Well-being through group exercise: immigrant women’s experiences of a low-threshold training program
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Original versionLuth-Hanssen, Fougner M, Debesay J. Well-being through group exercise: immigrant women’s experiences of a low-threshold training program. International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care. 2020 https://dx.doi.org/10.1108/IJMHSC-06-2019-0059
Purpose: Immigrant women show a higher risk of mental health problems and report higher levels of musculoskeletal disorders. Norwegian psychomotor physiotherapy (NPMP) is a body awareness treatment that has been used to alleviate musculoskeletal disorders and mental distress. The purpose of this study is to explore immigrant women’s participation in a low threshold training group and identify what motivates and affects their attendance and well-being. Design/methodology/approach: The study is informed by a phenomenological approach. The data collection methods consisted of participatory observation and interviews. Observations and interviews were carried out between December 2016 and March 2017. Findings: The findings show that the content and context of the movement group, being able to participate in exercises wearing own clothes and relying on previous body experiences motivate the women to attend and continue in the training program. NPMP inspired group training takes into account women’s cultural preferences and values. The culture-sensitive approach to physical exercise seems to motivate attendance and contribute to social and mental well-being. Low threshold physical programs should, therefore, be considered to provide immigrant women with the opportunity to experience well-being and social participation. Originality/value: This study contributes to the better understanding and promotion of the physical and mental health of immigrants.
SeriesInternational Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care;
JournalInternational Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care
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