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Treatments for your mind and body: Yoga and meditation

In an earlier post we discussed how physical well-being is as important as our mental well-being. At Retreat South we include yoga, relaxation and meditation as part of our treatment plans.

We were inspired by a recent news story about and 86 year-old  who teaches yoga at a mental health unit in Queensland, Australia.

“I see them walking out of the room much happier than when they walked in,” she said. That sounds like a good enough endorsement for yoga and meditation but new research has shown that yoga breathing exercises are actually beneficial to both our physical and mental health.

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania found the breathing techniques helped alleviate symptoms of depression in participants for people who were not responding to antidepressant treatments.

The breathing exercises were also helpful in stabilising blood pressure.  Even it the techniques are not exactly the same as those used in the studies, the positive results of yoga breathing and focus were noted for their help in reducing anxiety.
At Retreat South we offer intensive psychotherapy programmes and the yoga and meditation treatments prove useful in helping you reflect and relax in between sessions as well as help keep you feeling fit, healthy and happy during your stay with us.

We aim to provide a treatment programme that will benefit you in mind and body and every programme is customised to suit your needs. Contact us today to discuss how we can create a programme that is right for you.

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