All Kinds of News for November 06, 2019
Equinox RTC, a residential treatment center for boys ages 14-18, integrates physical education and experiential activities into their daily programming to help students practice emotion regulation. This fall, Equinox RTC remodeled the hardwood floors in their gym to establish a regulation basketball court, complete with the Equinox logo at half-court.
While Equinox has a separate workout gym with equipment, this open space is used for basketball, Crossfit, and yoga classes. After the gym reopened, students began a 10-week yoga unit as part of their physical education program.
Whether it is shooting hoops during therapy sessions or kicking around a soccer ball with their peers, physical activity helps boys get out of their heads and into their bodies.
“Many of the boys we work with were introduced to mindfulness practices, like yoga, during wilderness therapy. As they continue to show up to weekly yoga classes and our daily mindfulness practices, they become more engaged and learn a lot of valuable lessons,” describes Admissions and Academic Director, Bryan Tomes. “Introducing boys to different kinds of exercises that aren’t all about competition helps them understand the bigger picture of how physical activity affects wellbeing.”
Incorporating physical activity and play into the therapeutic program helps boys practice how to build skills, communicate and relate to their peers, and find healthy forms of competition. Motion helps them with emotion regulation and encourages them to open up when they face challenges in the moment.
“As you can imagine, getting a bunch of boys in a circle to talk about issues, challenges, and dreams can be challenging. We try to support teen boys by incorporating more physical activity into our therapeutic program to help them feel safe enough to share,” explains Tomes. “Sports are just another version of play and it’s really good for them socially--to participate in these activities in a structured environment with their peers.”
The physical education program at Equinox isn’t just to help boys stay physically active, it is used as a tool to teach them important skills that they can use in a variety of settings, which helps them find long term success.
To learn more about physical education at Equinox RTC, visit their website here.
About Equinox RTC
Equinox RTC is a leading residential treatment center for boys ages 14-18. Equinox is unique in its focus on Trauma, Loss, and Attachment, providing clinically intensive treatment for boys struggling with anxiety, depression, OCD, ASD, learning disabilities, and other emotional and behavioral needs. Equinox offers a combination of clinically sophisticated support with a whole-person approach including adventure therapy, integrated Cross-Fit program, and a whole foods diet. Equinox provides a fully accredited school, with broad course selections taught by licensed teachers in a college-preparatory environment.