Have you been in the same industry your entire career or have you changed industries
along the way? If you’ve changed industry, what was the trigger for that change? For me,
it was being let go. The old saying “When one door closes, another one opens”, proved
true for me, as I found my way to an industry that had never been on my radar, but that I
truly love today. Below is my story of how I moved from the Hotel industry to the Health
and Wellness industry.
Melissa Deally is an Integrative Health Practitioner & Registered Health Coach, dedicated to helping her clients get to the root cause of their health issues and truly heal. Melissa’s business is 100% virtual, and she works with the entire English speaking world. Melissa uses a 2 prong approach:
Discover your toxic load and lower it
Discover your body’s imbalances and support them with natural supplements and herbs so the body can come back into balance, at which point it will heal itself. This is done through the use of Functional Medicine lab tests, mailed to your home!
Melissa offers a very high level of support, to ensure her clients’ success, as we navigate the path bringing the body back into balance, while creating new lifestyle habits to ensure lasting results.
Melissa is the winner of the 2021 Quality Care Award by Businesses From The Heart, and received the 2022 Local Business Person Of The Year Award for Whistler. She has been featured in Pursuit 365, and Fresh Magazine, featuring 365 Canadian Women who lead by example in the everyday pursuit of success, happiness, and achievement. Melissa is also the host of the “Don’t Wait For Your Wake Up Call!” podcast, a podcast offering practical education around health, which ranked in the top 5% of Global podcasts by Listen Notes in the first 3 months of launching.
Introduce yourself! Please tell us about you and your life, so we can get to know you better.
I was in the corporate world for 24 years, when one day big fish bought little fish and I was given an hour to clear out my desk and no word of thanks! In that moment I knew 3 things:
I would never work for someone else again
Whatever I did next had to be more of service to the planet and humanity
I had no idea what I would do next, but I was open to being guided.
Later that year I came across a company that specialized in brain health supplements, and I was intrigued, because I knew I used my brain 24/7 but had never had anyone tell me that I could be doing more for my brain! Meanwhile, I knew we had near epidemic levels of Alzheimer’s / Dementia, and yet, I had a grandmother who was 99 years old at the time, still living by herself, fully cognitively functioning. I decided I wanted to ensure I was on her path, and figured I had good genes, but it made me wonder if that was enough?
I started comparing her life to my life, she was raised in Christchurch NZ, before WWII and I was raised in Tokyo, Japan, in the 1970s, at the height of manufacturing plants spewing out toxins into our atmosphere, so I knew I was more toxic than she was, and therefore behind the “8 ball”! I started learning about the brain and effects of toxins on our brain and body. 4 months later my oldest daughter sustained a concussion in her first grade 12 soccer game of the season. I started going to her appointments because she didn’t have the ability to retain what she was told and come home and tell me. 2 months later I got a phone call from the high school, that my younger daughter had a suspected concussion from grade 8 gym class! In that moment I looked up at the heavens and said “Really? This is how you show me my path, please stop taking out my children!” I then had 2 sets of appointments to go to as I guided their healing journeys and wondered what other people did, who didn’t have a Mom that was conveniently not working full time, to support them. I realized there was a gap in the medical model, people needed more support. The body doesn’t heal in a stressed state, people need to be guided on their healing journey, so they can relax into and trust the process, releasing the stress so their body can heal! I live in a small town and people knew our story, I was invited to work at a holistic clinic that was opening, to support others with concussions, but I couldn’t get liability insurance as I had no “training”, only my own experience and learning. So, I went back to school and became a health coach and then integrative health practitioner, and now I focus on working with people struggling with gut and digestive issues as well as hormonal imbalances. I’ve since been trained in NLP, Time Line Therapy & Hypnotherapy, using the power of the unconscious mind to help people release their negative emotions and limiting beliefs as we re-wire the brain and let their magnificence shine through. These are some of the most powerful mind body medicine tools on the planet.
