Newsletter Number 8 -
hope and inspiration through the arts
HAI (Hospital Audiences,
Inc) is an American non-profit organisation that was founded in 1969 by
Michael Jon Spencer. Since then, it has reached an audience totalling
more than 10 million through more than 300,000 events. The work of HAI
is made possible by monetary as well as in-kind support, namely tickets
and volunteers. Of the hundreds of theatres that have participated over
the years, the Public Theatre has been steadfast in its support.
HAI restores a sense
of hope and inspiration through live arts experiences. Some examples of
4. Cultural Events programme
with music, theatre and dance
5. The DESCRIBE! Programme where blind or visually impaired people enjoy
the theatre via HAI volunteers providing live audio descriptions of the
6. The HAI Theatre Festival which presents original productions on issues
of concern to those in rehabilitation
7. Arts Workshop programme for people in mental health facilities which
are led by professional artists
8. Prevention Education programme where people acquire skills for independent
living through role-play workshops developing decision making skills and
art which confronts public health issues such as HIV/AIDS, youth violence,
housing and more
9. HAI produces an interesting periodic publication with great human content
of a diverse range of people
10. The website has resources and major electronic presentations. The
address is www.hospitalaudiences.org/
This letter was received
from Cynthia Birrer (MA BA (Ed) NTDip Dipl
Your inquiry in newsletter
No 7 whether there is a psychologist interested in art/medicine suggests
that this inquiry is somewhat misplaced! However, I decided to write nevertheless.
I am a psychologist (CV
enclosed and availble from the Editor) who in 1970 was diagnosed with
multiple sclerosis. However, I began making pictures (very slowly) using
a sewing machine that enabled me to use my hands to the maxi minim possible.
Frank Wilson (author of The Hand) with whom I have been corresponding
over the past year in regard to this unexpected recovery agrees that this
exercise played a crucial role in the 'miracle' though neither of us can
give a cogent explanation at the time. I understand that the role of the
hand in reconfiguring the brain is under intensive research, both in some
Southern States and MIT.
As a result of my husband's
death last year, I have decided to close the picture book gallery here
in Point Clare, NSW, where the relevant art work has been on display to
the public on a monthly basis. It is therefore necessary to find a home
for the pictures, either as individual pieces or sets comprising of 32
single/double spreads, my preference being for the latter in an environment
where the intent for making them and the possible consequences of such
an effort, can be appreciated. My question here is whether there is such
an organisation in New Zealand?
In light of my imminent
move, I would be grateful if you would respond as soon as possible.
Cynthia Birrer Contact details:
Phone: 00 61 24324 6106
Fax: 00 61 24324 6106
Contributed by Marilyn
I have a head injury,
which occurred in the form of a freak accident, most unexpected, which
seems to be the nature of accidents, and a bit more so in this case; a
solid glass light fitting decided to descend from out of a certain ceiling
in a certain powder room in a certain local cinema. (The cinema has been
rebuilt, now with grids under the light fittings; due to the bad publicity,
which generated from the event, which was announced two days later on
the front page of the Evening Post). So for the last 14 ½ years
this lady has been battling with almost every head injury symptom possible,
severe pain, fatigue, unsteadiness on the feet, stuffed-up jaw, bad concentration,
loss of short term memory, speech impairments, and have been told by a
cranial osteopath that I am a borderline epileptic and already being a
severe diabetic this is not a good combination.
After sessions with acupuncture,
herbalist, faith healers, hypnotherapy, battles with ACC trying to convince
them my situation was genuine and not how most doctors tried to see the
symptoms as 'due to my depression' which is what I was already suffering
with before the event, incidentally at the time I was actually happy and
was celebrating by going to the movie! This is what doctors seem to have
to blame anything beyond their understanding on depression. Really irresponsible
and slack! At one stage I was so desperate I asked one doctor to put me
back on Acupan- the strongest painkiller around and had been put onto
immediately after the accident. What happens? I break out in hives. An
ad on T.V. around the time was promoting Panadol, stating "
pain persists, see your doctor", on seeing a doctor, what happens?
Get dished out more Panadol.
After all these delightful
experiences, me being a member of the Head Injury Society, I poured out
my woes to the new field officer for the Society, and she advised me of
this new treatment called Neuro feedback, and made inquires for me, where
I could get it etc. I took up this treatment given by Jan Bowers late
October 2001, having it twice weekly. One is connected to two monitors
with electrodes, one monitor showing my brain waves, the other a computer
game to focus on, I do not feel anything. Since having this treatment
the contents of my poor old head injury feel lighter, freed up. I still
have some problems typical of a head injury, and have been back to the
pain clinic at the hospital, and have been given different painkillers,
but seldom do I feel the need to take them. And at times, even after the
14-½ years of terrible pain and muzziness, sometimes I feel great!
Hardly experiencing pain sometimes at all.
We chat during treatment,
Jan being a nurse and counsellor, and at times I discuss future life prospects,
she said at one stage, 'a lot of people your age have retired', and I
have noticed my singing voice seems to have improved since having the
treatment as I wish to keep my singing voice up for a while - a few years
at least. I have always had certain problems with my singing voice, so
bad that one singing teacher sent me to a throat specialist with the belief
that I must have singer's nodes on my larynx, but on examination; none
was found, so the conclusion was that the cause was just tension, connected
to the depression I was already battling with before the accident.
