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Mindfulness-based walk and talk therapy provide a unique opportunity to practice being in the moment while working through concerns. You and your therapist walk together while conversing. There are many therapeutic advantages to this type of therapy.
First, the rhythmic nature of walking provides a soothing, predictable, and comforting context from which to move into deeper work.
Second, the motor cortex becomes activated with the movement of your legs and arms – this stimulation provides communication between your brain hemispheres, which acts on a neurological level to assist in the processing of trauma. This activation is similar to the rapid eye movement in sleep in which, it is believed, is greatly involved in the processing of emotional and cognitive content.
Third, anxiety and stress activate the sympathetic nervous system – your fight and flight response. Walking and movement help to decrease the sympathetic nervous system response, essentially decreasing stress on a physical level.