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Mindfulness-based Art Therapy through Origami

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Mindfulness-based Art Therapy through Origami is an active form of Mindfulness exercise through the use of Origami - Art of Paper Folding. This is a program created by Art Therapist Mr. Paul Lee by integrating Art Therapy, Mindfulness and Origami into a fun, therapeutic and effective way of mind and body wellness. Created by Mr. Lee and he coined this approach as MINDrigami for ease of reference.
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What is Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a general term referring to a person in a calm state of mind and free from distraction or judgement. It is a mind for being present and fully engaged in certain healthy activity. And, we are fully aware of our thoughts and feelings without getting caught up in them. Mindfulness-based approaches have been used to promote mental health and general well-being. We can learn how to access our own mindfulness for us to relax, rejuventae and recharge. Mindfulness skill can be helpful when faced with challenging circumstances or difficult situations.

What is Origami

Origami is a term coined in Japan as Ori:folding and Gami (aka KAMI): paper. It is a traditional craft made with exceptional fine motor skills, imagination, creativity and science. Origami has been in practice worldwide and many useful applications because of the ease of access, flexibility, safety and scalability. A classic Origami Crane is also a symbol of peace.

Beautiful Origami Crane

What is Art Therapy 

Art Therapy is a mental wellness program that uses ART as a core medium for treatment. Art therapy can provide a person or team to build inner strength, resilience, resourcefulness, mindfulness, healing and recovery. Art Therapy touches both physical and psychological part of the mind and body. Art Therapy using visual language for expression, process and product.
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What is MINDrigami

MINDrigami is to engage our both hands and mind to achieve Mindfulness and Wellness. MINDrigami will be facilitated by Art Therapist Mr. Paul Lee for participants to relax, learn, and be in the state of mindfulness.


Why MINDrigami

There is a growing need for us to take time off and screen off from our smartphone, tablet, computers or digital world. It is for mind to take a good break, for the eyes to rest  and body to be physically active. By using both of hands and focus on some simple instructions to fold papers are good form of Mindfulness. In MINDrigami, paper folding is a process for mindfulness practice. We encourage exploration and creativity to try making product at the same time. Indeed, neuroscience has shown evidence of our brains are connected to our hands. With use of certain foldings with our hands, we can strengthen our mind by doing exercise of our brains.
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For Who

MINDrigami is suitable for people from all ages: children and adult; personal or group, individual or family; senior adults (Geriatric). No prior knowledge of paper folding background is required to do MINDrigami.

Benefits of MINDrigami

MINDrigami helps to develop left and right brain functioning by actively using left and right hands to fold and build models. It can achieve the balancing between both left and right brain in the process of working with both hands. It is proven that hands are vital links to our brain according to neursoscience.

The effect of focus on the papers folding and models is to be aware of each stage to the next. You will need to co-ordinate hands and mind actively.

It has been proven as an effective channel to boost academic studies, problem solving, memory empowerment and cognitive development. 

Bonding can be enhanced by doing MINDrigami with friends, colleagues, or family.

Art Therapist Credentials

MINDrigami program is created and facilitated by Art Therapist - Mr. Lee Thiam Seng (Paul). Mr. Lee is an artist, art therapist and consultant. He is the founder of UniqArts and Technologies in 1995. Mr. Lee holds a Master of Arts Art Therapy from LaSalle College of the Arts and a Bachelor Degree in Management from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Australia.  He has been practicing Art Therapy since 2009. His experience including individual and group art therapy treatment for pupils at Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN), women with breast cancer at KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH), psychotic patients at Changi General Hospital (CGH) Psychiatric Ward, older adults (geriatric) at Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital's (KWSH) Day Rehabilitative Center and Geriatric Day Hospital (GDH) at CGH. Mr. Lee conducted a research at KKH with Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval for his Art Therapy masters thesis: "Art Therapy as a Modality of Healing in Stages - For Women with Breast Cancer." Mr. Lee has over 20 years of paper folding experience and this is a program created by integrating Mindfulness, Art Therapy and Origami. Read more about Art Therapist Mr. Paul Lee

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