Note the quote by Henry
Moore below, and the testimonies featured below also. I had also been
advised to try the Alexander technique for voice production - which I
did and may again in the future - it is all grist to mill. Even people
without head injuries can benefit well from the treatment, from sports
people to arts people and even been known to enhance psychic abilities,
and I'm sure members of the AMANZ will also benefit, Contact Jan Bowers
at the Audra Centre, 75 Ghuznee St, Wellington (04) 801-6610. Might make
a bit of difference in your life and field of performance.
can retire; Rembrandt was drawing until the day he died.
And Michelangelo was also working until the day he died; I think Picasso
You can't retire. It's like saying to a poet" aren't you retiring?",
as though he stopped being a poet in his head'
Food for thought? For
more information about Neuro feedback see www.eegspectrum.com
Syndrome: Is Being Flexible a Good Thing?
A review of an article
by Rodney Graham MD, FRCP, FACP
Professor Clinical Rheumatology
Many people believe that
to be really flexible means that your musculo- skeletal system is in top
But like everything a
little of a good thing goes a long way! Stretching is important in keeping
your muscles in balance. However many people who experience pain and problems
with their musculo skeletal system have what is termed a Hypermobilty
Syndrome (HMS). They are too stretchy!
This means that the supporting
structures for joints (the ligaments) are too loose which means that there
is an excessive amount of movement across the joints. These people are
often called "double jointed".
Many people with HMS
are born with this syndrome. While many others develop it through intensive
physical training such as ballet or gymnastics.
The presence of hypermobility
can lead to the development of pain and joint problems such as dislocations
and premature osteo arthritis. Osteo arthritis leads to pain and joint
stiffening usually in the larger joints of the body.
People with HMS often
find it hard to stand and sit for prolonged periods because they lack
the joint backstop of strong ligaments to support them in prolonged sedentary
They require deep holding
muscle action to make up for the lack of ligamentous support. They also
need to be aware of their posture and how they move. Repetitive, prolonged
or sustained actions, particularly those which take them into their extreme
end range of movement, can be stressful on both the muscles and joints
resulting in pain and injury.
To assess your own hypermobility
check out these tests.
PERFROM ALL TESTS SLOWLY AND WITHOUT DISCOMFORT
- Bend back 5th Finger
to 90 degrees
- Bring thumb to touch
underside of the forearm
- Straighten elbow to
bow back to 10 degrees
- Straighten knee to
bow back to 10 degrees
- Hands flat on floor
with knees straight
Physio can help the Hypermobility Syndrome
- We evaluate your
level of hypermobility and educate you on the condition so you understand
- We design and monitor
a specific exercise programme. This involves stretches that do not create
any further stress for your joints and strengthening exercises. The
strengthening is important to encourage greater endurance of your postural
holding muscles. Exercise rehabilitation reduces the risk and susceptibility
to recurring injury.
- We instruct you on
postural alignment and how to move using your postural muscles. This
will stabilise you and control the stress across your joints
- We give you ergonomic
advice relating to work and recreational situations.
Gillian Webb Active Physio
THE CREATIVE THERAPIES ASSOCIATION
6TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE
CHRISTCHURCH 12TH-14TH JULY 2002-03-05
Ctaa has been meeting each year for the last 6 years. We are steadily
growing in membership and we are expecting 80+ people to attend the 2002
conference. The theme of the conference is 'Braided Rivers' - a good metaphorical
- image for the braiding together of the arts and healing, creativity
and the professions, cultural knowledge and modern life.
The weekend will be a series of experiential workshops with a performance/party
night on the Saturday - a time to entertain, to relax and meet old faces
Arts works will also be on display and for sale.
Our 2 guest speakers will be Jim Moriarty - well-known NZ Actor and Therapeutic
Drama Director and Lethea Erz -magical story teller and Harpist from Golden
Ctaa is a diverse group of people working through
out the country with the Arts and Healing - dance, theatre, music, drama,
sound, painting, storytelling and many other mediums.
Our members include community arts coordinators, teachers, therapists,
counsellors, and doctors. Maori arts workers, tertiary educators, artists
and many more.
If you are interested in presenting a paper or workshop or would like
more information please contact the address below:
NZ PAIN SOCIETY
SUMMER CONFERENCE 2002
Napier - War Memorial Centre
For further information contact:
On-call Conference Management
(06) 844-9956 or (06) 835-9549
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ADVANCED NOTICE: CELEBRATING CREATIVE SPACES CONFERENCE
Arts Access Aotearoa is planning to hold a major conference in Wellington
on February 25-27, 2003 to celebrate Creative Spaces throughout New Zealand.
These spaces include art centres for people in the health, youth, refugee
and migrant, disability, older adult and justice sectors.
