How does expressive therapy work to address pain?
Instrumental sound therapies and meditation exercises awaken the parasympathetic nervous system and can decrease stress hormones, calm the body and bring openness to lessen tension from personal histories and physical distress. Art therapy, a powerful relaxant, provides a platform with which to externalize the physical and emotional pain of life transitions; in a feeling of emptiness, it can spark insights and self-knowledge. The practice of yoga, with its heritage of healing and supportive technologies, can empower a broken heart, impassion our lives and goals and grace a wounded body with fluidity and flexibility.
Art therapist John Muraco, ATR, RYT, and Elizabeth Campbell, MS, LPC, will co-facilitate an eight-week program geared toward young women to help them manage stress, build self-worth and gain skills for self-expression and communication. Sessions will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Monday nights, February 15 through April 5, at The Resiliency Center, in Flourtown.
by John Muraco
“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”
We all deal with the changing seasons differently. As it stands true with life’s challenges and changes, ups and downs and ebb and flow, people have very unique and important ways in which they meet the changing of the seasons. As we leave summer behind and replace the warm weather with cooler and more biting air, each one of us has a different approach toward this change. Perhaps merely reading this article creates some angst for some as we delve more deeply into fall and the beginning of winter. At the same time, others may be ecstatic knowing that they get to pull the sweater out of the closet and enjoy warming drinks, rich and filling foods, and more time indoors.
HeartWell House Expressive Therapies will open its doors at the Resiliency Center, 1811 Bethlehem Pike, Suite 212-213, in Flourtown, in December. At HeartWell House, owner John Muraco aims to combine art therapy, holistic health and yoga. The center offers customized and individualized therapy programs to support health, connect people to what inspires them and build and stabilize physical and emotional health.