Location: Indiana, United States

I became a Professor Emeritus after serving 29 years as a recreational therapy faculty member at Indiana University. I'm a long-time Hoosier, having grown up in Hanover, Indiana. My RT practitioner work was in psych/mental health. After completing my Ph.D. at the University of Illinois, my first faculty position was at the University of North Texas. RT has been a wonderful profession for me as I have had the opportunity to serve as an author and national leader.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Workshop Concept a Good One for RT

Today I received the January 2009 E-Newsletter from Mental Health America of Greater Indianapolis (MHAGI). There I read that MHAGI will conduct a workshop for groups. The workshop title is "Balancing Your Life with Stress Management and Yoga Workshop."

The first part of the one-hour workshop covers tips on stress management. The remainder of the workshop is doing yoga exercises.

Among yoga's benefits were listed the following:
* reduced stress
* sound sleep
* reduced cortisol levels
* lower blood pressure
* lower heart rate
* sense of well-being
* reduced anxiety & muscle tension
* increased strength & flexibility
* slowing aging processes

The brief article announcing the availability of the workshop did not indicate who would be leading the workshop -- which I would think would be important, don't you?

But the thing that came to my mind is that RTs should be providing such workshops. Holding such workshops could be a source of revenue for an ATRA Chapter or for ATRA for that matter. What do you think?


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