Our trained professionals use an integrative approach to both diet and lifestyle changes to improve their clients’ health. Working as a guide towards an overall healthier life, they will look at their clients’ nutrition patterns, relationships, physical fitness, spirituality, and more.
Given that each patient is different and each coach is different, there is never going to be one way to solve a given puzzle. For example, a client could ask their coach to help improve their self-esteem, and the coach could use nutrition therapy to help the client build confidence. Or, a coach with a background in yoga could use customized workouts to help relieve stress and work on a binge eating issue. Every client-to-coach interaction will be different based on the client’s needs and the coach’s various expertise.
Yoga is an art and science that connects the mind, body, and spirit through the practice of physical postures (asana), partnered with the breath (pranayama), and meditation practices. Adaptive yoga modifies these postures for persons with MS and other neuromuscular conditions.
Yoga is not a one-size fit’s all philosophy. Since every body is unique, and each individual’s practice in different, essentially all yoga is adaptive to some extent. With adaptive yoga, traditional poses are tailored to the physical body, rather than fitting and forcing the body into a particular pose and shape. Coupled with breathing , props such as blankets, chairs, yoga straps, and blocks to meet the unique needs of individuals with different abilities. Yoga poses can be adapted to be practiced in a chair, while standing, or on the earth.
Holistic Health Coaching
From living foods, to baking pastries that are good for the soul, we at Thatcher Brook Center enjoy applying a holistic approach towards life and social skills, as well as towards our fitness and cooking program activities. This is done through both engaging a healthy approach to fitness goals and by learning how best to incorporate living foods into daily routines. This allows the individual to express themselves in a positive manner, promoting continual growth. We offer free Holistic classes such as yoga, reiki, massage and essential oil therapy, meditation, and one on one health coaching throughout our weekly programs.
Thatcher Brook Center offers both a morning and afternoon community-based adult day program committed to offering the highest quality programming centered around our holistic approach and focused on teaching real life skills and social skills. Our clients design their own monthly calendars with a variety of community activities to pick from. Some of the activities our clients enjoy include Thai Chi, Adaptive Yoga, Reiki, Massage, Healthy cooking classes, Arts & Crafts, Special Olympics, Book Club, Drama Club, Performing Arts, Gardening, Hiking, American Sign Language, Dance, Wood Working, and much more! Our holistic approach offers our clients the opportunity to use and learn real life coping skills such as meditation and aromatherapy that they can use not only here at Thatcher Brook Center, but also at home and in the community.
Serving the high school students of York County, Thatcher Brook Center provides tailored school-to-work services involving both pre-employment and discovering personal genius.
Our Holistic Approach
Thatcher Brook Center offers high quality Career Planning Services. Career Planning, is also known as Discovering Personal Genius or D.P.G. "D.P.G. is a personalized way of identifying an individual's interests, skills and key vocational themes that help to shape a vocational profile and customized job/career development plan. Ultimately, DPG produces three overarching Vocational Themes and a clear picture of the work conditions necessary for individual career success, thereby refining job development and work site support facilitation. (http://www.griffinhammis.com/reliaslearning.html)
Morning & Afternoon Programs
Thatcher Brook Center offers high quality Vocational Rehabilitation Services to individuals with disabilities wishing to enter the workplace for the first time or wishing to re-enter the workplace. We also provide school to work transition services and job coaching to those who are already employed or who have becoming employed through Vocational Rehabilitation services or through long term supports (medicaid). The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation in Maine is part of the Department of Labor and can be reached by calling 1-877-594-5627. For information on job coaching through Medicaid please contact your case manager. In some circumstances we also offer private pay services.
Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.
A massage therapist is someone who treats clients by using touch to manipulate the soft-tissue muscles of the body. With their touch, massage therapists relieve pain, rehabilitate injuries, reduce stress, increase relaxation, and aid in the general wellness of their clients.
Our Massage therapists typically do the following:
Talk with clients about symptoms, medical history, and desired results
Evaluate clients to locate painful or tense areas of the body
Manipulate muscles or other soft tissues of the body
Provide clients with guidance on how to improve posture, stretching, strengthening, and overall relaxation
Massage therapists use their hands, fingers, forearms, elbows, and sometimes feet to knead muscles and soft tissue of the body in order to treat injuries and to promote general wellness. A massage can be as short as fifteen minutes or could last for more than an hour.
Massage therapists may use lotions and oils, massage tables or chairs, and medical heat lamps when treating a client. They may offer clients information about additional relaxation techniques or exercises to practice between sessions.
Massage therapists can specialize in many different types of massage, called modalities. Swedish massage, deep-tissue massage, and sports massage are just a few examples of modalities. Most massage therapists specialize in several modalities, which require different techniques. Usually, the type of massage given depends on the client’s needs and physical condition. For example, therapists may use a special technique for elderly clients that they would not use for athletes. Some forms of massage are given solely to one type of client; for example, prenatal massage is given to pregnant women.
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