Isaac Farin Featured in redbook Magazine
These New Therapies Could Be Just What You Need
When Isaac Farin, a marriage and family therapist in North Miami Beach, FL, started skateboarding on a longboard (a long skateboard with wide wheels) in parks for fun, he found it to be an incredible outlet for stress relief. So he decided to start treating some patients by teaching them how to longboard and riding beside them. During or after the ride, he asks each client about what he or she saw, smelled, heard, and felt in order to get them to focus on the present. There's also a repetitive rhythm to the activity that puts you in what Farin calls a "flow" or "stoked" state of mind. "You enter a kind of trance," he says. The speed of the activity also provides an adrenaline rush that gets endorphins pumping throughout the body.
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