Does your body need coaching?

Transcript of the Feature ‘Health Matters’ on Radio X  from 10 March 2014

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I’m Tom Meyers, Stress Coach and welcome to another episode of Health Matters.

Todays topic is the question: “Does your body need coaching?” You might think – “what like a good talking too” – no coaching as a process supported by another person to achieve a specific goal.

When you want a career change but you don’t know where to start you get a career coach. When you want help for your personal life to become more meaningful and you can’t think of a way to start that introspection a life coach can be helpful.

But what about the body? Does your body need assistance when for example you have gone through lots of changes – like moving country – when you had some emotional setbacks, when you’re constantly challenged to keep a good work life balance or perceive constant work stress?

I noticed how people that came for non trauma related neck, back or shoulder pain after one physical treatment started to comment on improved memory, problem solving abilities, experiencing less worries and anxiety and felt they coped better with life in general. Some even experienced to have more time?

These unexpected comments made me really curious. As in my osteopathy training there had been very little time for mind aspects of healing. So I was a bit taken by surprise by how much body work seemed to have an impact on the mind and behaviour and this started me off on a quest. Little did I know that 7 years later, that this quest was preparing me to becoming very versed in one of the biggest health challenges we face today: Chronic Stress.

But still the question is left unanswered how does bodywork have an effect on mind and behaviour and to find out I will conduct a pilot study to put some of my discoveries and methodology into a scientific paper.

And for this study I need your help. I need English speaking participants (living in or around Brussels, Belgium) that have moderate to high levels of work stress and that experience non trauma related muscle pains in neck or shoulders and who would like to take part in this study.

The study won’t take much of your time and will set precedent for future body-mind related studies.

Are you interested or know someone that would then get in contact with me via my website or directly by email: info(at)

In the meanwhile to shed a light on what body-mind medicine is – which my study is all about – have a think about the best way to deal with a highly distressed child.

  • Do you talk to it and say ‘What ’s wrong?’ or
  • Would you take it in your arms and give it a good hug?

Which one of the two has the best calming effect?


I’m Tom Meyers, Stress Coach for Body and Mind and contributor of thought to a healthier way of living.

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