One way that I have been celebrating National Creative Arts Therapy Week is by inviting my co-workers to dance during the lunch hour. We have been meeting daily and practicing the dance recently performed by Michelle Obama and Ellen Degeneres on the Ellen show in support of Michelle’s MOVE and Gimme 5 initiatives. It is a simple routine, and more important it is fun! Our staff here at the VA has been connecting in ways that we never have before. Dance has such an amazing way of bringing people together.
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Maybe you will find yourself dancing with your co-workers too. You’d be surprised who wants to dance if you just ask!
Happy Creative Arts Therapy Week!
Super excited to be speaking on this panel on integrative healthcare with military and veteran clients.
Third National Summit: Advancing Research in the Arts for Health and Well-being across the Military Continuum
Americans for the Arts and hosted by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health/ National Institutes of Health
Friday, February 27, 2015 from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM (EST)
Research Innovations on Integrative Care in Military Health Settings and Applications for the Arts
Panel and discussion will explore the connections between the arts and integrative health, and how creative arts therapies practices can inform practice and research being conducted in integrative care across military treatment facilities (MTF) and VA clinical settings.
Mind-body medicine is helping both patients and staff at Walter Reed Military Medical Center. Click the link below for full article.
UCLA Healing Arts has a wonderful resource section on their website where you can find therapists, groups, classes, listserves, articles and more. They just recently added my research article to their library. Check it out!
Mind-body medicine has become the focus across the US military. All the major military medical centers are working to integrate this approach on both the patient and staff levels. Commands across the nation have been implementing yoga, meditation, accupuncture, and the creative arts therapies, just to name a few. The main reason for this shift in focus is that the rising cost of healthcare has forced employers to search for “alternative” healthcare options for their employees. The solution? Put the power in the hands of the patient. Teach them the wellness skills they need to live healthy lives and to not have to solely rely on a doctor’s prescription. That is not to say that modern medicine does not have a place. However, if people, especially military and veterans struggling with the hardships of reintegration into civilian life, are more in tune with their mind-body connection and are given the tools to participate in their own healing, then there is less pressure on medical personnel to “fix the problem.” These mind-body approaches have been used successfully for thousands of years within many cultures around the world. In our quest to advance medicine and technology we have lost sight of these basic, natural remedies. The current research is now catching up to what has been known for centuries: A mind-body approach to healthcare works. As a mind-body medicine practitioner working with military patients, I am excited to be a part of this paradigm shift and am hopeful for the future of military medicine.
I have created a new web forum for holistic healers supporting soldiers. It is a place where we can discuss, ask questions and share ideas. There are many of us out there, but it isn’t always easy to find each other. Please feel free to share this forum widely. Let’s start connecting!