Spotlight Member Interview with Niki Gratrix

Abundant Energy Expert

Website/Blog: www.nikigratrix.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/abundantenergyexpert/
Twitterwww.twitter.com/optimumenergyco/
Linked Inwww.linkedin.com/in/nikigratrix

Tell us about yourself; at the personal level?
I am English, born in Manchester, grew up mostly in the south of England, then lived in Paris in France for 3 years from age 16, then 14 years in London before I moved to the USA in 2010, starting in Boulder in Colorado, then Southern California. I currently live in LA county. I’m not married yet, no children – my career has been center stage for me so far (no regrets!). I’ve been a lifelong student of consciousness, spirituality and the mind-body connection since my teens. I’ve done more personal development courses that I care to mention. I once did a 2 month silent meditation retreat (!)and spent a month at a meditation resort in India.

What led you to the health and wellness industry?
I had a degree in economics & international politics and a career as a chartered accountant at Price Waterhouse Cooper and in banking and Finance in the city of London for 7 years before realizing I wanted a career with more meaning and which more directly served people.  I’ve always mainly been inspired by how to be truly happy – a lot of that involved studying psychology and consciousness, but at age 30 I left the finance industry, retrained as a yoga instructor, personal trainer and as a nutritional therapist at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition in London. I realized psychological well-being was dependent on a healthy physical body and vice-versa. In 2004 I co-founded the largest mind-body, integrative clinic in the UK working with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and related illnesses where there was both a psychology and nutrition division. In 2009 we won the award for outstanding practice in the UK, then a pilot study was published on the results with patients in the British Medical Journal Open in 2012.

Today, what does your practice entail?
Today I am also a bioenergetic practitioner and I work with both energy medicine and nutrition together in my practice. I mostly work remotely with patients all over the world. These days I don’t do so many one to one consultations having completed many 1000s already. I now spend much more time speaking at online summits and conferences and creating online courses and programs. In August 2015 I ran the largest ever online summit on overcoming fatigue where I interviewed 29 world-leading experts and collaborated with Ken Wilber.

What inspires you?
I’m inspired by excellent world-class research on mind-body related medicine and psychoneuroimmunology, much of which is going ignored by the general public and even practitioners.  I love taking that research and making it accessible for people, then translating it into practical advice. Other practitioners and researchers also inspire me – people who have a unique perspective, usually many years ahead of their peers who have both and science and intuitive mind. Over the years my biggest inspirations have been Ken Wilber, Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt other more biochemistry-focused practitioners include Dr. Jeff Bland, Tom O’Bryan, Dr. Sarah Myhill, Dr. Leonard Jason and others.

Where do you see yourself professionally in 5 or 10 years?
Probably I’ll have a book or two published and I will spend my time training practitioners and running online courses for the general public and speaking at conferences and online events.

How did you find your “niche?”
I originally specialized in fatigue because my business partner (and fiancée at the time) at the clinic we co-founded in London had been severely ill with CFS for 7 years, and had just recovered when I met him. He was a psychology practitioner and I became the Director of Nutrition at our clinic. Over the years I also realized I was very similar to him and other people with fatigue in terms of psychology. I’ve never had full-blown chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), but I’ve had burnout and adrenal (HPA axis) dysfunction which is really just the milder form of CFS.  I think now I specialized in this illness because I was teaching others what I needed to learn for myself as well.

Are you speaking and presenting?  If so, on what topics?
Yes – emotional trauma in childhood and the impact on health across a lifetime, chronic fatigue, adrenal fatigue, stress, burnout and also bioenergetics.

Have you written any books or material that you want to share?
You can see my summit on overcoming fatigue with 29 world-leading experts at www.AbundantEnergySummit.com and I have a free ebook at www.NikiGratrix.com called the 7 Steps to Healing Emotional Trauma and Rebuilding Resilience, I also have a free Abundant Energy Starter Pack on my website.

List credentials and the accompanying school or include Curriculum Vitae, if you have one.  
My full credentials/CV can be read here: http://www.nikigratrix.com/about/

What is one piece of advice you would have for someone who is new to the holistic nutrition industry?
I do think specializing on a topic to start out, like fatigue, weight loss, autoimmunity, or women’s health, for example, is critical to success. It needs to be a topic you have a personal passion for and ideally some experience with, either directly or via family/friends or colleagues. This means you can start to be seen as an expert early on, and you’ll understand your audience of potential clients intimately well.  You’ll need this to start attracting clients and building your practice. Interestingly just because you specialize in one topic, does not mean you have to be stuck in that your whole career. Because the body is an interconnected system, once you understand one illness really well, it’s easy to understand other types of illnesses too. So don’t worry that you will miss out or get too narrowly focused by specializing. For example, I started with CFS, and part of that involved studying psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) and mind-body medicine. After I learned that, I could apply my understanding of PNI to all other illnesses. In the last year, I’ve spoken on PNI (specifically emotional trauma in childhood) on over 14 online summits covering Alzheimer’s, Lyme’s Disease, Fibromyalgia, Diabetes, Anti-Aging, Autoimmunity, Heart Disease and more.

Can you tell us about how your NANP membership has benefited you?
Being a member of the NANP has been a great opportunity to network with like-minded people and build new friendships and potential business partners. It’s also an opportunity to support the nutrition profession and help build ties internationally, for example between the NANP and BANT in the UK (www.bant.org.uk).  I highly recommend becoming a member.