Exercise & Movement

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At Monte Nido programs, we believe that clients’ healing is centered around overall body, mind, soul connections. It is this body-mind connection that we believe is vital to help ensure that your relationship with exercise will be a healthy one in the future. Just like we do with food, we hope that you will be able to develop a mindful and intuitive relationship with exercise in your recovery.The movement and exercise that you are exposed to in treatment will be guided by your multidisciplinary treatment team and will work in conjunction with our level system.

According to the latest research available in the field of eating disorders, it is important for us to integrate safe movement and exercise into our programs at every level of care. Each client will complete an assessment so we can tailor their movement treatment plan. Goals will be set and accomplishments will be reviewed weekly to make sure that we are making progress on your goal to develop an improved relationship with movement and your body.

Exercise and movement activities might include:

  • Mind / Body experiences
  • Weight training 
  • Yoga 
  • Nature walks
  • Dance and movement classes

We also specialize in the treatment of athletes. Since each athlete’s needs are unique and different we take particular care in treating each person on an individual basis. When lack of nutrition is combined with hours of exercise, the body gets broken down at a rapid pace and residential or inpatient treatment may be required as a way to relieve the vicious cycle of nutrition deprivation combined with excessive exercise. In situations with athletes it is often difficult for those involved (the athlete, parents, coaches) to determine where the “appropriate” amount of training and attention to diet ends and the eating disorder begins. We work hard to help individuals distinguish between healthy and excessive behaviors.

We are sensitive to the factors that may have played a part in the development of an athlete’s eating disorder. Ideas about perfection, pushing through pain, being in top physical form, focus on a low body weight and high muscle mass, demanding coaching and the prioritization of training and performance above all else can all factor into the development and maintenance of an eating disorder. All of this is to say nothing about the other areas in an athlete’s life such as school, family and social life that may also have an influence on the thoughts and behavior that make an eating disorder possible. Many of our therapists have struggled with an eating disorder or exercise addiction in their past, and have special insight into the experience of the person suffering. Our therapists maintain a calm, caring stance with the goal of helping the individual discover what he or she needs to be healthy and recovered. We believe that clients need to develop a sense of faith and trust in their body and that self-care is an important component of any training program. With the help of nutritionists, exercise trainers, psychiatrists and therapists we assist the client in developing a unique, healthy, balanced approach to exercise and nutrition.