Today we’d like to introduce you to Tracy Benson.
Tracy, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I began my journey into health over 20 years ago because I was always interested in figuring out what the “root cause” of an illness was. I was also very interested in herbal medicines and natural remedies to boost immunity. My focus was always based on looking beyond treating the “symptoms” of disease, but rather focusing on what was creating the symptoms to begin with!
I began studying holistic approaches to healing because I believe optimal wellness occurs when you integrate all aspects of health – body, mind and spirit. I hold certifications in the Science of Herbalism, Massage Therapy, Exercise Science and Fitness Instruction, Nutrition and Wellness Consulting, and most recently Yin Yoga.
My passion lies in educating, motivating and empowering everyone I work with. I don’t believe in a “one size fits all” approach. To me, optimal health lies in creating a balance between proper diet/nutrition, physical conditioning and understanding how our emotions influence our health. Health is far more than the absence of disease!
I love what I do. My focus is primarily to work with corporate clients to create and teach worksite wellness programs. Work/life balance, healthy ways to alleviate stress and nutritional support are always the most popular topics.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has NOT always been a smooth road. It’s especially hard when you are first starting out because you have not yet built upon your reputation. I rely primarily on word of mouth to get referrals from clients. Being self-employed, I think one of the biggest challenges is the lack of a steady paycheck. These past few years have brought another challenge, but one that I am glad I am able to do.
I am also a caregiver for my mom. It can be very challenging balancing work and caregiving. But I think that makes me an even better coach because I truly understand how to help people better manage the curve balls that life can throw.
Tracy Benson Health & Wellness Coach – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I am an Integrative Health & Wellness Coach and I specialize in teaching Lunch & Learn programs for corporate clients. My programs are designed to be fun and interactive, but powerful. I strive to provide the education, motivation and information that will help people achieve their health goals. I literally bring a ton of samples as visual aids (nothing but the empty containers or bottles), so that people can take photos of the products and know what to look for when they go shopping.
I am not paid by anyone to promote any of the sample items that I bring. I just keep saving products that I try and like and then I bring them with me when I teach. I get some raised eyebrows sometimes when I show up to a new client toting my huge sports bag behind me filled with all the products.
I think what sets me apart from others is my passion. I get emotional when I teach. I don’t “phone it in.” I really want to help people! I think I try to be the champion that I always wanted to find for myself but never did. I want to make a difference.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
When people come up to me after a talk and tell me that I have inspired them. I have also heard from clients that I have “changed their life” and that means everything to me.
- Website: www.tracybenson.com