Warrior Institute was created in response to the increasing need for services for our wounded military and families. By combining evidence-based physical and psychological interventions with advanced technologies and emerging medical sciences of biofeedback and recreational therapy, they provide comprehensive rehabilitative and transitional services for military veterans and their families.
Warrior Institute programs goal is to increase the quality of life of their program participants. Programs are specifically designed to improve the functional independence in the participants by developing or enhancing stress management techniques, physical strength and endurance, social networks and the emotional balance and psychological well-being of each individual. Warrior Institute is able to achieve this goal through biofeedback training, group setting and peer-to-peer interaction, recreation participation and also in a nature based setting.
The primary services that are offered by Warrior Institute are an advanced combination of biofeedback and recreational therapy services.
Recreational Therapy programs include many different outdoor activities including kayaking, canoeing, hiking, biking, swimming and camping within the local community, in addition to other fitness based opportunities such as personal training, yoga, and indoor rock-climbing.
Biofeedback training is an additional training component that is facilitated during the recreational programs. It is a simple method of breathing that helps control physical reactions to stress and anxiety. The biofeedback equipment utilized is small, noninvasive, portable and waterproof so that it can be used anywhere.
This approach to enhance health and wellness unique to Warrior Institute and the participants.
With a variety of levels of the programs, individuals can choose to participate in day long recreational excursions, week long paddle trips or even receive personalized one-on-one attention with their specialist.
The Warrior Institute also operates a coffee shop which is located in the Millhopper Public Library, 3145 NW 43rd St., Gainesville, FL 32606. Proceeds from the shop support ongoing recreation programs, which are either free or at a very low cost for veterans to participate in. Warrior Institute is headquartered in Gainesville, Florida, but offers recreation programs all over North Florida.
Here are some upcoming programs that are available to veterans.
APRIL 27-28: Part I: Warrior Expedition Intro at Camp LeJeune with WWBn-East WAR Program
MAY 18-22: Part II: Warrior Expedition to Bear Island, NC with Camp LeJeune WWBn-East WAR Program
To participate or learn more, visit http://www.warriorinstitute.org/.