Including one or more horses as part of a treatment team may seem very 21st century, but the concept has been around for a very long time. In the 5th century BC, Hippocrates, the 'father of medicine' spoke of the horse as a healer, and throughout history we find many references to the physical and emotional benefits of having horses in your life.
Have you ever noticed that as we grow older it becomes harder to remember important stories and information about our lives? These memories hold lots of information about ourselves, and the way we like to live our lives. Life stories can be a good way of gathering up the stories and information about ourselves, so that we can make sure we continue to live our lives as we would like.
Well, the big day had arrived, after 8 weeks of intensive dance training Darragh and I were ready. The Strictly Let’s Dance Waterford in aid of The Solas Centre, South-East Cancer Foundation, was finally here. We had our routines practiced to perfection, our costumes bought and altered, our props sorted and the hair and make-up professionally done (well for me, not Darragh obviously!)...
Boosting resourcefulness and optimism in people with disabilities, by highlighting their independence and involvement in the creative process, is one of the objectives of the author's concept of the theatre therapy named Theatre of Thought.
The creative arts therapies are evidenced-based professions which include art therapy, dance-movement therapy, drama therapy and music therapy. This article demonstrates their unique role in the provision of therapeutic care to those with learning disabilities. In Ireland all creative arts therapists are fully qualified at Master’s Degree level and are registered with the Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists (IACAT).