"Healing from the inside out"
When people partake in artistic activities, it has a positive impact on their own mental health. We bring various artists, mental health experts and the community together, creating a powerful synergy between everyone, while breaking down false stigmas about mental health in a judgement free space.
McDowell Healing Arts Center's owner and clinical director, Dr. McDowell, found his own healing through the arts such as singing and acting. Being able to fully express himself and to play a character allowed himself to work through childhood trauma and ultimately grow his own self-confidence. Melvin's hope is to share this style of healing (the arts) with others in his community.
These events bring local artists, mental health experts and the community together, all while learning how to paint a fun project and being mindful about our own mental health.
Creating art has been proven to positively change your mood, raise your self-esteem and help bond with others.
Therapeutic movement instructor Katherine Gracer will lead you through a class that includes some light stretching and dancing that allows people to express themselves through the body in a safe environment.
A person's own thoughts, feelings and ideas all come out through movements and allow the body to heal itself.
Additional benefits include stress reduction, disease prevention, mood management, increased muscular strength, coordination, mobility and decreased muscular tension.
Yoga is a low impact exercise that has been well known to help lower stress, anxiety and depression levels of those who practice it. Yoga may help improve one's sleep as well.
In a recent article published by Harvard medical school, they found that when someone does yoga, their brain cells develop new connections and changes occur in their brain structure as well as function, resulting in improved cognitive skills, such as learning and memory. Yoga strengthens parts of the brain that play a key role in memory, attention, awareness, thought and language.