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The Body and Mind Connection: Perspectives of an Expressive Therapist on Healthy Aging

Sunhee K. Kim 1

1서울여자대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this article was to investigate the contribution of the field of expressive therapies including dance/movement and art therapy where the human body and mind as a whole, for promoting healthy aging in older adults’ life. By presenting and sharing these perspectives, the attention was given to the artists, expressive therapists, and human service related professionals to expand their knowledge and experiences to promote qualified facilitators and therapists using body-mind interacting art methods for preparing aging society with positive perspectives. Some theoretical perspectives on aging were presented, such as healthy aging, successful aging, and positive aging. Our body functions as a container of sensations, images, feelings, ideas, and thoughts, which are the function of mind. In expressive therapies, body and mind is considered as whole where the spiritual mind can unfold. Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT) and Art Therapy (AT) were briefly explored and introduced in the concept of body and mind connection approach with some recent research findings.

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