Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Sierra Tucson to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Sierra Tucson.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Experiential Therapy & Yoga

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Walking the Walk, Beyond the Talk
By Sunni Knowlton
Therapeutic & Recreational Activities Facilitator & Yoga Specialist

After many years of research and personal work delving into countless modalities of therapy and holistic healing, I’ve come to believe something: While talk therapy is extremely beneficial and therapeutic, integrating the body (physical sensation and awareness) with the mind and spirit produces astounding results in the physiological, psychological, and mental well-being of the person seeking help.

Sierra Tucson not only provides excellent traditional methods of therapeutic practices, but also incorporates integrative and experiential/recreational therapies that offer holistic body/mind experiences. Individualized treatment incorporates innovative techniques that draw on age-old practices in ancient cultures from around the world to bring about transformation, healing, and change.

In the Therapeutic & Recreational Activities Program at Sierra Tucson, we offer adventure therapy, equine-assisted therapy, yoga and meditation, hiking, outings, expressive arts groups, movement groups, personal training, and hydrotherapy, to name a few. Sierra Tucson now facilitates this program seven days a week and it continues to grow.

Mind-Body-Spirit Connection
In my years of study and practice, I’ve come to believe that the body is the physical representation of the soul. The human body touches a person’s psyche, releasing and allowing shifts in awareness, insight, perception, and perspective. Research studies continue to reveal that using techniques taught in practices like yoga and Somatic Experiencing® Therapy help people to accept and integrate emotions and thoughts while remaining in a calm, relaxed state. They also help to regulate brain chemistry by accessing and activating the parasympathetic nervous system (PSN), which is responsible for returning an individual to a calm state after a fight-or-flight response. Using therapeutic touch and integrative techniques, we assist in the transformation process, which is an honor and a privilege. At Sierra Tucson, we consider this responsibility to be sacred, maintaining the utmost respect for, and providing confidentiality to, our residents.

By learning these techniques and knowing how to use them effectively, a person is better able to self-regulate moods and cravings, and learns how to de-escalate emotions when facing a crisis. In essence, the individual understands how to self-soothe, which empowers him/her to nurture, calm, and comfort himself/herself.

By practicing pranayama, or controlled breathing, and the asanas, or physical postures, in yoga, we can have a relationship with our body in new and healthy ways. Sierra Tucson residents are offered many diverse styles of yoga and customized classes. We focus on core strength and alignment, restorative poses, gentle yoga for chronic and acute pain, yoga nidra (guided yogic sleep), inversion therapy, and chair yoga. Many residents share with me that they have found peace, support, self-love, confidence, and empowerment for the first time in years—or ever.

Benefits of Yoga and Pranayama

  • Increased feelings of being centered, calm, and grounded
  • Neutralizes intense emotional feelings/induced self-regulation
  • Improves sleep patterns and promotes rejuvenating rest
  • Lowers depression, blood pressure, anxiety, PTSD, cravings, feelings of helplessness
  • Improves overall mental and physical well-being, core strength, flexibility, stamina and spatial awareness; creates a more positive, optimistic outlook on life
  • Accesses and balances both hemispheres of the brain, improving balance, awareness, coordination, and connection to a higher power
  • Reduces chronic and acute pain; increases range of motion in joints
  • Promotes acceptance, love, and compassion for self and others

Experiential Therapy
Experiential therapy, such as equine-assisted and adventure, can shift a resident’s treatment experience and overall perspective. When engaged in the challenge or activity, the individual is often asked to look inward and work on himself/herself in the areas of communication, trust, accountability, self-care, asking for help, taking healthy risks, letting go, and facing fears. This work becomes internalized, as he/she is most often fully engaged physically, mentally, and emotionally. Thus, the experience is ingrained in both body memory and psyche. When a resident accomplishes a challenging physical task with the help of peers—something that was thought to be impossible an hour earlier—his/her mind expands. In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, “The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions.”

Sierra Tucson’s Therapeutic & Recreational Activities Program encourages authenticity and courage in taking healthy risks and trying new behaviors. Once the activity is finished, the staff processes the experience with the residents, offers feedback, and asks questions that may reveal new insights that can be applied to their recovery and their lives. It is truly inspiring and rewarding to see the change and transformation take place, and the inner peace that ensues.