Monday, September 2, 2019

Episode 22: Certified Running Therapist Rachel Reingewirtz

Episode 22 with Running Therapist Rachel Reingewirtz is available on most podcast apps, including Apple, Spotify, Google and Anchor!  This is our first in what we hope will be a series of episodes on running as therapy, hosting leading Running Therapists from across the globe...

Rachel on a daily run with young people in Israel
In this episode Rachel guides us on a very down-to-earth realistic view of the start and development of Running Therapy, and how she has seen its usefulness in action, from treating anxiety/depression to working with at risk youth in Israel. Being trained by its founder Thaddeus Kostrubala, MD (The Joy of Running and Paleoanalysis) who spearheaded research into slow long distance running actually being good for the body-mind-spirit in the 70s , she saw his foundation of all that would follow in neuroanalysis research and mindful running movements today. Through talk therapy while running, she is able to achieve much deeper and much quicker breakthroughs than in traditional therapy. We also discuss the overall therapeutic benefits of running, and hope for its development as a holistic mental health therapy and human connector, inspiration and possibility for treating many more mental health challenges in the future.  More details also on Rachel’s website:

  • Links to Dr. Kostumbala's groundbreaking work starting running therapy:

*Other Running Therapists whose work is widely available: 

SCOTT DOUGLAS's book "Running is my Therapy" (Runners World writer mentioned in podcast)
* WILLIAM PULLEN (UK Therapist) has been featured in several podcasts and articles as well for his work and book "Running with Mindfulness", as well as DRT Therapy method including a free APP (link below)

Therapist Dann McGann in North America, known for innovative work with 
teens and outstanding documentary film on this work, "Rx Run":
Trailer & Film Website:
Film on Amazon:

*Hey, there's an APP for that:

  1. You can find Dr. Pullen's free "DRT" (Dynamic Running Therapy) itunes/android.  
  2. You can also find several Mindful Running Meditations on INSIGHT TIMER (world's largest free meditation app) by searching for "Running Anthropologist".


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