5 Ways to Turn Your ART JAM ® into a Spa for Your Brain

FlickingIt’s true… painting is relaxing and calming for most people. Over the years, ART JAM ® has helped people discover powerful cerebral responses which made them feel great. Something we believe, is just like a spa experience for our brain. The best part is the accelerated transformation is triggered. Here are the basics:

Don’t Have a Plan

Actually it’s fine to have a plan in mind or an image to inspire you too. The important thing is to allow yourself to be flexible, to change your mind on a whim. It’s our sense of whimsy and adventure that breaks down our negative thinking and helps us takes risks. You don’t even have to be out-of-control and wild. Simply think of it as you would a stroll in the park — no pressure, no agenda.

Listen to the Music

Use music as a guide and paint how you feel. When we use an image for inspiration, our logical mind recognizes its components and tries to categorize and compartmentalize every aspect. For people already stressed or anxious, this can lead to even more frustration. Using our ears to drive a painting is an effective way to switch off our logic and engage our other senses in to the act of painting.

Trust Your Eyes

Our unforgiving and demanding brain has the power to deceive our eyes and make us question every stroke we make. There is a powerful exercise that I developed to overcome the problem of the brain hi-jacking your painting. In dancing, it’s important to keep your feet moving. So we apply this idea to our eyes when painting. If we focus on one spot on the painting for short spurts of time and then move on to another part, we effectively shut down our analytical cognitive processes. Clients using this approach notice a difference in their creative confidence in as little as 10 minutes.

Use Accu-pressure Points

Splattering paint with a brush is an expression of playful naughtiness that can lead to laughter and silliness. This always feels good. Our amped-up SPA version applies paint by flicking with your fingers. Done correctly, prolonged flicking for 30 minutes to 1 hour will flush your body with endorphins. Caution : two hours may be too long. One paint-flicker enjoyed continuously flicking paint for nearly two hours. In the end, instead of feeling revitalized, he felt exhausted. He declared he was heading for bed. That’s a common reaction on many spa visits.

Totally Let Go

An overworked client — majorly stressed after 4 weeks crunching a deadline and looking physically “grey” —  had the most remarkable physiological transformation as a result of her BRAIN SPA treatment. She is repeat customer, someone who in many previous visits enjoyed letting go. Due to her excessive stress, it took some words of encouragement, “Who cares what you paint? Just start something.” We observed her physical transformation  — her shoulders relaxed, her voice went from dull to energized, and her face went from grey to rosy. What did she paint? In the ten minutes it took for her to de-stress completely, she painted half of her canvas red. Just let go.

Our team is here to help turn up the volume on any ART JAM ®. If you are looking to experience a big rush of “feel good” for your brain, talk to us and we’ll put you on the track to do using your creative mind put things in balance. ART JAM ® has been known to

  • clear a migraine headache
  • relieve dizziness
  • release work stress
  • alleviate depression
  • curb anxiety
  • calm hyperactive chikdren
  • build self-esteem/confidence

About Betty Cheung

Creator of ART JAM ® shares her thoughts and observations of creativity, originality and innovation.

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