Mr. Hughes reminds Ms. Hooper about the repetitive one-sidedness of garden tasks like raking. Making a habit of deliberately twisting in the other direction can help counterbalance the effect.

Power in the Mind, and the Hips

Mr. Hughes’ method applies a cognitive slant to conventional learning. He works with clients to change undesirable behaviors and adhere to the belief that if you “train the mind, the body will follow,” according to his approach places a cognitive slant on traditional training.

“When you take medicine, there’s also a psychological impact on your body. You’re not using it correctly,” said Ms. Hooper. “However, when you get the solutions, it feels so much better because forming a new habit is pleasant to your body. Now that I garden again, I feel in total control of my body — which is quite different from before.”

Mr. Hughes is quick to point out that he isn’t performing any sort of medical treatment. “I’m simply looking for the source of the problem,” he added with a chuckle. “And we stop generating it.”

While his top takeaways were more spiritual, the one he identified was practical: “If I can give someone something they will do, they will do it.” It’s not a very good fix if you offer them something that will cure them but won’t get done.”