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Rewiring and Resiliency for Better Health
Episode 686

Nicole Waters, Natural Health Practitioner

Rewiring and Resiliency for Better Health

In today’s episode, we feature Nicole Waters, a natural health practitioner who created a stress management program utilizing mind-body relaxation, neural harmonizing, breathwork, and neurolinguistic programming to guide her clients to overcome stress patterns and rewire into powerful states of living. Nicole discusses how food, emotions, and feelings impact health. She shares how she helps people find new pathways to relax through neurolinguistic programming and breathing to get out from the stress cycle. She also talks about self-care, finding positive qualities, and many more. Find out other ways of taking care of yourself through natural health and mind-body-spirit integration in this interview with Nicole so please tune in!

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Rewiring and Resiliency for Better Health

Episode 686

About Nicole Waters

Nicole is a Natural Health Practitioner, Licensed Professional Coach, Certified Reiki Practitioner, and Registered Yoga Teacher.  She provides consultations on utilizing food as medicine as well as emotional wellness consultations. 

Nicole has been in the area of wellness for over 20 years. She has experience in both conventional as well as alternative medicine. Before starting her own business, she was in corporate America within the health care market for over twenty-nine years.

Nicole has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin

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Saul Marquez:
Hey, everybody Saul Marquez here with the Outcomes Rocket, thanks so much for tuning in again. Today, I have the privilege of hosting Nicole Waters on the podcast. She is a natural health practitioner who utilizes integrative techniques for mind, body, spirit, integration. She created her own stress management program utilizing mind-body relaxation, neural harmonizing, breathwork, and neurolinguistic programming to guide her clients to overcome stress patterns and rewire into powerful states of living. Nicole also provides consultations on utilizing food as medicine as well as emotional wellness consultations. She believes everyone has the opportunity to thrive in their life and through education and support. She has seen people turn their lives around three hundred and sixty degrees. Nicole has been in the area of wellness for over 20 years. It was her own struggles with stress, anxiety, and health imbalances that allowed her to search out and find new ways to live healthy and well. Nicole enjoys working with clients to teach self-healing tools and techniques needed for clients to transform their lives into ones they enjoy living. She has experience in both conventional as well as alternative medicine. Before starting her own business, she was in corporate America within the health care market for over twenty-nine years. She’s a natural health practitioner, a licensed professional coach, a certified Rakhi professional, and a registered yoga teacher. So she’s got a lot to offer us today around the subject of wellness. So, Nicole, such a privilege to have you with us today.

Nicole Waters:
Oh, it’s my privilege as well. Thank you for having me, Saul.

Saul Marquez:
Absolutely. So before we get into the nuts and bolts and what you guys do, tell us a little bit about you and what exactly inspires your work in health care.

Nicole Waters:
Well, I think, you know, when miraculous things come about for each of us, when we know what our life’s work is, it kind of happens in an interesting way. And sometimes we’re like, what are we doing here? How’s this happening? But for me, it was my own health journey that started some ways of looking at medicine differently, health differently, well being what that means, and just taking a kind of a different path. I was somebody who I was now it’s been over 20 years, was diagnosed with a health condition ulcer at an early age. That was when I was 30. And just some of the things that had come up about that was just something that I wasn’t willing to do. And I just started to dig and look at some other ways of going about it. And I think that this happens with different people. You know, you’re just like that doesn’t seem to vibe too well. And what are some of the other routes to go? And I think that’s really we’re coming into a time as far as inspiration with health care. So much has changed within health care and people are really looking at getting to the root of what’s going on. And maybe not so much of going for a quick fix to wanting to really know why they’re feeling the feelings they are, why their body is feeling such a way, why they have these sort of host of imbalances are things that are showing up and maybe not going that quick fix root anymore because that hasn’t really maybe it’s been more like a Band-Aid instead of just really finding out what’s going deeper and deeper.

Nicole Waters:
And that’s really what kind of inspires me. I inspire people to help them understand a variety of things that I once struggled with, for example, fight or flight or adrenaline and cortisol. We are in a situation where people are very highly stressed. And I was one of those as well. I think I came out of the womb stressed I was in that situation. And we don’t a lot of times go into when you see a health practitioner that they really talk about, they say, oh, eat better or exercise more or something like that. But why is that? Why is there this constant cycle that happens and then how do we really get out from underneath it? So that was a piece of it. And then also, I’m really inspired by talking to people about their thoughts, how their thoughts play a tremendous role in one’s health.

