By now, we have an understanding of the mind-body connection. (See also Movement therapy.) We know that
- exercise can help heal PTSD, anxiety and depression - when we feel better physically, we feel better mentally (and vise versa) - how we treat our bodies can be symbolic of how we feel inside - general fitness can improve self-confidence and mental clarity - exercise has been proven effective to reduce depression and anxiety - a healthy body can fight off illness more effectively - success in fitness can spill over to success in other areas of life such as managing emotions and establishing healthy boundaries in relationships - it feels good to have our clothes fit correctly - exercise during the day can help us sleep better at night - exercise has been shown to decrease blood pressure, reduce stress and increase overall mood - body movement can help release and heal somatic memories (experiences such as stress or trauma that are felt and/or held in the body)
Traditionally, our society has treated fitness and emotional health separately, causing individuals to spend time at the gym and in the therapist's office.
At FCCS, we see these two lifestyle disciplines in unity. With your (or your child's) doctor's approval, and if your preferences and goals agree, you and your Therapist can incorporate physical activity into your therapy plan.
This may include: - 'walk and talk' - trail hiking - bike riding - weight lifting
Note that these activities can cause the therapy session to take place in a public setting, such as a park and extra measures will need to be addressed to protect confidentiality. Please discuss this with your Therapist.
FCCS is directed by Melinda Haynes, MA, California LMFT 102308. Oklahoma LMFT 1153. North Carolina LMFT 2143.