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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
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Meditation and Mindfulness
  • Music Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Pilates
  • 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 not 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

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.

Mindful Art

Make meaning through expressive art using creativity and a variety of materials to express and explore thoughts, feelings and stories in a safe and supportive environment. No artistic skills are required for this activity, just a willingness to try and an openness to the possibility of insight through process.

Qi Gong

Pronounced ‘chee-gung’ is a practice of aligning breath, movement and awareness for exercise, healing and meditation. It involves rhythmic breathing with coordinated slow stylised repetition of fluid movements.

Sound Healing

Deep relaxation is available in our always popular sound healing sessions. With a roster of some of Perth’s best sound therapists, this is a blissful aural experience open to everyone. All you have to do is lie down and be carried on a journey of meditative music.

Sound Massage

Therapeutic Sound Bowls are gently tapped with a felt mallet on the clothed patient. The calming harmonising sounds, as well as the soothing vibrations of the Sound Bowls, quickly induce a feeling of well-being and facilitate a very deep state of mental and physical relaxation. Rhythmic sound vibrations are transmitted into the body in concentric waves, providing a gentle massage to the meridians, organs and the cells. Breathing slows down and you rest in a deep state of inner calmness. In this relaxed state, your body’s natural healing and rejuvenation abilities are activated and enhanced.

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

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.

Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy is deep relaxation, used to help people become more aware of their inner thoughts. This can assist them to overcome mental blocks that have previously stopped them from dealing with anxiety, fear, low self-esteem, pain, insomnia or unwanted habits. It can improve mental wellbeing and quality of life. Being in a relaxed state of altered consciousness can help people cope with pain and nausea following surgery.

Pilates

Pilates is a gentle form of low impact and partial weight bearing exercise. Pilates elongates and strengthens, improves muscle elasticity and joint mobility.

Therapeutic Music

The practice of the therapeutic musician is to use the intrinsic healing elements of live music and sound to provide an environment conducive to the human healing process. It is sensitive to the patient’s needs, respecting cultural traditions, values and musical preferences. Practitioners are committed to fostering respectfulness and sensitivity.

Narrative Therapy

A narrative therapist is interested in helping others fully describe their rich stories and the possibilities associated with them. The therapist is interested in co-investigating how people reflect upon and connect with their intentions, values, hopes and commitments, understanding that our identities are shaped by the accounts of our lives, found in our stories or narratives. Once values and hopes have been located in specific life events, they help to “re-author” or “re-story” a person's experience. The term “narrative” reflects the multi-storied nature of our identities and related meanings. No writing expertise is required, notebooks and pens provided.

Therapeutic Music

The practice of the therapeutic musician is to use the intrinsic healing elements of live music and sound to provide an environment conducive to the human healing process. It is sensitive to the patient’s needs, respecting cultural traditions, values and musical preferences. Practitioners are committed to fostering respectfulness and sensitivity.

Yoga

Yoga has been practiced for thousands of years to improve health and well-being. The word 'Yoga' means 'joining' and can be thought of as a way of balancing the body, mind and emotions. Yoga achieves this through postures, breathing techniques and guided relaxation. Yoga has been demonstrated to help reduce anxiety, depression, fatigue and stress, and can improve the quality of sleep in cancer patients. This is a gentle group Yoga class with an emphasis on breathing, relaxation and stretching.

Art Therapy

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.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese martial art, a mind-body system using movement, meditation and breathing to improve health and well-being.

Creative Visualisation

Creative visualisation is the technique of using one's imagination to visualise specific behaviours or events occurring in one's life.

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.

Meditation

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. Deleted: 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.

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