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Mind Body Medicine Therapies for Fertility


Updated August 31, 2012

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Art Therapies as Mind-Body Medicine
Take out some crayons, markers, and paints, and draw your stress away.

Take out some crayons, markers, and paints, and draw your stress away.

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Engaging in creativity can be healing, even outside of the context of an official therapeutic venue. But in the art therapies -- art, music, dance or movement, and drama -- artistic expression is combined with psychology to help heal emotional wounds.

You do not need to have any special skills or talents to use art therapies. It's not really about creating art in the aesthetic sense (though you may create beautiful art in the process), but it's about using art to express and process emotions.

A small amount of research has been done on art therapy and fertility. The art therapies have been found to help women with infertility cope better with stress, anxiety, and hopelessness.

There are some holistic fertility programs that include art or movement therapy, but you don't have to use a fertility-focused therapist or group to gain from the art therapies.

While taking part in art therapy with a trained therapist is especially beneficial, don't discount the healing power of making your own art, music, or dance "therapy" at home. As an added bonus, it's a great excuse to spend some time and money on iTunes or in an art supply store near you!

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