Act Two is an occasional series highlighting life changes by area residents. These life shifts could be due to choices made in retirement -- the "re-engagement" phase -- or as a result of discovering new arenas or taking action on a lifelong passion that had lain submerged. In any event, these changes offer an opportunity to rewrite the script of one's life. If you know of an interesting Act Two story, feel free to email your suggestion to larn...@arnoldagency.com.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- For 22 years, Dr. Mary Beth Mangus owned and operated a thriving chiropractic business. Just over a year ago she sold that practice -- and has never looked back.
That's because Mangus continues to move forward in her quest to help people transform their lives.
"To get what you want -- whether it's better health, happiness, more money or a partner in life -- requires studying the mental faculties to get results," Mangus said.
"People often settle for the lives they're living and say, 'It's good enough,' yet they're in pain, have anger and do things that aren't good for them. The truth of the matter is that people are happy and healthy when they're growing into the life they want," she added.
During the past year Mangus has merged all of the tools in her professional toolbox into a consulting business, Transform to Success.
And there are quite a few tools in there, including professional credentials and certifications in acupuncture, ayurvedic medicine, massage therapy, yoga, meditation, structural integration, nutrition, aromatherapy, communications facilitation, life coaching and, of course, her degree from Western States Chiropractic College and 22 years of experience working with patients.
Along the way, she founded a successful clinical practice and massage school.
"I've enjoyed everything I've learned at every step of my career," Mangus said. "I knew I was leaving the chiropractic business and our patients in good hands with Dr. Julia Mishoe, who worked alongside me for a year. Now I'm able to work with clients in a more expansive way to help them make transformations in their lives on a broader scale.
"I've had a lifelong passion to link the connections between our minds and our bodies and watch how that plays out in our overall health," she said. "I've always been fascinated with the differences between our conscious and subconscious minds. It's our subconscious mind that drives our behavior and habits, and that's the level for transformations."
Often the physical symptoms in our bodies come after a prolonged period of emotional pain -- but if we can address these stressful situations sooner, there's a good chance healing can take place more quickly, Mangus said.
"There's a statistic that says 80 percent of people with chronic pain hate their jobs. ... Chronic pain is a sure sign you're not living the life you want to live," she added.
On the road to her new career path, Mangus was driven to help far more people with her broader message of healing than she could with her chiropractic table one-on-one.
As she says, she was hoping "to reach as many people as I can to provide them with the tools they require to live the life they truly want -- in a simple, easy-to-master process that highlights their highest potential."
These days, Mangus describes herself as a health, wellness and success coach.
So, how does she go about it? While each case is different, there are tools she uses to zero in on the source of a client's issues, whether they've manifested emotionally, such as through a lack of confidence, or physically, with recurring pain in the body.
From midlevel managers on sales teams to executives and entrepreneurs, Mangus works to identify blocks that may be holding a client back, while also working with them to develop an action plan for changing their behaviors and patterns.
Several clients, who asked that their last names not be used for privacy reasons, said the results have been clear.
"Learning how to eliminate the negative, self-limiting thoughts and beliefs that were keeping me from creating the desired results in my life has been empowering," said Pam L., a Charleston entrepreneur. "As a result, my business has increased steadily."
Mary K., an agency principal and president from Charleston, credits Mangus with developing leadership skills for one of her key employees. "The results have been remarkable, on both a personal and business level. Mary Beth has an innate ability to quickly see into the key factors of a given situation, and her experience and intuitive powers make her coaching very powerful."
When working with clients on physical issues, Mangus uses a computer-assisted assessment tool to pinpoint sources of a client's discomfort. The process takes about 10 minutes and identifies specific areas that need attention to bring the body back into balance -- but it doesn't diagnose or recommend treatments.
"Eighty percent of all insights come from listening to the person," she said. "That's the way it was during my chiropractor days, and that's the way it is today. I objectively observe the client, factor in information I receive, tap into my intuition and apply techniques and tools to work with the individual on a customized plan of action.