At Vista Taos Renewal Center, we understand that addictions affect all aspects of a your life - emotional, spiritual and physical. Our complementary therapies include massage therapy, yoga, meditation, and acupuncture. Alternative therapies have been used to assist in the treatment of physical and emotional illnesses.
Massage Therapy is one of the oldest treatments for alleviating pain and reducing stress. Research has shown that massage therapy during detox can assist in decreasing symptoms of withdrawal, reducing associated stress and may encourage greater participation in the overall treatment process. Benefits of massage therapy:
- Improved concentration
- Increased circulation
- Lessen symptoms of depression
- Reduces fatigue and cramping
- Releases endorphins
- Enhanced sleep quality
Yoga postures have been proven to relax both the body and the mind to improve one’s overall emotional well-being. Yoga helps reduce stress and tension, release anger, promote flexibility and positive energy, quiets the mind and heals the spirit.
Meditation has proven beneficial in allowing the mind and body to experience a sense of calm and well-being. Individuals practicing meditation may experience a decrease in blood pressure, heart rate and stress hormones as they develop a relaxation response.
Acupuncture is another alternative method used to treat symptoms of substance abuse withdrawal. Acupuncture can help reduce:
- Physical withdrawal symptoms
- Depression and anxiety brought on by withdrawal
- Body aches
- Muscle cramping
Equine Therapy has been found effective in promoting emotional healing, a key component in securing recovery from addictive disorders. The multiple benefits associated with equine therapy can also include physical and spiritual healing and growth which often occurs by the non-verbal nature of the therapeutic process.
Benefits of Equine Therapy:
- The opportunity to work closely with a large creature to overcome fear and create confidence. Your horse does not care about your past, only about how you act in the present. The horse does not judge you.
- Caring for a horse helps you to relearn the importance of touch, boundaries and personal accountability.
- Interacting with a horse is like looking into a mirror--your horse will react immediately and honestly to your behaviors and emotions, teaching you about yourself and how your actions and state of mind affect others.
- Caring for a horse also serves as a positive and soothing activity, a mechanism of self-care and self-soothing that is absent when active alcohol or drug addiction is present.
Complementary therapies are offered by skilled professionals to promote mind and body awareness.