We had the good fortune of connecting with Kiosh Iselin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kiosh, what’s one piece of conventional advice that you disagree with?
The one piece of conventional advice I disagree with is that everyone should exercise. Oh, and by the way, I am a Physical Therapist by trade. I am a Physical Therapist that is skeptical that prescribing exercises is the most effective solution to helping people get more active. The reason prescribing exercises doesn’t work well for most is it relies on willpower for follow-through. Exercise is hard to motivate yourself for. If you’re in that boat, you’re definitely not alone. Thankfully, there are much smarter ways of achieving an active lifestyle. (Special clue: they involve a whole bunch of pleasure.)
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I am Mayo Clinic trained health coach and I run the Desire Clinic. Our clinic specializes in understanding how desire and health are connected. Personally, I am fascinated by the science of desire. Scientifically, the system responsible for your experience of desire is known as the dopaminergic reward system. What sets our clinic apart is that we have a very strong understanding of the biology of desire. We help you reconnect pleasure and health. Our health idol is a friend of mine, Mary. She’s a 94 year-old blind lady that goes social dancing 5 days a week. Health doesn’t have to be about ‘shoulds’. Rather it can be about retraining what you want. We teach how to do that.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
It’d be a dancing and eating itinerary. Oh and maybe we’d also go visit my friend who lives in the woods. Some of my favorites include: Fiddlers Roost (A dive bar where people mostly in their 70’s and older dance together) Sugar Swing (A dance hall focused on reviving Lindy hop, a dance from the 1920s) Lucky 97 (Who doesn’t want to get lucky while shopping for new ingredients?) My friend’s cabin (The location of this may be secret, as it may or may not be built illegally on public land.) Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
So many people. I am just a collection of those that have come before me. The people I want to thank the most are my parents. They put so much time, care, and energy into creating who I am. Our folks generally get so underappreciated. Their hard work is mostly unnoticed and unseen. I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the work they put in. Also, Kelly Wendorf, at Equus Inspired. Her coaching work is incredible, and she’s been coaching me along in this journey. Oh and finally, Elyse. She’s the friend I am dancing with in the apple photos. She’s supported me in getting the Desire Clinic off the ground. Friends matter.