I could spend some time explaining the mBraining approach to coaching using mBIT (that’s multiple brain integration techniques, by the way) to you. I could tell you that in the simplest terms, it’s about listening to your head, heat and your gut to generate new insights and wisdom. I could explain that mBraining™ builds on the practices of neuroscience, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), cognitive linguistics, positive psychology and behavioural modelling to create an integrated approach that supports you to experience congruence between being, feeling and doing.
"The latest scientific research shows you have three brains! You have complex, adaptive and fully functional neural networks or 'brains' in your heart, your gut and your head.
"mBraining coaches you in aligning your three brains to achieve greater wisdom, success and happiness in a world of massive change."
I could do all of that, but what you really want to know is what it’s like to experience a session, don’t you? That’s why I asked one of my clients to tell you about her mBIT coach
ing experience in her own words, so here’s her story.
“When I first heard about mBIT, I thought “Oh my life! What on earth!”
I expected it to be much more “touchy feely” with the idea of reading your own body. I was quite sceptical! I’m pretty open minded, but only tend to go so far on the touch feely stuff, which is what I thought it might be.
It felt like it was outside of my limits. The more I found out about it, I could see that it made sense but I’ve always struggled to listen to my body so it felt like quite a challenge. Not many of us do listen to our bodies any more, until it reaches the point of pain or illness.
I trusted my coach, so agreed to give it a go! Also, I was interested in new techniques, and quite curious. I also knew that I was in a safe space and could speak up at any time if I felt that it wasn’t working for me.
We agreed the issue then and explored where I am now and where I wanted to be, and what was stopping me, keeping me stuck. Then, Nicki talked me through how to achieve balanced breathing, and guided me move my awareness to my heart, gut and head, asking questions as we moved around.
It’s quite hard to explain, but when we finished, it felt just like I’d had a deep meditation session! There was one moment in particular when I received such a powerful message from my heart that the emotional response was almost overwhelming. I also felt like my gut has control at the moment – it felt like it was the naughty bit, I’m not sure how else to explain it.
So, how would I describe the experience? It’s a whole new level of coaching. You get a deeper connection to your thoughts and feelings from your body. It’s hard, or at least not always easy, because you go back to your head to think. It can be difficult to switch off, but you have to invest in it.
I’d definitely say that it gives you a more intense, deeper understanding. I’m not sure if I’d even have got there (reached theinsights) in a different coaching session. The power comes from the heart for me. It made me want to know more!
So, if you’re stuck, and other things haven’t worked, use this. You have to go with it, switch off and listen. Sit with it, keep repeating the question, and something will come. Don’t overthink, ignore the immediate “I don’t know” that pops into your head. It’s definitely worth it.”
A MASSIVE thank you to my client (you know who you are!) for agreeing to share their experience.
This is one of a series of articles by Nicki Eyre about coaching. Nicki Eyre is a Transformational and mBIT Certified Coach offering coaching programmes for businesses and individuals, helping to increase self awareness and emotional resilience. She also supports people struggling to cope with bullying in the workplace, or to move on after such an experience. Contact Nicki for a confidential discussion about coaching: