Have you ever visited the magnificent Wye valley in Herefordshire?
If you have, you will know that this county and the Wye valley has a stunning array of countryside and landscapes. This is why I have introduced WALKING & TALKING therapy to my practice.
Being outside in the fresh air, walking alongside a river or along a pathway that is full of wildflowers, or under the shade of a beautiful row of trees. A beautifully planted park with the scent of newly mowed grass whilst feeling the warmth of the sun on your face and body is very relaxing and healing.
Being outside increases our senses and the experience is meditative, mindful, grounding and very relaxing. This form of therapy encourages us to appreciate the sounds of birds, the sound of the wind in the trees, sounds that don’t include industrial noise, or social noise. We know that exposure to urban noise has tripled in the last thirty years.
One of the best ways to help improve our mental health is to get moving and EXERCISE. We all know why because it helps us to:
- Get fitter-gentle or vigorous walking at the client’s pace encourages clients to become more physically active and this establishes new positive patterns of behaviour that are supported by me.
- I accompany and encouraging them to reach their goals.
- Walking enables clients to unravel their thinking as they walk focus on new horizons.
- Nature helps us to understand ourselves.
- It helps develop individuality.
- It reminds us that nature is the sphere of momentary sensations, colours and shapes.
- Walking in nature reminds us that problems and issues can be transitory and that they can be brief or short-lived and that we can alter our thinking to overcome uncomfortable sensations.
- It provides us with an opportunity to explore nature so that we are reminded that we must value its benefits rather than dominate or exploit nature.
- It decreases symptoms of stress.
- It relieves anxiety.
- It creates a sense of well-being.
- It increases psychological well-being confidence and self-esteem.
- It improves sleep.
- Exercise improves memory and cognitive functions, and it creates new positive neurons by stimulating the connections.
- It creates the formation of positive endorphins Serotonin and Dopamine.
- It relaxes both the body and the mind.
- You enjoy fresh air which helps to stimulate a positive and energizing outlook on life.
ENJOY A 45 MINUTE WALK AND TALK THERAPY SESSION WHICH WILL HELP YOU TO RELEASE POSITIVE BRAIN ENDORPHINS
Walking and Talking Therapy is as the title suggests, You the client and me therapist are outside walking and talking during your therapy session instead of sitting inside and discussing your issues.
My clients have said that they experience substantially more from their sessions by being in a natural and positive environment, they enjoy the relaxed format that is both spontaneous and active both literally and metaphorically. By including motion and movement to the session it certainly enriches the session.
If you feel challenged by sitting face to face with a therapist in the traditional sense, then walking therapy offers a change in structure. The parallel format helps create easier social interaction and because you look forward whilst walking this promotes relaxation which helps clients become more productive.