The importance of the notion of pleasure in coaching with Myriam Filion - #Introduction

Note that this notion of pleasure in training can be applied not only to oncology, but also to all pathologies.  

Myriam Filion now has 15 years of experience in a field that she herself has named kinesio-oncology, in which she is involved as a researcher, coach and trainer. Her mission is to contribute to the quality of life and well-being of people with cancer through physical activity. After completing a bachelor's degree in kinesiology at the University of Sherbrooke, she developed specific skills in physical activity intervention with people with cancer.

Myriam Filion

Kinesiologist specialized in oncology

Why should a kinesiologist or trainer take this subject as important? 

First of all, we must keep in mind that fun is the key to successful training.

There is a very psychological notion behind the concept of pleasure. If the client doesn't enjoy it, it can lead to a lack of motivation on his part, especially to complete his program. There is also a difficulty in building client loyalty. 

When we work with oncology clients, we notice that most of the time, it is counterintuitive for them to move, to train. These people have undergone chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments, which creates side effects, including fatigue in 90% of these people. In these situations of extreme fatigue, it is very difficult to get up and go to the gym. It takes intrinsic motivation.

In some cases, it is possible to notice more imposing side effects, such as heartache, decrease in muscle mass, decrease in the cardiovascular system, difficulty in moving (mostly due to the surgery), etc. All these effects create limitations in the person, which is why it is counterintuitive for this clientele to train. All of these effects create limitations in the person, which is why it is counterintuitive for this clientele to train.  

This is one reason to be creative and find strategies to help them. 

Motivation in the concept of pleasure

In this context, we are talking about a change in behavior that must be brought to the customer to motivate him.

With a higher performance clientele, the concept of motivation can be applied differently. This clientele will find their motivation outside of training, for example by breaking a personal record.

With an oncology clientele, we can find their motivation in the benefits related to survival. Often, these people experience a trigger that pushes them to take charge of their health in order to reduce the risk of recurrence or to increase their chances of survival due to their pathology.

The criteria of the theory of behavior change

The notion of pleasure is part of this theory, insofar as we target how to find pleasure by going through the emotional side of the person and his self-efficacy. 

A concrete way to apply this theory would be to set smaller goals for your client to foster a sense of personal accomplishment and pride, and then add more goals as you go along. This creates a sense of progress with a definite and concrete accomplishment. 

We must also try to vary the client's routine. It is important for a client to try new things and find motivation in new workouts; this way, the fun will come and then foster that motivation. 

The social aspect in a training context 

Including clients in a group can also promote fun in training. The more the client tries new things, the more he or she will discover a desire to continue the programs, even after the illness. 

This is important to allow the client to identify with others who are in the same situation as he or she is. This feeling of belonging and the fear of disappointing others will have the impact of creating motivation to train with the community and, above all, to have fun training with the people in their group.

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