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Meet Your Warrior Self

What is Martial Arts Therapy?

Martial Arts Therapy is part of the family of evidence-based therapies that reach beyond the general parameters of "Talk Therapy" . These include Art Therapy, Movement Therapy, Music Therapy, Bibliotherapy and many others.


Martial Arts Therapy

  • Draws upon the principles and skills underlying traditional Martial Arts

  • Emphasizes the physical expression, exploration and release of emotional obstacles.

  • Offers an experiential approach consistent with learning theory and the latest findings in neuropsychology

  • Strengthens the internal state of calm, courage and compassion that cultivates confidence, resilience, and meaning.


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The martial arts and embodied distress tolerance in psychological therapy

Dr Syd Hiskeya ; Dr Neil Clapton

Private practice, The Oaks Hospital, 120 Mile End Road, Colchester, CO4 5XR

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, Chatsworth House, Bath Road, Swindon, SN1 4BP

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