The Aurora-Newmarket Family Health Team is excited to offer a new Mindful Walking Group program for patients starting in August 2023, co-led by the ANFHT’s Social Worker and Occupational Therapist.
Walk and talk therapies include physical movement in nature, which provide a range of benefits to participating members. In partaking in mindful walking, group participants are engaging in a therapeutic process outside of the traditional therapy room, where an opportunity to connect with nature and with others, and engage in a grounding experience exists. Through movement-based therapy we are also aiming to “build a healthy mind in a healthy body”. Mindful walking is a powerful antidote to depression and anxiety, and also increases feelings of self-worth as group members actively engage in a form of self-care.
The group will run on Tuesdays for five weeks starting August 15. Each walking session will be 45 mins in length and will include a brief stretching practice before we begin. Group members will have access to the walking route prior to the walk.
By walking together, we increase our sense of safety and connectedness while working toward mental and physical wellness. If you are interested in an outdoor, activity-based practice to manage chronic pain, stress, anxiety, depression, and procrastination, please consider joining!