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Healing Fractals: Natural Patterns Reduce Stress and Soothe the Mind

Humans are visual creatures. Objects we call "beautiful" or "aesthetic" are a crucial part of our humanity. Even the oldest known examples of

10 Health Benefits of Martial Arts

Martial arts provides a number of excellent health benefits, in addition to instilling discipline and confidence within students. Through improving one’s skills during practice, a student of martial arts will also be able to build a h...

Listening to Music Releases Body's Natural Painkillers

The same brain-chemical system that mediates feelings of pleasure from sex, recreational drugs, and food is also critical to experiencing musical pleasure, according to a study by McGill University researchers published today in the N...

Defining Art Therapy in the 21st Century

In my previous post, I talked about the relatively recent “marriage” between art therapy and counseling and its impact of the development of art therapy as a profession. Historically, the field has promoted two roads as its primary co...

Art therapy helps with neurodegenerative disorders

The more relaxed a person is, the better he’s able to function. That seems simple enough. Tension has a way of locking people up, making it hard for them to focus and communicate.

But for people living with a neurodegenerative d...

How Art Changes Consciousness

With so much talk about the evidence of the positive effects of yoga and meditation, you might be surprised at what scientific research also says about how art effects the brain.

Long before modern neuroscience, artists were cr...

Why Our Brains Respond Differently to Classical Music

Chinese researchers report even a few moments of opera produce a thoughtful, empathetic response.

“Music,” Ludwig van Beethoven argued,” is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.” The assertion seems reasonable enou...

101 Self-Help Tips for When It All Feels Like Too Much

Perhaps you’ve had this feeling when everything seems like it’s too much. Sometimes there are days, weeks, months and even years when getting through the day, doing your job or getting out of bed feels unbearable for no particular rea...

The Healing Power of Colour

Colour is a powerful communication tool. It can affect moods and evoke emotions, cause physiological reactions and even signal certain actions. Do you ever wonder why you wear red one day and blue the next? Or why you feel energized i...

Complementary and Alternative Holistic Health - 8 Remedies to Try in 2019

Summer is already here with the days becoming warmer and warmer and people spending more and more time outside. On a beautiful summer day, we all want to be healthy and glowing. For most, the main focus of leading a

Martial arts offers brain-boosting benefits for all ages

We are all aware that exercise generally has many benefits, such as improving physical fitness and strength. But what do we know about the effects of specific types of exercise? Researchers have already shown that jogging can increase...

Fighting Childhood Obesity with Martial Arts

Childhood obesity has become a rapidly growing issue. With obesity being linked to numerous health issues, it’s apparent that obesity at such a young age can be very problematic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Preven...

Benefits of Martial Arts for Women

The Martial arts are frequently thought upon as a very masculine practice. While gender shouldn’t be an issue, we do find that many women either disregard martial arts as a guy’s endeavor or are intimidated by the perception of a boys...

Psychology of the Mandala

Mandalas are circular designs that reflect the wholeness of the person creating them. According to Carl Jung (pronounced Yoong), ” a mandala is the psychological expression of the totality of the self” (1973: 20). Jung, a Swiss psychi...

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