Recent Art Therapy Research: Measuring Mood, Pain and Brain

Here is two recent art therapy studies of interest: 1) One focuses on the role of art therapy in possible improvement of mood and reduction of pain perception in patients hospitalized for medical conditions; 2) the second uses a common neurological instrument to compare cortical activity after art making with rote motor movements. Art therapy improves mood and reduces pain and anxiety when offered at the bedside during acute hospital

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Discover More Joy in Aging

Join us for an interactive, fun-filled morning focusing on how you can increase laughter and joy in your daily life. Discover joy in aging and how laughter has positive health outcomes. You will be laughing and at the same time learning the physical and emotional benefits of laughter and joy, including research in this area.

Art boosts long-term mental health – new study

Taking part in art classes can improve mental health and enhance social inclusion over a prolonged period, according to a new study published in the International Journal of Mental Health Promotion. Anglia Ruskin University conducted an evaluation of an NHS initiative, Open Arts Essex, which consisted of 12-week arts courses in community venues in the county. Participants included mental health service users, carers and self-referred individuals. The research looked at the

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Dance as an Integrative Therapy

Baron Jill R. Published Online:7 Jun 2016https://doi.org/10.1089/act.2016.29053.jrb Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. publishers A love of music and dance led Jill R. Baron, MD, MS, FAAFP, IFM, ABIHM, NCMP, to investigate the research on the clinical application of dance as an integrative therapy. Dr. Baron discovered that many dance types, including Zumba® and tango, affect both neurologic and psychologic health, and can help people who have a wide range of medical challenges. Now,

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15th Annual Florida Creativity Conference

Grow Your Creativity in Sarasota March 23-25, 2018 SARASOTA, FL. (February 15, 2018) – This year the 15th Annual Florida Creativity Conference will showcase 46 presenters from 9 states, as well as dynamic speakers from Colombia (South America) and The Netherlands. Personally and professionally, the importance of growing human creativity at this time in the 21st century cannot be overestimated. Innovation is also essential for business leaders, entrepreneurs, and educators. This

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Singing Your Way To Health And Healing

Singing during or after cancer treatment may be very beneficial. BY TAMERA ANDERSON-HANNA I love music and personally feel that playing an instrument or singing is an intimate and personal expression of the heart. Listening to music can be a way to connect with oneself, but it also can help calm or stimulate the brain and nervous system, depending what you listen to. As a parent, I was aware that children

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The Magic of Mandalas

In recent years, the popularity of adult coloring books has skyrocketed. Walk into most bookstores and you’ll find a rack of them, including perhaps the recently published Garden Life and Animal Life by Tim Phelps, professor and medical illustrator in the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Phelps specializes in medical illustration, but in his spare time, he creates intricate geometric

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Donna Papenhausen – Expressive Arts

Donna Papenhausen. I was excited to see one of our AFHS-M Professional Members pictured next to her paintings. Then, I became more excited thrilled when I realized the photo was of Donna at her art opening. I recall the first time I met Donna, it was at the Expressive Arts Florida, Pat B. Allen workshop, March 2014. Donna’s reflective drawing of a Goddess was powerful and moving to me. It

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