For many years, I was able to work at a local rehabilitation hospital as a Case Manager for individuals recovering and living with the results from neurologic trauma.
It was within this time that I honed the skills of Motivational Interviewing after discovering that many individuals “just wanted to get stronger” with no direction or particular activity or event and the expectation that therapy would just continue for some infinite time without addressing any perceived barriers to success. A more balanced and realistic approach resides in much smaller short-term goals with breaks from skilled PT that would include ongoing exercises for efficiency, mechanics, and endurance.
This approach applies to all bodies, not only those that are recovering from major injury, but also those that benefit from a daily devoted practice of movement. By utilizing Motivational Interviewing, the client is able to embody realistic goals for engaging more fully in their life in whatever way that is meaningful for them.