KARATE THERAPY PROGRAM
California Palms offers Tae Kwon Do therapy in an effort to address the significant physical damage caused by substance abuse and to make patients aware of the connection between the mind and body in the healing process. Grand Master Sam Naples an eighth degree master teaches Tae Kwon Do at California Palms.Our goal is to positively impact our patients’ overall health and make them aware of the very real link that exist between the brain and the rest of the body.
Tae Kwon Do is a Korean combat system that is most known for its flashy high kicks. The name translates as, to strike and break with feet and fist. Presently the most popular martial art in the world. When an individual is suffering from chemical dependency, every part of them breaks down, including their physical health. Chemical dependency quickly disrupts the brain’s natural chemistry and upsets the harmony between one’s body and mind.
Healing through Karate and Exercise
Practicing martial arts allows a patient in recovery to regain their physical health. Abusing alcohol or drugs causes great harm to the body, and practicing martial arts can help restore health. * Self-discipline is essential to a successful recovery. Many good things in life require persistent effort and a bit of sacrifice. By learning martial arts, the individual will be able to extend this discipline to other areas of their life.
Integrating Fitness into Everyday Life
People who become addicted to substances tend to suffer from low self-esteem. Those who devote themselves to these arts will gain mastery over their body and minds. This will greatly increase their confidence and self-esteem. If people are bored in recovery it will leave them feeling unsatisfied. This means that they will be more likely to relapse.
By taking up a martial art, the individual will have something constructive to do with their time. Early recovery can be a stressful time. It is often described as an emotional rollercoaster. This type of physical activity gives people the opportunity to release some of their pent up tensions. The meditation aspects of these martial arts can also be wonderful for helping people to be better able to handle stress.