We consider ‘Healing Arts’ to include arts and crafts. Merriam Webster Dictionary defines art as “something that is created with imagination and skill that is beautiful or that expresses important ideas or feelings.” Crafts are defined as “activities that involve making something in a skillful by the way of using hands.”
Working on art projects can help release pent-up energy and frustration. Art modalities include drawing, coloring and painting that elicit the imagination to express ideas and feelings. Journaling is another stress reduction technique which can have a positive impact on general well-being. Dr. James Pennebaker’s research indicates that journaling can also strengthen immunity, which promotes a healthy body and mind.
Crafting requires one to fully focus on a task which helps disengage the mind from stressors. Studies have shown arts and crafts can have positive physiological effects such as lowering heart rate and blood pressure. Depending on interest, we may teach knitting, cross-stitching, crocheting. These repetitive and rhythmic acts may evoke the relaxation response. The Relaxation Response, authored by Dr. Herbert Benson, is defined as a feeling of calm that enhances health and reduces stress.