I am a big believer in sharing health education with others, as I didn’t know what I know today, just 7 years ago… in that time I’ve made all sorts of changes in my life in order to optimize my health and feel better than I did 20 years ago! Everyone can do the same, you just need to know how, so I became a podcaster and created the “Don’t Wait For Your Wake Up Call!” podcast, a podcast offering practical education around health, which ranked in the top 5% of Global podcasts by Listen Notes in the first 3 months of launching.
When not serving her clients, I can be found on my paddle board, or backcountry hiking & camping with my daughter(s) or downhill skiing or cross country skiing, or planning my next trip for my Girl Guides (Girl Scout) unit or working on my passion project, Girls Matter www.girlsmatter.ca helping keep girls in school in Uganda, breaking the poverty cycle, one girl, one family, one village at a time.
What is your business name and how do you help your clients?
My business name is “Your Guided Health Journey” and I am an Integrative Health Practitioner, Registered Health Coach, also trained in NLP / TLT and Hypnotherapy, I help people get to the root cause of their health issue and truly heal, use these tools to address the physical, emotional and mental bodies. My business is 100% virtual, and I work with the entire English speaking world, using a 2 prong approach:
Discover your toxic load and lower it
Discover your body’s imbalances and then I guide you on bringing your body back into balance, at which point it will heal itself. This is done with Functional Medicine lab tests, mailed to your home!
I offer a very high level of support, to ensure my clients’ success, as we navigate the path bringing the body back into balance, creating new lifestyle habits and releasing limiting beliefs, to ensure lasting results.
What kind of audience do you target your business towards?
I target my business primarily towards people who are struggling with gut health issues or women struggling through menopause. Both these issues are triggered by imbalances in the body, and once we run the lab tests to learn exactly what those imbalances are, we can bring the body back into balance at which point it will heal itself and the symptoms will be alleviated. We are not meant to suffer, we need to stop “accepting” our symptoms as normal, and instead question what our symptoms are trying to tell us, so we can resolve the issue.
What would you like to achieve for yourself and your business in the future?
I believe in the Japanese concept of “Ikigai”, which is to find your passion and live it until the day you die – therefore you never need to retire, because you love what you do and it gives you a purpose to get out of bed every day, no matter how old you are. This work will allow me to do that, while also living life by my design. I love to travel and am grateful that even while travelling, I can do this work, all I need is an internet connection! I would love to be able to fund future travel for myself and my kids and their families, because family connection is important to me and we all love to travel. I’d like to get to a point where I can set up a scholarship program, so that those who cannot afford my services can still have access through this fund. I would also like to be able to support Girls Matter in a bigger way, providing access to an education for more Girls.
Who inspires you to be the best that you can be?
My client’s success stories inspire me to be the best that I can be! Every client that tells me they are feeling better than they ever remember feeling, that their symptoms have been alleviated, that they have achieved the results they wanted to achieve in working with me, inspires me to continue being the best that I can be and serve more people looking for answers as to why they feel the way they do. Chronic illnesses are at near epidemic levels and many people are told they will have their illness for the rest of their life, but the reality is, they are not a “life sentence”, you can help your body heal from chronic illness by using my 2-prong approach. I recently had a client thank me for giving her back 40 years of her life, because that is how long she has suffered with chronic fatigue syndrome, trying to find answers. When she ran my labs (https://yourguidedhealthjourney.com/lab-test-info/) and we saw the imbalances and toxicities, we started rebalancing her body and she now has energy she hasn’t known for 40 years and is loving life! Her husband is overjoyed and said “I never thought I’d see the day when you recovered this much.”
Tell us about your greatest career achievement so far.
I’m very honored to have won the 2021 Quality Care Award by Businesses From The Heart, because I do take great pride in the level of care I offer to my clients and it is wonderful to be recognized for that.
Written by: Melissa Deally, Executive Contributor Brainz Magazine
First seen on Brainz Magazine February 2022
Executive Contributors at Brainz Magazine are handpicked and invited to contribute because of their knowledge and valuable insight within their area of expertise.