Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz Discusses a Safe Approach to Rock Climbing

In Personal, Professionals on October 8, 2010 at 5:10 am

Avid nature-lover Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz says that time spent in the great outdoors is enriching. Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz especially enjoys outdoor recreational activities like hiking, bicycling and rock climbing. As a dweller in the American northeast, Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz knows first-hand the value of spending a day communing with nature.

For those who prefer more rugged recreation, Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz suggests rock climbing. Rock climbing is not an esoteric fad, notes Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz, but an age old practice that explores the relationship between human and landscape. Two factors vital to effective rock climbing, says Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz, are a solid grip and good balance.

Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz says that a good grip, however, does not mean a tight grip. Squeezing or clutching at the rock, says Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz, tires out muscles more quickly, leading to setbacks like fatigue and cramps. Holding on to the rock with a vice grip, says Berkowitz, actually impedes fluid motion. Sometimes on a difficult patch of rock, adds Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz, a person will tighten their grip because they are nervous. The key is to relax, maintain a firm grip that is not too tight and examine the rock for the route ahead. Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz especially cautions inexperienced climbers to stay focused on the route along the rock so as not to come up empty handed. There are forearm exercises, notes Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz, that will go a long way towards improving a climbing grip.

Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz also points out that rock climbing requires good balance. Rock climbing puts people in challenging positions, says Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz, and good balance helps climbers to maintain calmness, clarity and comfort as they navigate a path on the rock face. Before making a move, adds Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz, it is important to maintain a keen sense of one’s center of gravity. There are different climbing exercises, explains Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz, that will further help to develop a steady balance. Inquire with the local climbing community as well as contacting online resources, says Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz, to learn the best and latest balance exercises.

About the author

Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz is a skilled professional who has received the designations of MSE.d, CSW and LCSW. Initially, Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and then earned an MSE.d.

Later, Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz received a Masters of Clinical Social Work (CSW), which was followed by recognition as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).

Embarking on his chosen vocation path, Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Queens College, Flushing New York in 1994. Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz was certified as a school social worker and school Psychologist in 1997 at Long Island University, Brooklyn, New York and he earned a Masters of Clinical Social Work (CSW) from New York University in 1999. Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz was issued a certificate in 2000 as a Post Masters in Early Childhood and Adolescence Psychotherapy and Berkowitz obtained his Post Masters certificate in Gestalt Therapy from the Gestalt Association of Psychotherapy in New York City, New York in 2002.

Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz served as a special Education Instructor in the New York City Public Schools in Brooklyn from 1993-1994. Additionally, Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz logged experience as a school Psychologist and Social Worker with the Board of Education in Brooklyn, NY from 1994 until 2006. Berkowitz also served as a social work intern at Maimonides Psychiatric Outpatient in Brooklyn New York during 1998 and 1999.

During 1999 and 2000 Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz worked as an outpatient social worker, MSW, CSW at New Hope Guild in Brooklyn, New York. Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz also served as Administrative Assistant, MSW, and LMSW at Fordham Tremont Center in Bronx, New York 2003-2004. Additionally, Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz periodically offered his services as Clinical Social Worker, MSW, and CSW at the Jewish Board of Family & Children Services in Brooklyn New York from 2002 through 2006.

Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz served as the Administrative Director, MSW, and LMSW at the Bikur Cholim Department of Clinical Services in Rockland, New York in 2004 and 2005. Currently Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz maintains a private practice in Teaneck, New Jersey focusing on children, adolescents, couples, and families.

Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz can be reached by calling 646-338-5424 or by email at For more information go online to his website at

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