PHYSICAL TREATMENTSAlternative Exercise
We believe that movement is an essential element of physical and mental health. Healthy movement is vital for harmonizing mind and body, de-stressing, and developing natural grace and confidence.
Regardless of your age, gender, body shape, physical ability, and health status, you can find a form of movement that you’ll enjoy. For some, it may be sports and athletic activities; for others, it could be a meditative form of movement, such as yoga or Tai Chi. Your particular form of alternative exercise may be a spontaneous, dynamic activity or a controlled, fluid body movement combined with total relaxation of the mind. In the end, it really doesn’t matter what type of exercise you choose. What’s most important is finding a form of movement that brings together your body, mind, and spirit.
Move the body: design a plan that works for you
Many people try to meet their exercise needs by joining a local gym. But what if you’re either unable or uninterested in engaging in traditional gym-based workouts? Many of our clients come to us because they feel too self-conscious to go to a gym that’s crowded with slim, young, athletic people, exercising at high throttle. Some of our other clients have medical conditions that prevent them from participating in typical gym activities or group classes. Still others are simply not interested in gym exercises or sports; they would prefer to work out alone, but don’t quite know where to start.
At New Body – New Mind our goal is to help you develop an alternative exercise program that matches your personality, interests, lifestyle, fitness level, and health status. And even more importantly, we help you identify and practice exercises that you will truly enjoy.
How will we design your alternative exercise program?
To create your alternative exercise program, we will begin by discussing the types of activities you enjoy, the environment in which you would like to exercise, and what has and hasn’t worked for you in the past. We will also speak with you about your long-term goals. We will take into account any medical problems you may have to ensure that your exercise program does not aggravate any of your medical conditions. Finally, we will assess your current fitness level to make sure the alternative exercise program that we develop does not put excessive demands on your body.
We will work with you one-on-one, in a fun and non-judgmental manner, where you can celebrate who you are and gain confidence in your abilities. The goal will be to focus on the progress you make, not on what others can do. We will respect your body and be patient if you need more time to learn a specific exercise or movement. We will make necessary adjustments to your exercise regimen should you experience any discomfort or if you have difficulty maintaining the correct form while performing a particular exercise.
As the name of our practice implies, we believe in the connection between the body and the mind. To that end, our alternative exercise programs at New Body – New Mind are designed to promote purposeful movement of the body, with the mind fully engaged and focused throughout the entire process. This approach results in better engagement of the exercised muscles, faster motor learning, and greater retention. Furthermore, it has a relaxing effect and promotes balance in your life.
Because each of our clients has different exercise needs, we don’t follow pre-established protocols. Instead, we design a customized program for you. We tend to mix various exercise and movement retraining approaches from yoga, Pilates (on a mat and on a ball), gyrokinesis, dance, Alexander Technique, and Feldenkrais Method, as well as more traditional resistive exercises and stretches. We typically combine movement with breath, and we pay particular attention to your posture and quality of movement. Our ultimate goal is development of a mindful exercise program that improves your health, fitness, vitality, and confidence.
Support your exercise routine with hypnosis
Our clients who experience difficulties with fitting regular exercise into their schedule may benefit from a few hypnotherapy sessions to eliminate subconscious resistance, replace negative beliefs and thoughts with positive and constructive thoughts and beliefs, develop a positive attitude towards physical activity, build self-confidence, and increase motivation.
Learn all about hypnosis in our hypnosis section.