If you’ve ever been rock climbing, you know the unbelievably good feeling you get when you conquer that wall and reach the top. Whether it’s on a fake wall or a real rock face, it gives you a feeling of accomplishment and confidence. That’s what rock climbing therapy and other adventure therapy activities are based on.

More and more studies have been delving into the field of adventure therapy and what it has to offer those who are struggling with mental health issues—like depression and anxiety. It’s no surprise that mental health can be affected by how you use your physical body, but we rarely take advantage of that strong connection.  

Rock climbing therapy shows promising results

In a recent study conducted by University of Arizona looked into the possible benefits of rock climbing therapy. The researchers discovered that bouldering–a type of rock climbing that involves climbing on boulders and other small formations that aren’t far off the ground, meaning no ropes are required–had the ability to decrease stress and improve symptoms of depression. 

In the study, participants would partake in 3 hours a week of bouldering over 8 weeks. They found that depression decreased substantially. The researchers believe that this is because bouldering offers a feeling of “immediate accomplishment” which gives you more confidence and releases “feel-good” hormones.  

They think adventure activities such as bouldering can act as an effective intervention for budding depression. A large part of depression is rumination; during the rock climbing therapy, they found that individuals had to stay focused and in the moment, which in turn kept them from ruminating.

Why we use adventure activities at blueFire

The study mentioned above is just one piece of evidence supporting the reason why we include adventure activities like rock climbing in our programming. Struggling teens often have issues with self-confidence and teamwork–adventure activities usually boost both of these areas.

At blueFire, we use kayaking, hiking, backpacking, biking, and many other physical activities to get our students out of their comfort zone so they can recognize their untapped potential. The wilderness offers many things that a therapeutic room cannot, which is exactly why we utilize both at blueFire.

blueFire Wilderness can help your family

blueFire Wilderness is a wilderness therapy program for teens. We help troubled teens, ages 11 to 17, grappling with depression, ADHD, addiction, defiance, and other emotional or behavioral problems. We understand that this is a difficult and confusing time for the whole family, but we’re here to guide your teen.
At blueFire, we strive to help each client find their inner confidence and succeed. We believe that through a balance of self-assessment, insight oriented therapy, outdoor living, adventure activities and academic focus these teens will find their true selves. We provide a supportive opportunity for parents and children to reconnect and strengthen their relationship.
For more information about rock climbing therapy at blueFire Wilderness, please call 1 (844) 413-1999 today.

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