Art therapy activities are the new age therapy methods that are slowly gaining prominence in nursing homes and hospitals. Art therapy is basically a technique used, where art is viewed, to help people and patients express their innermost intense feelings. It is known to have a lot of healing effects, and contribution to physical, mental and psychological healing. Generally the materials that are used for art therapy activities are paint, clay, charcoal, pastels, or other art materials of the similar kind. Art therapy is often used by child therapists an psychologists because children easily open up with the creative process of art and painting. This therapy came into existence somewhere in the 1930s.
How does art therapy work?
Following are some of the ways in which the art therapy activities can help in healing the patients-
�It elevates the mood of the person, gives him a boost and a feeling that he is engaged in a creative activity and is doing something worthwhile.
�It relaxes the patient as their heart rates, blood pressure and respiration slows down, and their self-awareness heightens.
Thus you can expect loads of benefits, if this is carried out. Art therapy sessions are usually conducted in small groups, in pleasant areas, with peaceful background music, and a tranquil mood. Generally the therapy is done with prior consultation with the general physician of the patient, and the art therapist explains its essentials.
Benefits and advantages of art therapy
Art therapy activities are known to have instant benefits to the patients. Following are some of them �
1.Due to the fact that the person is engaged in a creative process, there is sudden boost of self-esteem and confidence.
2.It helps the person in dealing with a number of problems such as stress reduction, illnesses such as irrational fears, outburst of emotions like anger and fear etc.
3.Art therapy activities are also known to have benefits alcohol and drug problems and other abnormal behavioral disabilities.
4.It is helpful in treating chronic diseases like Parkinson�s and Alzheimer�s etc.
It is important to choose a practitioner who is an expert at art therapy and has at least completed 15 semesters in art and psychology respectively.