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Mindfulness For Stress and Anxiety
The majority of overweight clients also suffer from chronic pain or have experienced a trauma that keeps them from conducting their daily living activities or reaching their goals independently.
Mindfulness and movement can be combined together to complement the primary care provider’s prescribed treatment. So many clients are living with chronic pain, trauma, and disease that it has become a common household topic.
Two of the most popular forms of healing today are equestrian (horses) and yoga therapy. Both forms of therapy can provide mindful movement.
Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.
Mindful movement can be described as any movement activity that is practiced mindfully, by giving attention, presence, and intention to whatever the form of movement may be. It might be equine, running, yoga, swimming, walking or several other activities.
We have put it all together to embark on the incentives of both.
Mindful resilience (MR, or therapeutic yoga) is a program that was developed by Dr. Dan Libby of the Veteran Yoga Project (VYP) which includes practices that have been chosen based on the feedback of hundreds of veterans and active service members who suffer from the aftereffects of combat or other trauma. MR programs report improvements in mood, impulse behavior, irritability, concentration, and sleep.
There are five parts to Mindful Resilience training:
- Breathing – Techniques that can help relieve anxiety and can be used anywhere and anytime.
- Meditation – Enhances focus and concentration, settles the mind, and promotes a sense of wellbeing.
- Mindful Movement – Postures that bring the body through its natural range of motion to enhance strength and flexibility and reinforce the connection between mind and body.
- Guided Rest – Guided exercises can lead to deep and profound relaxation.
- Gratitude -Simple practices that promote a positive outlook.
And then we have the Equine Facilitated Therapy, used for personal development and learning that can be used effectively for both adults and youth where they are offered social activities based on their horse experience. This type of training provides positive results to improve cognitive functions including strategies for organized behavior and self-awareness with mindfulness skills as a recovery tool for individuals under enormous amounts of stress.
This therapy is also known to be beneficial in improving motor skills for those seeking treatment for cerebral palsy, Downs syndrome, autism, and sensory integration disorder. When this type of therapy is offered, we partner with equine and physical therapist.