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  • Writer's pictureJane Shackell

Walking/Talking Therapy

Updated: Feb 9


The Healing Power of Movement and Mindfulness.


In today's fast-paced and technologically driven world, finding effective ways to manage mental health and well-being away from our phones is essential. While traditional therapy sessions conducted in an office setting have their merits, walking and talking therapy is gaining recognition. This unique therapeutic method combines the benefits of physical exercise, mindfulness, and the soothing presence of nature, offering a holistic approach to healing.



Mind and Body Together.





Walking and talking therapy not only provides psychological support but also offers physical advantages. I have had years of experience as a Personal Trainer and understand that as clients engage in gentle exercise, their bodies release endorphins, natural chemicals that boost mood and reduce stress. The rhythmic movement of walking stimulates blood flow, promoting cardiovascular health and improving overall fitness. By engaging in regular exercise during therapy sessions, individuals may experience increased energy levels, improved sleep patterns, and enhanced physical well-being. The client sets the pace although time spent sitting on a bench is beneficial.


In a non-judgemental environment clients are able to freely express themselves. The absence of a confined space can create a sense of openness, making it easier to communicate and explore emotions. This approach can be particularly helpful for individuals with social anxiety, as the focus shifts from face-to-face interactions and the fear of eye contact, to the surrounding environment. The gentle rhythm of walking can also have a calming effect, making it easier for clients to express their thoughts and emotions without feeling overwhelmed. The fear of judgement and embarrasement are all eased.


This approach can significantly reduce stress and increase feelings of wellbeing. It encourages clients to be present in the moment and practice mindfulness. The sights, sounds, and scents of nature provide a soothing backdrop for introspection, promoting a sense of calm and grounding. Being immersed in nature allows individuals to connect with their surroundings, fostering a greater appreciation for the present moment and enhancing self-awareness. Research has shown that spending time in nature can improve mood, reduce anxiety, and increase overall feelings of happiness and well-being.


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