Ski therapy

Posted By: The Ski Channel on November 9, 2009 4:10 pm

“Approximately 20% of the general population has levels of hostility high enough to be dangerous to their own health,” Anger Kills! (1993), Redford Williams, M.D., and Virginia Williams, Ph.D., page 183.

“Anger, negativity, hostility and rage are behavioral issues with severe consequences.  Through a curriculum that offers psychological education, clients learn about the evolutionary development of anger, the process of anger, and explore attitudes.  Through the ski milieu clients develop body-awareness and experience somatic discharge of angry feelings.  The therapy is supplemented by neuro-feedback devices that measure sympathetic nervous system arousal (“fight-flight-freeze” response) and develop skills to transition into a healthier state.”

This is from the Ski Therapy website. These are a group of therapists who offer counseling in front of the best backdrop we can think of. Skiing. There are programs designed to treat anger, grief, trauma, addiction recovery, life transitions and couples therapy—all treatments center on skiing as a therapeutic catharsis.

In addition, they offer a performance program, where either individuals or teams can learn how to communicate better, personally and publicly. Teams can bond through skiing. Is there any better way?

The program is based in Colorado, at Beaver Creek, Vail, Keystone, Breckenridge, Copper, and Winter Park & Mary Jane ski resorts

Here’s more from their website, regarding their couples therapy program:

“Relationship dynamics can be worked with in a novel environment by the family group and counselors.  Ski Therapy emphasizes nonviolent communication skills, practicing and tolerating contact, and examining unspoken family patterns within the relationship network of the family.  Deeper work, if permitted by the appearance of emotional safety, such as addressing “triggers” through EMDR or Brainspotting can happen individually or in a supportive group.  These group or pair therapy experiences are modulated by the skiing activity and supported by individual work.”

For more, visit their website here.

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