There are lots of research and studies regarding physical therapy and mental health. Physiotherapy in mental health care addresses human movement , movement function, physical activity and exercise in group and individual settings. I would like to say that these mechanisms and tools are also something we at Oak Park very much apply in our classes and during individual sessions.


Mental health is a topic of growing interest in society. Various mental health organisations are engaged in the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of people with different mental health disorders.  Unfortunately, neither physical training nor physiotherapy are considered to be a significant profession within mental health care. Reason being might be because of the role and added value it offers can remain unclear among patients and other health care providers. 


I would really like to get ahead of the conversation among health care providers and the general population as we all know that physical training with a coach and/or a supportive community can offer an extensive range of physical approaches (endurance training, strength training, functional movements, relaxation techniques like breath exercises or yoga and body awareness) and help improve mental health problems and disorders. Because these approaches are aimed at the enhancement of self-confidence, at symtom relief and the improvement of quality of life.  The core of the problem (as I see it) is the separation of mental health issues and physical movement. That the practice is being treated as two separate thing that we work on. As we sit down with all our students we talk through physical goals and behaviours. And the mental aspect cannot be separated from the physical approach.


Mental health refers to cognitive and emotional well being. It refers to how a person thinks, feels and behaves. Your mental health can effect daily life, relationships, the ability to enjoy life and even physical health. Most students I come across have some sort of physical pain, usually connected to emotions rather than physical trauma (injury). And every week I see students and community members for different reasons crying/struggling with mood/anger/frustration during a training session. I can see it in their eyes as they walk into class or to the session with me. And almost all the time – students walk out of training sessions feeling a little bit better than they did when they came. Your body responds to physical training. It will always be helpful for your mental health to train when you feel like  the least. And please – if you read this blog – try understand the absolute correlation between mental health and physical movement. They are not separate. 


Side note:

Kennys birthday workout on Saturday the 28th at the gym. 9am-12pm. Sign up for your heat! And coffee! New schedule for the women’s classes starting AFTER Thanksgiving. Tuesdays 7am, Wednesdays 8am, Fridays 8am. 


Thursdays WOD:

Aerobic Capacity


1000m Row

30 Push Ups

:30 Plank (each side) 

800m Run

30 DB Lateral Lunges

:30 Side Plank (each side)

1000m Ski


:30 L-Sit

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