Art Medicine is creative practices that promote healing, wellness, coping and personal change. Traditional healing arts include music, art, dance/movement, poetry/writing, and drama therapies. These approaches combine artistic expression with psychological awareness and communication and are led by therapists experienced in both areas.
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines holistic health as: “viewing man in his totality within a wide ecological spectrum, and … emphasizing the view that ill health or disease is brought about by an imbalance, or disequilibrium, of man in his total ecological system and not only by the causative agent and pathogenic evolution.1(p13)”
In the WHO 1946 preamble, health is defined as a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being rather than merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
This definition purports to tie health outcomes or changes in health as a result of an action. In this case, the connection is between arts participation and the psychosocial and biological manifestations of that connection.
Below we sight scientific studies that provide evidence that engagement with artistic activities, either as an observer of the creative efforts of others or as an initiator of one’s creative efforts, can enhance one’s moods, emotions, and other psychological states as well as have a salient impact on critical physiological factors.
Over the past decade, there has been a significant rise in chronic diseases. Many chronic conditions are associated with psychosocial difficulties, such as depression and chronic stress. Engagement with creative pursuits potentially reduces stress and depression, providing a mechanism to alleviate the burden of chronic disease.
National Center for Biotechnology Information – National Library of Medicine article “Music and the brain: the neuroscience of music and musical appreciation“. “Through music, we can learn much about our human origins and the human brain. Music is a potential therapy method and a means of accessing and stimulating specific cerebral circuits. There is also an association between musical creativity and psychopathology. This paper provides a brief review.”
National Center for Biotechnology Information – National Library of Medicine article “The Connection Between Art, Healing, and Public Health: A Review of Current Literature” – Heather L. Stuckey, DEd and Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH “This review explores the relationship between engagement with the creative arts and health outcomes, specifically the health effects of music engagement, visual arts therapy, movement-based creative expression, and expressive writing. Although there is evidence that art-based interventions are effective in reducing adverse physiological and psychological outcomes.
Art Medicine & Creative Healing Therapy
Chromotherapy is a method of treatment that uses the visible spectrum (colors) of electromagnetic radiation to cure diseases. for those in need of some time out from their daily burdens. To de-stress and soothe.
Chromotherapy is considered a type of alternative medicine treatment. It has been purported to help with a variety of conditions, including:
- High blood pressure
- Sleep disorders
- Skin infections
Sound healing and Vibroacoustic Therapy as the name suggests, involves using tones—whether music, speech or vibrations—to promote health. The ancient technique has been practiced for centuries, initially as a way to treat mental and physical illness in ancient Egypt, Rome and Greece. Today, sound therapy is used to promote physical and mental health, and the benefits are multifold. These sound healing exercise uses low frequency vibrations to increase cellular movement. This results in higher energy levels, increased mobility and reduced pain and inflammation.
Aromatherapy is the practice of using essential oils for therapeutic benefit. Aromatherapy has been used for centuries. When inhaled, the scent molecules in essential oils travel from the olfactory nerves directly to the brain and especially impact the amygdala, the emotional center of the brain.
Delivered in combination with Colour and Sound Therapy or as part of Candle-Making activities, combining colour therapy with aromatherapy and creative and artistic pursuits.
Autonomic Nervous System
The Colour of Sound and Frequency
Human Emotion Frequencies
The Colour of Sound, Frequency, Energy & Emotion