Can exercise help with healing sexual trauma?

Many research studies have concluded that exercise matters. Most of the studies and articles that we see, videos that fall into our feeds, or discussions around groups of friends will […]

Many research studies have concluded that exercise matters. Most of the studies and articles that we see, videos that fall into our feeds, or discussions around groups of friends will tell you that exercise improves health, I can make you feel happier. Exercise has also been shown to have preventative benefits. The good news is the type of exercise may not be as important as taking the time to exercise at all.

But can exercise help a survivor of sexual violence heal after their trauma? Perhaps! Did the resource article share this week does not suggest that exercise can take the place of other healing modalities, it does seem that adding exercise in with other healing methods can be incredibly beneficial to the healing journey. 

In the past, SARCC has offered trauma informed yoga opportunities, dance opportunities, and self-defense courses. But all these things have in common is movement! There are also other ways that you can support your brain and your body after an experience of trauma. These include meditation, learning opportunities, music, or speaking with a counselor or therapist like the ones we have at SARCC.

Sexual violence is an experience that no one chooses. We do know from our work at SARCC the survivors can choose how they heal from it. Whether exercise is already a part of the healing toolbox, or you are exploring new ways to build your healing capacity, our counselors are available 24 hours a day to help with overcoming challenging times and identify opportunities for healing and support. Call 717-272-5308 to speak to a Lebanon Counselor, four call 570-628-2965 to speak to a Schuylkill counselor.

Resource of the week: Exercise to support trauma healing

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