Mind-Body Therapy

Mind-body medicine is a very different group of therapies because they do not simply focus on the body, but the emotional and mental well-being of the patient as well. This type of therapy emphasizes the importance of spiritual, mind and body connection and the role that they play in one’s overall well-being. Some of the most popular mind-body therapies include art therapy, dance, music, prayer, meditation, yoga, hypnotherapy and more. Mind-body therapy is gaining increasing acceptance as many patients find relief through mental awareness, reflection and focus.

Art Therapy

Art Therapy

Art therapy is a type of mental health program where patients work with an art therapist to access the creative process through the use of art media. They may use the artwork they subsequently create for a variety of purposes, including discussing their feelings, settling inner emotional conflicts, moving towards self-awareness, managing their behavior, reducing anxiety, developing problem...

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Dance Therapy

Dance Therapy

Dance therapy, also known as movement therapy, is based on the belief that the mind, spirit, and body are all connected. The American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) identifies dance therapy as “the psychotherapeutic use of movement to further the emotional, cognitive, physical and social integration of the individual.” Dance therapy is conducted in a number of settings, including...

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Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy is a form of complementary alternative therapy that involves hypnosis, or tapping into an altered mental state. While it was once considered a type of ineffective pseudoscience, hypnotherapy has gained credibility through scientific research. During hypnotherapy, a trained hypnotherapist directs the client’s mind towards an intended change in behavior, outlook, feeling, or...

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Meditation

Meditation

Meditation is a type of therapy that has been around for thousands of years. In the past, it was used to help monks understand and try to achieve enlightenment, otherwise known as spiritual awakening or coming to know transcendental truths. Today, meditation can be used for a number of different purposes, but most commonly it is used to reduce stress and promote relaxation. Meditation is a kind...

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Music Therapy

Music Therapy

Music therapy is a type of intervention that involves the use of music and its mental, social, physical, aesthetic, and spiritual elements to improve a client’s overall well-being. A music therapist is a health professional with training or experience in both music and therapeutic interventions. He or she may work with the client to achieve specified goals, such as improving cognitive...

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Prayer

Prayer

Prayer is a practice inherent to most of the world’s major religions. Generally speaking, it involves deliberate communication with a deity, spiritual entity, deceased person, or other object of worship. Prayer may be conducted in both group and individual settings. Prayer may be spontaneous or the individual may choose to recite or read a written prayer, such as a formal creed. Some...

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Yoga

Yoga

The word yoga comes from the Sanskrit word “yuj,” which literally translates to the verb “yoke.” In this case, it means to yoke together mind and body. Yoga was developed in India thousands of years ago. Today, it is a type of mind-body therapy that has gained popularity in the United States. But yoga is far more than the latest exercise trend; research has shown that...

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