Will: I’m a Life and Health Coach, Mentor and a Mind-Body practitioner. My work reconnects people with their bodies and intuition, for them to align their lives with what they want.
Ben: That sounds intriguing. So what is your approach based on?
Will: My approach is mainly based on two exciting bodies of research. First of all, from the Institute of Heartmath, which has been studying the heart (physical and energetic) for the past 20 years, and is confirming that our hearts are in fact our main computers, and that health and joy come from being in what they call a “state of coherence”: when our hearts energy is aligned with our brain wave frequencies. This is the feeling of flow we all experience when we are engrossed in a creative project or are spending time with people we love.
Will: Secondly, I draw my ideas from the work of Dr Lissa Rankin, a US doctor who wrote a book called “Mind Over Medicine”, detailing the last 20 years of research on how our minds affect our bodies, and how listening to our inner voice is how we can create health in our lives. She is now working alongside many US hospitals and to create a new generation of doctors. Exciting stuff to say the least!
Ben: Indeed. But how did you get to where you are now?
Will: After spending 4 years working as a Personal Trainer, I realised that in order for my clients to stick to their behaviors, I needed to dig a bit deeper. So in 2013, I launched love: Fitness, a program designed to support professionals in learning to enjoy exercise and taking care of themselves.
What became clear to me was that the only way for people to find true health and fulfillment, and to stick to their healthy habits, was to listen to their own intuition. So I undertook a course on intuition, Darren Eden’s Transformation course, during which I learned many of the processes I use in my sessions. The work I do now is a continuation of the ideas and method I have developed over the years.
Ben: How would you describe your current work then?
Will: The work I do is called “Alignment”: it reconnects people to their bodies and to their intuition for them to align their lives with what they want in their health, work, relationships, and creativity. It gives people clarity on their current patterns and beliefs, what they really want and how to make steps towards it.
I offer it under different formats. My main work is one-to-one sessions, which I run at the Rambert studios in Waterloo or my home in London Fields. I also run monthly Alignment Dance Evenings, sometimes with live African drummers. These are a good opportunity for people to discover the work, meet me, and go deeper into their bodies. And I run Alignment workshops on a regular basis. These are very exciting as I get people to use their intuition on each other – and the insights people get from others are often magical!
Ben: And who is your work for?
Will: The approach is designed for anyone looking for clarity on any aspect of their lives, anyone seeking to reconnect with themselves at a deeper level, and anyone keen to dig deep, learn and change their lives. It can also be useful for anyone struggling with their health, depression, addictions, weight gain, procrastination, low energy, stress or illness. Basically, it’s for anyone who feels like they want to know more after reading this interview!
Ben: Great. And what does a normal session with you look like?
Will: My sessions are very intuitive, as I respond to each person in a different way – so they are all very different one from the other. However, each one combines elements of an embodiment, meditation, free movement, physical training with intuitive processes, self-inquiry and coaching. Sessions can last between 1 to 3 hours, and can also be done online via Skype (without the movement element of course).
Ben: What do you enjoy most about your work?
Will: What I really love is seeing the progress my clients make. Even after a couple of sessions, people can begin to feel their bodies speaking to them and learn to understand what their bodies need. And I especially enjoy seeing my clients create what they love, either a new job, new exciting creative projects, or new healthy lifestyles – it really makes my heart sing!
Ben: So you obviously put a lot of importance on the physical body. How important do you think it is to get regular sports massages?
Will: In an ideal world we would all have massages every week! There are many studies that show the importance of touch and human connection with health. So even just for that, getting regular massages is important. But not only: sports massages are a very important way to take care of our bodies’ structure, which gets impacted a lot by the exercise we do, our movements and even our posture at work. In our current society, people tend to be sat down for 8-10 hours every single day. This creates tightness and tension, which need to be looked at for good health and mobility. So getting regular sports massages is in my opinion very needed.
Ben: Thanks, Will. And finally, how can people find out more about your work?
Will: They can log on to my website willpike.co.uk, where they can read my blogs, my ebook, and take a 2 min test.