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What Are Healing Arts?

Healing arts are holistic practices that promote healing, wellness, coping, lifestyle shifts. In addition to the traditional healing arts, there are many other forms of expression, connection and self-development that can play a key role in wellness . These can be practiced with the guidance of a teacher, therapist, practitioner, but can also be incorporated into your life on your own to gain enrichment, self-awareness, self-care, tools and techniques for lifestyle modification:

  • Laughter and humor are good for our immune system and can shift our perspective and create connections with others. 

  • Sound bath healing reduces stress and can place the listener in a meditative state. Practitioners offer their services as an alternative treatment for problems like anxiety, chronic pain, sleep disorders, and PTSD.

  • Meditation and coaching can bring us into a state of deep relaxation that can help us cope and feel connected with nature or a universal source of being. 

  • Yoga Releases Emotional Blockages Every experience in the mind is accompanied by shifts in the body’s chemistry. When you say, “I feel anxious” (or angry, depressed, disappointed, etc.), you’re acknowledging that your body is generating disturbing sensations. Feelings are so named because we feel them in our body. These sensations result from changes in hormone levels and in the pattern of nerve firings within your nervous system. These physiological shifts can persist long after the emotionally upsetting experience that first triggered them. Over time, you mind-body system reflects your emotional history. Through yoga, you can release the emotional toxicity stored in the body. Just as changing thought patterns can influence the body, changing the position of the body can influence the mind and facilitate emotional release. As you stretch your muscles and expand your range of motion, you shift the bodily patterns that trap emotional pain. Yoga poses, breathing practices, and meditation releases the constriction and free the flow of the vital life force energy known as prana.

  • Although you can feel the healing effects of yoga after just one session, a regular practice is required if you want to experience the full benefits yoga offers. Perform yoga poses on a regular basis, and your mind and emotions will transform

  • Relating to pets can help us feel calmer and foster a feeling of closeness and understanding with another being.

  • Cooking or gardening can stimulate our senses, relax the mind and bring a deep sense of satisfaction. 

  • Engaging in any creative process is healing. It is a way of knowing yourself better on the deepest levels, connecting with others (human or pet), regulating your responses to stress and communicating your inner experience. 

  • Even making small changes in our environment supports us on physical and emotional levels by bringing in natural light, art, color and pleasing sound—each having a profound effect on our nervous system and feelings of well-being.

 All these approaches have been shown to have a positive impact on improving health, coping with illness, supporting caregivers, and enhancing healthcare environments. 

The healing arts are being incorporated more and more into healthcare as research demonstrates their positive impact on patient satisfaction with the healthcare experience and on health outcomes for a wide variety of health conditions.  

Studies show that they can help patients with their physical, mental and emotional recovery on many levels, particularly by relieving anxiety and decreasing pain. By reducing stress and loneliness and providing opportunities for self-expression, the healing arts can be a healing tool to improve a hospital environment. At a time when patients may be fearful and uncertain about their health or undergoing medical interventions, the gentle, personal attention given by practitioners of the healing arts can be especially beneficial. 

Patients receiving these therapies often report higher satisfaction with their overall medical care, emphasizing the expansion of treatment options, caring interactions with providers, increased self-care skills, and an enhanced sense of empowerment. Studies also indicate that healing arts and integrative therapies can fill gaps in treatment effectiveness, particularly for patients with complex, chronic health conditions and those seeking health promotion and disease prevention.

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