Mind body techniques
Mind-Body Techniques are based on the belief that what we think and feel can affect our physical and mental wellbeing. Scientific studies suggest that mind-body techniques can benefit people who have cancer or are recovering from it. Some therapies allow people to explore their emotions. Evidence also shows that mind-body techniques may reduce the symptoms and side effects of cancer and its treatment. These include pain, anxiety, stress, low self-esteem, depression, fear and difficulty sleeping, which can all affect mood and overall wellbeing.
Mind-Body techniques give you the opportunity to discuss your thoughts, feelings and concerns in a safe and confidential environment. You may also find using these techniques gives you relief, or a sense of peace or understanding. These techniques may help people feel more in control of their situation, more relaxed, and less fearful of the future.
Solaris offers these evidence-based Mind-Body therapies throughout their five centres:
- Art Therapy | Creative Writing | Mindful Art | Sand & Clay Art Therapy
- Beauty Therapy | Relaxation Facial
- Creative Visualisation
- Meditation and Mindfulness
- Music Therapy
- Narrative Therapy
- Sing For Joy
- Sound Healing
- Sound Massage
- Tai Chi
- Therapeutic Music
- Yoga including Gentle Yoga, Chair Yoga, Yin Yoga, Yoga for all
Please contact your local centre for their monthly program as not all centres are able to offer all therapies indicated.
Contact your nearest centre to make a booking
Mind-Body therapies offered
Creative Art Therapy
Creative Art therapy uses creativity and materials to support the expression and exploration of thoughts, feelings, and conflicts in a safe and supportive environment.
Studies have shown the experience of creative activities can promote physical, mental, social, and cognitive wellbeing.
The insight and personal understandings developed can create a positive impact when experiencing change.
Meditation is a simple practise to bring about a relaxed body and calm mind. These sessions will include slow breathing and muscle relaxing exercises to physically and mentally relax the body.
Meditation can result in a calm, clear mind. Patients who have tried meditation report benefits such as greater positivity, gaining control, different coping strategies and personal growth.
Beauty Therapy Group
In these groups, the therapist will demonstrate how to do simple and quick make-up, particularly focusing on eyebrows and colour. All make-up products used are anti-microbial and safe to use while undergoing cancer treatment.This therapy specialises in concealing and camouflage for scarring and redness, resulting from treatment. Anecdotal feedback from patients indicates that it boosts self-esteem and confidence, helps to restore appearance and self-image and generally improve quality of life.
Sand & Clay Art Therapy
Sand and Clay Art Therapy is a powerful method for accessing the unconscious in a way that brings about profound change. It is extremely helpful with adults as we tap into the inner child promoting exploration and fun.
Sand and clay offers an individual a rich opportunity to cope with challenging emotions and experiences in a format that is responsive. You will see new ways through the landscapes you make in the sand and clay. You will use figurines and objects to see new relationships and dynamics in your landscapes.
No art experience is required only an open mind and enthusiasm. Bring an old shirt or apron and enjoy.
Music therapy is a research-based practice and profession in which music is used to actively support and improve physical and emotional well-being.
Music Therapy will aim to address a range of cognitive, physical and socio-emotional goals determined through an assessment by the music therapist. This may include singing, song writing, musical improvisation, receptive music listening and other speciality techniques.
Art therapy sessions use a variety of mediums including drawing, painting, sculpting and visual art. This form of therapy may help clients explore their creativity, express feelings that are hard to verbalise, develop healthy coping strategies and reduce stress and anxiety.
Art therapy requires no art skills, just a sense of playful inquiry.
Creative visualisation can create deep relaxation, which then causes the body to release natural neuro-chemicals that can assist the healing process by creating a positive mental space and sense of peace.