Holistic Life and Wellness Coaching
Mercedes is a holistic coach guiding you and witnessing your healing and your journey to holistic wellness and fulfillment.
We give you tools to support your healing journey and intentional lifestyle, from within, so that you can fully enjoy life. We empower you to create the life you desire; we help you to enrich the soil from which to grow, in order to shift the landscape of your life.
“When a flower doesn’t bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower.” – Alexander Den Heijer
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Why Choose Bright Star Woman?
You desire WELLNESS, from the inside out, and intentional living that brings HARMONY and ALIGNMENT with who you are.
Whether the cause for contacting Mercedes (Bright Star Woman) is initially physical, mental/emotional or spiritual, we will look at you as a whole person, and your issue as part of a system, which we will tend to like we’d tend a garden so that you release what no longer serves you, give yourself what you need, bloom and shine your full spectrum of colour!
You need guidance to find your answers and gain clarity around your beliefs and patterns holding you back. You need support to heal wounds, ground yourself, take aligned steps and ultimately, manifest the life that’s seeded in your heart and soul.
When moving into a life transition, or as you embark on a journey, your spirit, heart, body need healing as a whole so your being can align with your purpose. Then, you can rely on your own power to support you, and simply put, your intentional life. When you heal as a whole, you shine brightly.
Together with Bright Star Woman, you will find your light and create your life of purpose.
Our Holistic Wellness Coaching Includes:
- Guidance, coaching calls & online support
- Simple action steps & exercises, which may include:
- Coaching exercises
- Movement & Mindfulness (yoga, breathing and/or meditation exercises)
- Energy work (distance reiki and/or indigenous rites)
- Nutritional tips
- Recommended reading/exploration
What is Holistic Life and Wellness Coaching?
Holistic Wellness Coaching is an intuitive process where the coach brings the client’s awareness to their energy field (or bodies: body, mind, heart and soul), their mindset, their habits, environment and beliefs, to help them suss out their debilitating patterns. We work on healing the causes (often energetic) while supporting them in finding their own sustainable solutions in creating holistic wellness!
You’re Ready For Holistic Life and Wellness Coaching If…
- You feel connected to me or my website speaks to you
- You feel you need a change in your life and not sure where to start
- You’ve already begun your wellness journey and need support
- You believe health is a holistic system
- You understand that there is a body-heart-mind-spirit connection
- You suspect that happiness is an inside job
- You appreciate honesty, even when it’s less than rosy
- You’ve decided you are worthy of a life full of happiness, health and meaning
- You believe your life gets better by change, not by chance
- You understand your life as a reflection of your mind, heart and body’s health
- You also understand that your life is a reflection of their harmony and alignment to your Self and your purpose
- You feel you are worthy of care and the commitment and responsibilities that entails
Holistic Coaching & Tools
Holistic coaching is about empowering a client to create intentional choices and thus find meaning in their lives. The ‘holistic’ approach acknowledges that whatever we are healing and improving in ourselves and in our life, overlaps with many other aspects and that our wellness, our happiness and contentment, our fulfilling relationships, our spirituality and our purposeful work are all interconnected.
Mercedes’ approach to coaching is intuitive, but her tools are based in both modern science and ancient practices, giving you the best of both worlds, and the best chance of creating lasting, positive and meaningful change.
Mercedes’ consultations and sessions are all done on video chat for the most convenience while still having a personal touch experience.
Here is a summary of the tools she may use throughout the course of your coaching relationship.
Coaching is the art of asking powerful questions to support the client in their self-discovery and empowering them to find their own solutions. For the client, this creates a greater sense of alignment, ownership, accountability and follow-through.
The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT Tapping) is a discipline born out of NLP (see below) and Traditional Chinese Medicine’s Meridian theory. Together with the practitioner, the client taps on meridian points while saying key phrases to help re-establish the flow of energy in the body, releasing negative emotions and even traumas.
Hypnotherapy is the practice of using hypnosis for therapeutic purposes. In other words, the practitioner induces mild hypnosis (always a wakeful and consenting state) to speak with the subconscious mind, in order to release debilitating beliefs and invite empowering ones. This enables the client to create the desired life situation. Hypnotherapy is very similar to the indigenous practice of journeying and vision quests.
Meditation is an ancient practice often associated with yogic practice, but has many forms and has been recognized by scientists as an effective and powerful tool in supporting mental health, reducing chronic pain and inflammation, assisting in managing many conditions, and managing stress effectively. Visit the meditation page for further information about this practice, and consider joining the free Meditate with Mercedes meditation challenge.
Neuro-linguistic programming or NLP, is the practice of shaping your life experience and external reality through mindful word choices.
Nutrition is the study of how food affects the body. Nutrition is often overlooked, but can have a huge impact on more than just weight; it can affect hormonal health, brain function, alleviate anxiety and depression, and more!
Reiki is an energy-based practice that translates from Japanese to English as “Universal Life Force Energy”. It is the healing art of channeling life force into our bodies. Interestingly, reiki has started being used in hospitals to support recovery and pain management programs. Visit the reiki page for further information, and consider a reiki attunement to start practising.
Reflexology is the ancient practice of acupressure, where pressure applied to key points in the feet, hands and/or ears activates the meridians and re-establishes the body’s natural ability to heal and restore itself. Mercedes practises hand reflexology, specifically.
Yoga is the ancient practice of wellness and spiritual health that was born in India over 8 000 years ago. Yoga has 8 limbs of practice, one of which we know well in the western world as “asanas” (postures), or the “physical yoga”. Meditation (dhyana, dharana, pratyahara), breathwork (pranayama) and observances (yamas and niyamas) are the other limbs of yoga. Visit the yoga page for further information.
Credentials & Background
Mercedes is a holistic life and wellness coach. She is a registered yoga and meditation teacher with the Yoga Alliance, an Usui Reiki, Blue Star Reiki and Karuna Om Reiki Master teacher, and a keeper of indigenous rites, including the Rite of the Womb. Through the CTAA, she is an accredited life coach, EFT, NLP and hypnotherapy practitioner, holistic nutritionist, and reflexologist. In addition, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Philosophy from the University of Ottawa.
Bright Star Woman’s (Mercedes) approach to coaching is intuitive and holistic. She brings her experience as a coach, reiki master, yoga and meditation teacher and carrier of indigenous rites to help clients target areas in their life that require healing.
She honours her indigenous ancestry, as well as her French Canadian and Irish heritage. She loves to read, watercolour, garden and of course, spend time with her husband and three children.
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