Walk and Talk…
Let’s shake things up a bit
Walk and talk therapy. What the heck is it? Well, it is just what it sounds like. We walk as we talk for your therapy session. Research shows that exercise is great for both your physical health and your mental health. It has been shown to help reduce anxiety and depression, and rhythmic movement can aid in the self-discovery process. Of course, the endorphins released and the improved blood flow and oxygen to the brain are added benefits to the process as well. In addition, when you are trying to work through a difficult situation, sometimes it is easier walking side by side with someone instead of in a traditional face to face posture. I like to say it helps us avoid that “bug under a microscope” feeling.
Walk and talk therapy allows you space to think and process what you are feeling. It also encourages you to be more present. After all, when you are slouched in a chair, it is easy to disconnect with your surroundings and focus only on problems. When you are actively moving and walking, you have to focus on your body and movement making you focus on being present.
During nice weather, walking outside is wonderful and this is definitely an option. There is something about being in nature that is healing. However, we live in Montana where that isn’t always possible or desired. So how do we incorporate this wonderful release of endorphins in our sessions during inclement weather at Solutions? We have installed two treadmills inside so you and the therapist can each set your own pace, you can enjoy the outdoor view, and you can enjoy your therapy session while experiencing the added benefits of activity. In addition, if you are uncomfortable walking around town for confidentiality purposes, you can remain in the office the entire time. If you are reading this somewhere other than locally and find this idea interesting, just let your therapist know about it. Perhaps they would like to get out and get moving just as much as we do.