The Creative Spaces movement is unique to New Zealand. Interested groups
may include consumers, artists, health professionals, managers, youth
workers, refugee groups and social policy officers. It is hoped that the
conference will celebrate the success of New Zealand's Creative Spaces,
provide opportunities to share information and provide a platform to further
promote Creative Spaces, and much more. Further information is available
at www.artsaccess.org.nz or phone (04) 916 4885.
from the Te Whaea Library
Beat the heat / Nicolette
Aisen. Dance Australia, n.117, Dec 2001/Jan 2002 : p.39
Explains the dangers of dehydration and advises on how to avoid it.
Back on track / Susan
Amoruso. Pointe, v.2, n.5, Nov/Dec 2001 : p.106-107
Ballet student Ali Jarwin shares her experience of recovering from an
eating disorder. Includes comments from nutritionist Joy Bauer.
Good to go : how to
take along good nutrition when you take to the road / Andrea Chernus.
Pointe, v. 2, n.4, Sep/Oct 2001 : p.66-69
insert article "Where's the beef?" in which Maia Wilkins,
principal with The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, outlines how she manages
to eat healthily when touring.
Confessions of a boy
dancer : running a gauntlet of bullying and name-calling / Rhee Gold.
Dance magazine, v.75, n.11, Nov 2001 : p.52
challenge of overcoming negative social attitudes for boys who want
Obsessively hip / Marian
Horosko. Pointe, v. 2, n.4, Sep/Oct 2001 : p.72-73
Brief tips on how to avoid the misalignment and injury which occurs
through incorrect and excessive turnout.
Never stop dancing
/ Merilyn Jackson. Dance magazine, v.75, n.11, Nov 2001 : p.50-51
Talks to several dancers in their fifties and older about how they stay
fit and injury-free. Lists several dance companies which are happy to
employ mature dancers and outlines what their experience contributes
to their performance.
Is ballet really better
than modern dance? / Andreja Jelicic. Dance theatre journal v.17, n.4,
2001 : p.40-44
Argues that Roger Copeland's criticism of modern dance (Dance theatre
journal, v.16, n.2, 2000) is based on an acceptance of art critic Clement
Greenberg's definition of modernism and its application to dance. Assesses
the appropriateness of the Greenbergian model. Proposes that the work
of the "historical moderns" should be considered within its
own social, political and historical context. Suggests that it would
be more fruitful to be open to the value of a wide range of practices
than to take up a position of exclusion and finality.
Larkin, Lisa de Ribere
: four ballerinas reveal their pointe shoe secrets / Lisa de Ribere
Larkin. Pointe, v. 2, n.4, Sep/Oct 2001 : p.82-86
Lee, Susan A.
Adolescent issues in
a psychological approach to dancers / Susan A. Lee. Journal of dance
medicine v.5, n.4, 2001 : p.121-126
Identifies some critical issues in contemporary adolescent development
in the context of the dance world.
& Compagno, Julietta
of fatigue-related injuries in dancers / Marijeanne Liederbach and Julietta
Compagno. Journal of dance medicine v.5, n.4, 2001 : p.116-120
Analyses data from 500 dance injury reports for patterns in behaviour
or working conditions which might be correlated to injury occurrence.
Concludes that self-reports of fatigue, highly intense or monotonous
work and changes in mood or diet may provide strong clues to increased
vulnerability to injury.
Mainwaring, Lynda &
Krasnow, Donna & Kerr, Gretchen
And the dance goes
on : psychological impact of injury / Lynda Mainwaring, Donna Krasnow
and Gretchen Kerr. Journal of dance medicine v.5, n.4, 2001 : p.105-115
Outlines several models of dancers' reactions to injury. Considers different
personal and psychosocial factors which affect reaction, such as personality,
injury history and the culture of pain tolerance. Concludes that the
psychological impact of injury on dancers is not well understood and
suggests several areas for future research.
Any body can dance
: four artists who break the mold [i.e. mould] / Wendy Perron. Dance
magazine, v.75, n.11, Nov 2001 : p.47-49
Presents four examples of dancers who do not conform to usual expectations:
a woman nearly six feet tall, a 67 year-old man, a woman in a wheelchair
and a man who weighs 220 pounds.
Can stretching make
you stiff? / Craig Phillips. Dance Australia, n.117, Dec 2001/Jan 2002
: p.62-63, 65
Reports on new research which looks at the role of nerves in stretching
and explains the concept of optimum flexibility.
Dance medicine conference
in Madrid / Rachel Rist. Dancing times, v.92, n.1096, Dec 2001 : p.59,
Reports highlights from the annual conference of the International Association
for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS), held this year in Madrid.
Made to order / Jennifer
Sandoval. Pointe, v.2, n.5, Nov/Dec 2001 : p.109, 111
Discusses the pros and cons of getting pointe shoes custom made.
with a healthy mind / Lynn Seymour. Dancing times, v.92, n.1096, Dec
2001 : p.55, 57
The text of a speech to the British Arts Performing Medicine Trust.
Identifies important aspects of mental health and considers how teachers
in the performing arts (particularly dance) can help students' mental
reproduced by kind permission of:
Nola Millar Library
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PO Box 7146, Wellington South, New Zealand
Phone: (04) 380 1717 Fax: (04) 389 4996
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