Nicole Waters:
I’m sure you know this. I mean, it’s anyone who is doing anything in business. Sometimes you just got to be pumping yourself up and on how to move through things. And so thoughts play a big role. And how often is that may be talked about in traditional health care? And then getting back to the way our ancestors’ aid and the way that we used to eat and how food impacts our body and how it creates such a bigger connection to our inner world in our self and loving ourselves and not to give ourselves fuel instead of just picking up a box of something that’s been fortified. And then also, I’d say like emotions, like emotions are really part I think most people have learned in their life to not address emotions. That it’s I think it’s old conditioning that’s like, oh, just kind of stuff it in there unless you’ve gone down a different paradigm, but that’s really getting broken into now. I mean, I think we can look in our world and say that it’s very important to be able to address our emotions in a healthy way so that it’s not going out and projecting on other people. And so these are all very important pieces of like a whole picture, which I say is, wellbeing, being well, which is more than just the body. It’s about the whole person. And so I love that. I love that we’re going into different areas within the whole you know, the whole person and the emotions, the mind, the feelings, the of the body, things like that. So very, very important. So that’s what inspires me.

Saul Marquez:
I love it. I love it. Yeah. And it’s you know, we often disassociate physical and mental well-being when in fact it’s all health and it’s about being you know, I find myself like, I don’t know, I’ll sing. I like to sing my son a song before, like before he goes to bed, he gets a song and, you know, there’s something about that. And using anchors to trigger sort of being I when I sing him a song, it puts me in the present. I get my mind back to where I’m at and different things. So I love that you’re bringing this idea to us. We all have our own strategies of doing it, but maybe we don’t. Maybe we don’t have that structure or we could learn new ideas. And that’s what Nichole’s here to talk to us about. Nicole, how are you adding value to the health care ecosystem and the people that you work with?

Nicole Waters:
Well, I mean, I think one point of this is when we let’s just start off with stress. Let’s talk about rewiring deep-seated stress. You know, really like creating new pathways. Let’s say you’re doing something all the time. I love that quote. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, but expecting different results by Albert Einstein. That’s a good one, right? Because a lot of times we’re like, yeah, I’m just kind of can’t you know, I’m in this chronic state of stress where I’m thinking these worrisome thoughts. I feel my body always tense. I’m eating these sort of foods that I’m craving all the time. And I’m just going down the same path all the time. And I really, you know, and I’m exercising. And then I try to eat better sometimes. But basically, like, how do I get out of that? And I think that rewiring is something that we don’t really talk about. I mean, exercise and diet can do a degree of that. But there is something about really getting into the process of using relaxation and something like you were saying, anchoring neurolinguistic programming and getting into the mind-body connection. We’re having that every single day, at least some type of mind-body connection of centering where that you can when these thoughts and you start to get a general awareness through your body and you start to realize, oh, I’m feeling this, that means I must have thought associated that’s causing this feeling.

Nicole Waters:
That’s kind of like a low vibe, that friendly feeling, and then using certain tools, which is what I love to do with people. It’s just my passion because it’s changed so many people’s lives and my own as well is to be creating these new pathways within people’s minds and brains to relaxation through neurolinguistic programming and breathing to kind of get out from those stress cycles and let those old pathways atrophy and create new pathways. Right. because everybody wants to feel good. I mean, everyone wants to feel good and thrive. But a lot of times maybe this hasn’t been presented to them or maybe not in the same way, or maybe they’re looking at the way medicine works that should just work in one case. And, you know, we have to look at like, OK, this is built up for 30, 40, 50 years, 20 years. So it’s going to take some attention and focus. And also, this is a way of caring for yourself.

Nicole Waters:
This is self-care by starting to look at how your cells are operating, why you’re thinking the thoughts you are, and why you’re feeling the way you are. And we’re really moving into that place. And so that’s huge. And then I think also looking at your emotions as a way to expand beyond your circumstances. I mean, there are times when you can hear about this that people who have tremendous faith, then they’re focusing on certain areas and they have miraculous healings within their health or anything else is going on there. So it’s really giving some different perspectives, you know, instead of doing the same thing always, maybe not in you’re not getting those results or maybe you’ve seen an inch or two increase, but going back to some different ways that are different or the way the. Strategies to use food as medicine, the herbs in the ground and how they use like the bones of the chicken to create broth and all this creates this immense vitality within the body. So just kind of recirculating back to a lot of wisdom that was there before and new wisdom.

Saul Marquez:
So now I appreciate that. And it’s going back to the basics. What would you say makes what you do different or unique? And I’d love to hear maybe some examples, practical things that we could be thinking about or doing in our daily lives.

