Have you ever noticed how much music, dance, or an activity like painting or drawing relaxes you after a long day? That is because it is very therapeutic. They can help you interpret the feelings stored within pour into your design or movement and even help work through and resolve problems.
Creative and Expressive Therapy has been formalized through the disciplines of art therapy, sound therapy, dance/movement therapy, drama therapy, poetry therapy, and play therapy. Each format has been applied in counseling with individuals of all ages, particularly children, and referred to as “creative arts therapies”.
Expressive therapies are sometimes referred to as “integrative” when used to relieve stress or tension, or it can be used as a mode of self-discovery. Many people can stand to use some sort of creative outlet.
Break away from that social expectation, and see how freeing it is to let your creativity flow.
Individual approaches to creative arts therapy are defined as follows:
- Psychological/Psychiatric and behavioral disorders including autism, depression, learning disabilities, and developmental troubles
- Anxiety disorder
- Mood swings, or negative emotions, such as sadness, aggravation, anger, self-pity, and heartbreak.
It can also bring about:
- Clarity and balance
- Improved memory and concentration
- Improved sleep (both in quality and quantity)
- A stronger immune system
- Improved creativity
Heightened awareness, both of the self and the environment.
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