WHAT IS THE APPLICATIONS OF AIKIDO IN MENTAL HEALTH?
Aikido can help the therapist in relation to violent or potentially violent patients. Aikido black belt, has given several examples of this practical use of Aikido with patients. According to Pashenz, one possible use of Aikido training combined with therapy is to begin to develop a relationship with those who ordinarily refuse to become involved with any adult authority figure;for example, acting out adolescents. Another such group is bright underachievers who have built up blocks against verbal situations. Also, Aikido can be useful along with psychotherapy, in either a supportive role or as a supplemental, nonverbal form of therapy in itsown right.
Traditional Aikido practice itself stresses relaxed, supple movements, free from any form of rigidity, whether physical or mental. This training can be extremely effective in eliminating habitual physical tension as well as psychological rigidity. It can help patients deal with fears and aggressiveimpulses, and develop a…
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