Nicole Waters:
Sure, sure. Well, I think that there are different people out there doing alternative wellness, and that is great because we need that. And I always look at myself as somebody who bridges both conventional and alternative together. And I think that that’s really what we look at as integrative or holistic. But it’s very different for me in a way, is a lot of the intension that I have with clients is or a lot of the intentions, I think out there with alternative or even with medicine is to heal. It’s that someone needs to be healing versus the approach I take with the clients is that we all have qualities inside of us that are positive. And it’s just about highlighting those qualities and shifting that kind of mindset and then amplifying those qualities to create new pathways. And once you start to do that, it creates a momentum that then they can experience in their life from there. So, for example, I’ll give you an example. So if I say I have a client and we do a session and let’s say that they are really like bend down, they’ve been down there feeling depressed. They’re stuck in the house with COVID. They’re listening to the news a lot. They’re maybe getting all kinds of different advice from family members, which maybe isn’t always very helpful. So we start to go through what kind of like emotions or feelings, what other kinds of things are happening, the body, what are the triggers, what are the stressors? And then after a session, what actually will happen is highlighting these positive qualities that are within they’re actually the opposite of what they go through some neurolinguistic programming and starting to release the adrenaline and the body from being in that sort of fight or flight.

Nicole Waters:
What will happen is they will actually start to see those positive qualities then created in their life, in their life experiences. It will start to happen before their eyes and sort of ways, because then the momentum and the pathways have already been opened to be able to experience more and more of that. So is a big perceptual shift. But what I love about it is when you do something with someone like me with integrative, we’re using a lot of Mobic modalities. So I like to use the example. It’s kind of like a solar burst, solar burst to the system. So using reiki and theta and breathing and breathwork and mindfulness relaxation that you’re starting to combine quite a few of these very complementary, powerful modalities. And it’s like really giving you like a huge, like I said, a cosmic boom or a solar burst like boom in the system where it’s lighting so many things up versus just doing one of those modalities and noticing somewhat of a difference.

Saul Marquez:
There are different things, right? I mean, yeah, expect like you said at the beginning, Right. get different results by doing the same thing. You’re nuts.

Nicole Waters:
Yeah, you do. And becoming open to that and knowing that there are just so many different ways to go and there are so many different things. I mean, reiki is a perfect example of that. I mean, some people find reiki because.

Saul Marquez:
So anyway, I’m not even sure what Reiki is.

Nicole Waters:
Yeah. So Reiki is literally a practitioner. Sometimes they would call it the laying of hands, but it’s actually where someone would either put their hands over the person or they can do it virtually actually where there’s they’re streaming like divine energy, like higher self-energy through the same source energy and going to the places in the body that need it to create homeostasis. So it’s super powerful. It creates a homeostatic balance within the person. I do it all virtually as it’s flowing through that. And it just it’s great for after surgery. It’s great for everything.

Nicole Waters:
And we’ve seen that people who get this, who perhaps don’t like to even have touch, you know, there are certain people who don’t like, oh, I’m not going to go into massage because I don’t like to really be touched. Or people that have been in chronic stress really enjoy Reiki because you feel like you’re kind of in a cocoon and it builds your sense of trust without having to be literally touched. And it puts you in that state of relaxation, which is parasympathetic, which is rest and relaxation. And it kind of just happens in this magical way. And people are like, wow, I really feel good, it’s like when you said you have your son, it’s like when you would wrap them and swaddle them, right. And they would be in that little cocoon, that’s kind of what goes on within the energy systems of Reiki. And it really is by using energy, the physics aspects of allowing this energy coming through the body to create. And Dr. Oz has talked about it. I think his wife is a very big practitioner of Reiki and all the complimentary benefits of when using this with traditional medicine. It’s amazing what happens.

Saul Marquez:
Very cool. Well, yeah. I mean, the point is, try something different, folks. It’s especially now with the pandemic. You know, it’s important that we do some self-analysis and really do a gut check within ourselves. How are we doing and what can we do differently to help our mindset, health, and wellness? And of course, just sharing a couple of ways that we could do that. What what would you say is one of the biggest setbacks you’ve experienced, Nicole, and the key learning that came out of it?

Nicole Waters:
Well, I think that a lot of times the setbacks, my bit one of my biggest setbacks, I would say, was learning to just kind of trust that inner wisdom within yourself. We’ree we’re such an outwardly focused society running from here to there to kind of like thinking that there’s going to be a quick fix to just be able to get it because that’s how it’s been programmed to be someone else. And I really believe we are into that getting into that era of war, being able to be like, OK, how can I take personal responsibility for my own health and for my own well-being and my thoughts and things like that. So it really took me a long time to be able to get out of that state of control, perhaps, and start to relax, to be able to know that all those answers will come inside and live into that place of leaning into that and relaxing more. Because I was always wired tight like I think quite a few people are, and we come into this world to grow and evolve. And so that was a big one. It took some time sometimes where I would get hammered in the head. But then once you start to realize, like when you go in there and then that amount of peace and centering that starts to happen, what’s amazing of how that affects all of your body, all of your cells. You can’t be wound up tight like a Mack truck, like steel armor on all the time and expect everything to be functioning well. Or you’re not changing the oil truck. It’s the same sort of thing. So we all have our lessons. And I think that they come with based on our circumstances. But everyone’s gone through your circumstances and everyone has certain things that they need to always focus on. And so it’s just about giving yourself more tools and learning with some of those tools are what works for you. What works for you is not working for someone else over here. And so just starting to learn to embrace that uniqueness about yourself and start to just know what flows for you and how you can stay centered in a line and live your best life. So that was a set back.

