Art healing, also known as the healing arts, is a term that is applied to the use of art in emotional and physical healing. Art healing is often confused with Art Therapy, and although art healing and art therapy are very similar, art therapy tends to be a doctor/patent healing process, whereas art healing is an individual/non-therapist healing process. But both use art to help the healing process.
According to Malchiodi, art healing is beneficial in several ways:
Visually deals with traumatic emotions can feel safer then dealing with them in words.
Lets us express things we cannot express in words.
Is helpful in releasing emotions.
Is a powerful therapeutic process that has meaning and comes directly from our own feelings and imagination.
Allows us to know ourselves better.
Is available to everyone.
Enhances our lives and reduces stress.