Blog post from the desk of Meridian Integrative Wellness founder, Jessica Hill Powell
NBC-HWC, RYT-200, Integrative Health Coach
Hi, I'm Jessica Hill Powell. I serve clients at Meridian Integrative Wellness through my expertise in behavior change and health coaching. I'm also the founder of this business, the embodiment of all of my passions: the psychology of change, continued education, mentorship, natural wellness, and personal growth & empowerment. I have a degree in Psychology from Bellarmine University and was trained and certified as an Integrative Health Coach at Duke University, then later nationally board certified. I'm also a trained yoga instructor. Aside from my own private health coaching practice, I teach meditation and breath work, and a regularly scheduled community Wellness Restoration Hour.
Me in a nut-shell: Mama x4. INFJ. Yogi. Foodie. Feminist. Creative. Forever Student. Wellness Advocate.
When I was 16 I was pretty proud of myself for landing a job at K-Mart. It was an upgrade from the drive-thru duty I’d been on at McDonalds since I was fifteen. I was moving up in the world! But soon after I took that job, I realized I’d made a horrific mistake. I was great at helping customers and working the register, but what I’d failed to notice before accepting the job was that it included asking for price checks over the store intercom system. After doing it once and cringing at the sound of my shaking voice heard through the whole store, I started asking my fellow employees to make my price check requests over the loudspeaker for me. Some of the older ladies took pity and did it for me, but mostly people were annoyed. And as a very independent person, I was annoyed with myself for not being able to do such a simple task. At sixteen I didn’t have it in me yet to feel the fear and do it anyway, so I just quit the job.
Fast forward more that twenty years later, I regularly feel the fear and do it anyway. Even when my voice shakes. Especially when my voice shakes. So when I was recently asked to participate in the Integrative Conversations podcast, a series sponsored by the Academy of Integrative Mental Health, I agreed. We had a good discussion on mental health and how aromatherapy can provide supportive care. I’d love for you to give it a listen if you’re curious about what oils can support mental wellness and how to use them. And, hey, let me know if my voice sounds completely weird, because remember my little hang up from K-Mart? You may have guessed it, but I haven’t listened to the episode yet. As it turns out, I've become brave enough over the years to speak in public, but I still don't want to listen to my recorded voice. Baby steps!
From the Integrative Conversations Podcast, I realized something really important: there are so many integrative practitioners who are interested in aromatherapy and just aren’t sure where or how to start! Which oils to do I use? How do I use them? What are the benefits for myself and my clients? My solution to that problem is a local “loaner” program for practitioners in the Louisville area to try out a diffuser and and oil in their office for a week, to see how it works for them.
Scroll down the page a bit and give the podcast a listen, and if you’re interested in being one of the first to try out our “loaner” program, email me at email@example.com. Here’s to trying new things and stocking our self-care toolboxes with as many simple and effective resources as possible!
All the best,
|Jessica Hill Powell, NBC-HWC, RYT-200|
Founder + Health Coach at Meridian Integrative Wellness
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AROMATHERAPY "LOANER" PROGRAM FOR INTEGRATIVE PRACTITIONERS
There are so many integrative practitioners who are interested in aromatherapy and just aren’t sure where or how to start! Which oils to do I use? How do I use them? What are the benefits for myself and my clients? My solution to that problem is a local “loaner” program for practitioners in the Louisville area to try out a diffuser and and oil in their office for a week, to see how it works for them.
Whether you're a chiropractor, a massage therapist, a psychotherapist, or anything in between, as long as you approach wellness holistically and you're in the Louisville, KY area, you are welcome to participate!
Let me know you're interested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
I'll contact you to discuss your goals in trying aromatherapy, determine the best oil/ oil blend for me to loan to you.
We'll select a date to start your week-long trial and I'll show you how to use your diffuser and oils.
When I pick up your loaner we'll discuss how it went, insights you had, questions and concerns. Should you have fallen in love with aromatherapy as a new self-care and client-care strategy, I'll help you choose what items you'll need to purchase.