Nutrition, Fitness, and Leisure
Recreation Therapy uses purposeful, structured activities to help improve psychological and physical health, social skills, and quality of life. At Parkside, Recreational Therapists offer patients arts and crafts, community outings, fitness, leisure education, and cooperative games. Recreational Therapists will use the issues that surface during activities to help patients develop better insight, judgment, and interpersonal skills.
What is Yoga?
The word yoga means "union" in Sanskrit, the language of ancient India where yoga originated. Most people think of the union as occurring between mind, body and spirit. Often, people think about yoga as the practice of poses or physical postures. While, there is more to it than just positions and stretching, yoga has been widely accepted as means of improving balance and general physical wellness.
Yoga can help with:
- Back and neck problems
- Menopause & pre-menstrual syndrome
- Stress disorders, including anxiety and insomnia
Benefits you can expect include:
- Improved sleep
- Ease in breathing & better lung capacity
- Greater strength & balance
- Improved circulation
- Improved flexibility
- Increased awareness & concentration
- Reduced anxiety
- Improved physical & general wellbeing
You can get an introduction to yoga and try it yourself at home or in the office with professional instruction from this Meghan Donnelly video which can also be found on Parkside's Facebook Fan Page. Parkside's clinical staff has also had the benefit of some of this professional instruction. We hope to inspire you, to help get you started, reducing your stress and working toward a healthier you.