…
Ageless Body, Timeless Mind, by Deepak Chopra. I read this book for the first time 14 years ago while on a 4-day solo hiking trip along the coast of New Zealand’s South Island. This book changed the course of my life, to put it mildly. At the time, I was taking pre-med courses and had planned on applying to medical school after college. This book illuminated, for me, the profundity of the mind-body connection and its impact on aging, illness and healing. I knew that a mainstream medical education would not offer me the kind of information I found in this book; the importance of our awareness and intentions, and how our perceptions shape our world and ultimately our health. I was totally fascinated by what I read and have been pursuing these concepts ever since. This is my passion. Instead of going to medical school, I got my Master’s degree in somatic (body-centered) psychotherapy and have been studying yoga, meditation, breath- and body-centered transformation, energy medicine and qigong for many years. I am now earning my PhD in Psychoneurology and Integrative Medicine.

What brings you the most joy in your day to day life?

Learning, growing, evolving, laughing, playing
Conscious friendships and meaningful connections
Connecting to “Spirit” (consciousness, universal intelligence)
My dog Tulsa
Walking, running and just being in the woods
Moving my body in a variety of pleasurable ways
Enjoying yummy, healthy food

What ten things could you not do without?

Loving connection with my family and friends
Time in beautiful nature
Clean air
Clean water
Natural foods
Movement and play of various forms (running, dancing, bouncing, swimming, stretching, hiking, massaging, play-wrestling and more!)
My computer and the internet
Connection with animals
My breath

*I thank myself, my amazing teachers, my spirit guides, ancestors, family and friends for who I am and who I am becoming. I know how deeply loved and supported I am. I feel truly blessed. Thank you Gay and Katie for giving me the opportunity to share myself here.*

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