Physical Fitness.. An Important Part of Your Recovery
Fitness therapy is an important and beneficial part of the addiction recovery process. Exercise enhances an individual’s physical well-being and helps them to build strength while in rehab. Regular exercise increases endorphines and has been proven to reduce cravings in users.
At The Cabin Chiang Mai, we offer daily Fitness Therapy ranging from aqua exercise to cardio fitness, personal training, yoga, pilates, mountain biking and body contact. Fitness Therapy gives our patients mental clarity and every individual that recovers at The Cabin receives a customised Fitness Therapy programme tailored to their individual needs and desires.
Cardio exercise in particular is linked to neuro-genesis (growth of new brain cells) which is thought to elevate mood and therefore offset depression and other mood disorders.
As part of our physical therapy programme, yoga classes are held throughout the week. Yoga has many therapeutic benefits such as increasing flexibility and increasing the lubrication of joints, ligaments and tendons. Through the different “asanas” or postures in yoga, you actually massage the internal organs and glands of the body. Through stimulation and massage of the internal organs, Yoga also helps the body to flush out toxins in the body. By keeping the body nourished and free of toxins, it promotes anti-aging and an increase in energy. Yoga is also an excellent form of fitness therapy to tone muscles.
Though yoga has a wealth of physical benefits, many believe the mental benefits outweigh the physical. Yoga helps to harmonise the mind and body. Through the practice of yoga, you are able to enter a meditative state which promotes balance and stability. Those individuals recovering from addiction will find the ability to reach mental clarity and feel emotionally stable a rewarding part of yoga. At The Cabin Chiang Mai, we combine Hatha and Vinyasa forms of Yoga to create a one hour gentle and holistic strengthening programme.
Each individual that recovers at The Cabin will be given a personal training programme designed to restore them to a physically healthy state. At The Cabin Chiang Mai, we understand that every person is different and we will work with you to develop a programme tailored specifically to your individual needs and taking into account your abilities and the stage your treatment for addiction has reached. Aspects of your personal training programme may include cardio fitness, aerobics, weight lifting, resistance exercises and other forms of fitness therapy.
Our experienced staff lead a one hour mountain biking tour, providing our patients with a physical workout in a natural, healthy outdoor environment. Groups are led through some of Thailand’s most beautiful rice paddy fields located just outside The Cabin offering a fitness endurance therapy combined with the mental benefits of fresh air and beautiful landscape scenery. Mountain biking is an ideal fitness therapy because it builds leg strength, optimises fat burning and works the cardio vascular system. Mountain biking is a great social activity which you can take with you when you leave our rehab centre.
Aqua Fitness Therapy
Aqua fitness therapy has many benefits such as reducing pain, increasing flexibility and reducing blood pressure and stress. Water actually supports and massages the body as you exercise. At our treatment centre, our aqua fitness classes include a combination of resistance and isometric exercises that can be used to build strength and muscles. Our fitness instructor Kwan leads our aqua therapy classes in our stunning riverside swimming pool.
Pilates focuses on building strength in the core postural muscles that provide support for the spine and help to keep the body balanced. The elements of Pilates are structural alignment, breathing to expel toxins from the body, learning to use your core to coordinate movements, concentration, muscle control, precision, flowing movements and enhancing flexibility.
The Cabin’s Body Combat class is an optional cardio fitness therapy that gets our patients back into shape, builds strength and helps them to lose weight. Tai, our body contact fitness instructor, uses therapy techniques such as pushups, sit ups, jumping rope, shadow boxing, heavy bag, and free weight boxing to build strength and endurance in the body. The combination of sparring jabs, power punches, kicks and aerobics burns calories. A cardio programme is a good way to transition into gym classes following rehab. Body combat also gives you a sense of empowerment and inner strength.