THOSE suffering from Parkinson’s disease have found great benefit from colouring mandalas.
Led by HB Pathway Academy therapist Dorris Chin, a group of 40 spent over an hour engrossed in the therapy at the LohGuanLye Specialists Centre auditorium in Penang.
Mandala colouring is a form of art therapy meant to relieve stress and increase mindfulness while allowing participants to exercise the brain and express creativity.
Chin (standing, second left) guiding participants at the mandala colouring workshop. — Photos: MUSTAFA AHMAD/The Star
Chin said that through colouring on plain mandalas, patients were also able to improve their motor coordination.
“Mandala is derived from the ancient Sanskrit word for ‘middle’, and the most basic form of mandalas is a square with four gates containing a circle with a centre point.
“The colouring therapy helps to calm the mind and is suitable for people of all ages.
“It’s not only for those with Parkinson’s disease,” said Chin during the session.
Chin said the art therapy also benefited children with developmental disabilities, adults going through a midlife crisis and those with mental health issues.
“Anyone who wants to improve their self-esteem, manage addictions, explore emotions and express themselves can do so via the mandala colouring therapy.
LohGuanLye staff members (from left, in white T-shirts) Ng Siang Wei, Josephine Lok and Lim Chia Yee attending to participants.
“There is no right or wrong way to colour a mandala,” said Chin.
Apart from colouring therapy, the hospital also gave talks on Parkinson’s disease.