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The Therapeutic Effects of Art

Art is everywhere around us. Being a factor in creating things and how these things are made, anyone and everyone are able to appreciate art. It’s not only the beauty in things, it is also the beauty in processes and various mediums of expression.

Defined as the “diverse range of human activities that involve creative imagination to express technical proficiency, beauty, emotional or conceptual ideas”, Art has persisted throughout many millennia as a medium of expression for human wisdom and perception. As the Pulitzer awarded artist, Phylicia Rashad once said: “Before a child talks they sing. Before they write they draw. As soon as they stand they dance. Art is fundamental to human expression.” That said, each and every one of us could be an artist.

Art affects brain in more ways than we realize and this has been scientifically proven.

The brain builds connections  and it changes with one’s habits and lifestyle in a lifetime. Every activity, every analysis, or complex activity we do affects our brain’s plasticity, also called neuroplasticity.

This is the brain’s capacity to keep developing and evolving through experience. As the name may have implied, plasticity is the capability to be stretched, changed, and molded. With appreciating art and creating art, we mold and develop our brain so that it keeps its ability to retain information, absorb it and easily recover from injuries.

Therapy through art is also making a lot of positive changes for people who suffer from Post Traumatic Disorder or PTSD especially veterans, elderly patients with Alzheimer’s disease, and other types of injuries and illnesses. This type of therapy helps a person better understand what they feel, how they react to certain cues, and how they behave towards something. By understanding how things are, these patients can move past certain experiences or illnesses and then resolve any other deeper issues that may have caused it.

With the use of sketching, painting, coloring, collage making, sculpting, or any other at form, an art therapist can help the patient decode meaning, metaphors, symbols, and subtle cues found in their art. Even children, adolescents, and adults can also benefit from art therapy. It can relieve stress, manage their emotions, improve depression or anxiety, manage and heal addiction.

While it is good to do art while in therapy, you might also want to consider making art at home. As you create more, be instructed more whether by a teacher or a tutorial you gain and improve on a new skill. That is why it might be a good idea to have a small space in your house dedicated to making art. At LoctekMotion,  there are products designed for innate health benefits and the convenience of well thought of utility. The Personal Working Standing Desk ET120 is a tiltable tabletop that helps you with your posture while making art and drawers where you can store away your art supplies.

As an expert in the field of ergonomic furniture,  LoctekMotion has been committed to leading the intelligent and healthy office and life style, and has committed to the responsible attitude of five-year warranty for the past 16 years. If you are interested in our products, why not fill out the contact form and inquiries us now!

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