Brookhaven Retreat Offers New Weekend Health Class

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Brookhaven Retreat, a residential treatment facility exclusively for women with mental health and/or substance abuse issues, is offering a new weekend health class designed to help women walk toward recovery.

A new weekend health class will complement current nutrition course offerings at Brookhaven Retreat. This new class will focus on walking for health, and will add an additional physical component to the current nutrition program.

The new class, taught by Donita Berry, will be taught in a 12-week cycle and will focus on balancing internal systems by clearing the bloodstream, maintaining proper posture and creating mental tranquility.

When women experience depression or trauma, chemical reactions in the body are affected. This course focuses on triggering normal liver function that causes a chain reaction in the body, synchronizing inner systems and cleansing them of imbalances. When the body feels better, the mind feels better.

The course also focuses on the link between posture and mental health. Proper posture allows for unobstructed flow of air into the lungs and blood stream, and affects disposition. Women learn to project a positive image through posture, thus changing how they feel about themselves as well as how others react to them.

Each class will begin with a short yoga routine and breathing exercise. Women will start the walking exercise by walking away from something and end the class walking toward something with their heads held high and hearts open.

The one thing Donita hopes all women will take away from the course is a sense of how to use its skills to nurture mental health. “They will remember, in that one single moment when they need to, the techniques taught at Brookhaven Retreat, and keep their heads up.”

About Brookhaven Retreat
Brookhaven Retreat is a women's treatment center nestled on a naturally beautiful 48-acre site secluded in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. It has helped hundreds of women across the United States overcome depression, trauma, anxiety, substance use and a range of other behavioral health challenges. Brookhaven’s Founder, Jacqueline Dawes, has predicated its gender-specific treatment on “healing emotional breakage” for women. In this way, she has established a sanctuary and a place where women can feel safe, secure and cared for by a staff of highly trained professionals.

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