Saul Marquez:
Thank you for that. understanding that there’s a need to put your wound up self to the side and just take a deep breath is key. A lot of us, if you’re listening to this podcast, you’re probably a type A performer and sometimes it’s hard to relax, to take that a couple of minutes to do meditation. However, how easy it is you’re not doing it. I don’t find myself doing it sometimes. And it’s just so easy. It’s just that reminder that you just got to take a couple of extra minutes to invest in yourself and your wellness. And that’s what today’s about. It’s about a reminder to invest in your own wellness and time and also money because you’re important. And if you’re not investing in yourself, then there’s an opportunity there for you to take some steps for growth. What are you most excited about today, Nicole?

Nicole Waters:
Well, you know, I’m really I’m just thinking of it like this is a very exciting time. I mean, with everything going on with Covid and a lot of people are people have been looking to immunity more than ever. How do they boost their immunity? How do they take better care of themselves? So it’s exciting times because people are going into areas that they probably hadn’t considered in the past. You know, how they can really, really make a difference, just like when you wake up and you’re brushing your teeth and you’re showering, coloring your hair, that type of self-care, what kind of things can they do to take better care of themselves, to make changes, to reroute anxiety and innovative ways, and to take self-responsibility, to be able to feel good, to feel good in a way that means that you deserve time. For yourself and you deserve to be around happy people, you deserve to be happy. And just a different way, rather than just possibly always looking out for something, something some fix to give you that thrill or make you feel good of how it can be done and how empowering that is when you do it for yourself. And I think that that’s the message really that I want to share. It’s about when you can start to learn some of these tools and you know that you can kind of navigate whatever circumstances kind of come up for you. And even if you need a little bit of guidance on the side from a coach.

Nicole Waters:
But we’ve all been there. We’re all there. There’s no one who is so much authority or an other. But we all have our challenges and we all go through certain things. And so to be able to learn these tools to empower yourself, that it doesn’t just take you down Right. or like watching the news all the time makes people feel probably deflated, depleted. You know, I have quite a few. And I said, well, well, then, you know, do a certain a little amount of it. And let’s look at some other things to put in what we take out, we’ve got to put back in. So there’s just some really innovative time for a lot of self-growth, self-mastery, being able to really enjoy and change is always good and people sometimes don’t like change. But is it is really, really important? And I from and from this, when you do change yourself and things around you change, it’s just how it goes. So it’s very, very important, exciting times. I think we’re really on the cusp, you know, as things have been blooming since this covid started last February and February, March to be able to utilize this time rather than just being able to veg out and look for outside sources that are going to going to do it.

Saul Marquez:
That makes a lot of sense. And so we’re here at the end, folks. So take advantage of this opportunity to think about what you’re doing for you. SunshineIntegrativeWellness.com is Nicole’s website, so feel free to check her out there and all the things that she offers. And Nicole, why don’t you leave us with the closing thought here and the best place that folks could reach out to you if they have any questions or want to just interact.

Nicole Waters:
Yeah. So I just want to share some food for thought here that literally you are the creator of your life and you have the opportunity to design it the way you want and just throwing that creativity out there, going beyond fear into a new way of designing how you want to live and feel and how are you going to do this. So I’m just going to throw that out there. How do you want to do it? The other ways haven’t worked. What would be a new way or if you don’t know, a new way to reach out to somebody like me, to start to provide some guidance of how you want to feel and what you’d like to change so that you can be in that thriving place of really enjoying life, feeling good and being feeling that being that good feeling person that you see all over the place. There are different people. I see them everywhere. And having a healthy immune system that’s a focus of yours are working into emotions perhaps that you haven’t uncovered. And you’ve had a lot of pain that you’ve been holding onto. So you get to design it. You just have to step out, take one step, and start the momentum. So that’s what I would say.

Saul Marquez:
Thank you, Nicole. Yeah, it’s a great message. Really appreciate you reminding us, Nicole, of the importance of taking care of ourselves. And listeners as always, for the Show notes transcripts, everything about this podcast with Nicole. Go to OutcomesRocket.Health and check out the new search bar there. You could type in Nicole. You’ll find this entire interview there with the Show notes and links to her website, right there. So, Nicole, appreciate your time and the insights today.

Nicole Waters:
Thank you, Saul. Thanks so much for having me and I look forward to it. We’ll talk again.

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  • What works for you may not work for someone else.
  • Take some time to invest in your wellness. 
  • You have the opportunity to design your life the way you want.

 

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