The Women with Wings Foundation is a teaching non-profit and 501 (c)(3) recognized organization that bridges the gap between the science and technology of medicine and patient care by offering healing arts programs, products and services that can easily be integrated into a provider's existing protocol. Our products and services use all forms of art to inspire cancer patients, their families and others, to heal emotionally, spiritually and physically. Discovering one's creative instincts brings Joy, Faith and Hope to the healing process.
Heatlh Benefits of Creativity
I recently discovered a wonderful source for research on healing and the arts: The American Journal of Public Health. Several years ago, they published a piece titled "The Connection Between Art, Healing and Public Health. In this review, researchers analyzed more than 100 studies about the impact of art on health and the ability to heal. The studies included everything from music, the visual arts, expressive writing and dance.
Highlights from researchers describing the impact the arts had on patients include:
Meditation and Guided Imagery Meditation is as simple as following your breath.
Guided meditation is the first tool I use in every Create to Heal class. It calms the breath and stills the mind, allowing for relaxation and rejuvenation. Following the breath, catching a thought and releasing it, watching thoughts go by are all ways of getting beyond the surface chatter of the mind to the calm waters below. Once settled into a more peaceful state, patients feel open and receptive to visual imagery, creative writing and self- expression. Stress and anxiety are released.
Reduce your stress, improve your health.
In the sports world, athletes often refer to “zoning” or being in the "zone” when performing at high levels. When “zoning,” they have control of their breath and the chatter of their mind and “play” no longer feeling tired, stressed or in pain. They experience their sport with joy - the love for the game - without worry of winning or losing. Fully aware, they allow their bodies to move with grace and perfection without thinking, without trying.
You don't need to be an Olympic athlete or All American Champion to receive the benefits of simple exercise.