You will need:
Paper (stuck down with sticky tape) and something to draw with both hands (E.g. pastels, textas, pens, pencil, paint etc).
Allocate your own. Recommended for between 3 and 11 minutes.
Emotional integration and regulation, body awareness, brain balancing, reducing stress & anxiety, calming
About Bilateral Drawing
Bilateral drawing is a therapeutic technique that involves using both hands simultaneously to create drawings or patterns. It is commonly used in various therapeutic contexts, including art therapy and trauma recovery.
In bilateral drawing, the individual holds a drawing tool in each hand and coordinates their movements to create symmetrical or coordinated patterns. This technique engages both hemispheres of the brain, promoting integration and communication between the left and right brain hemispheres.
By using both hands, bilateral drawing helps to activate bilateral stimulation, which can have a calming effect on the nervous system. It promotes relaxation, reduces stress and anxiety, and enhances overall emotional well-being. The rhythmic and repetitive movements involved in bilateral drawing can also induce a meditative state, allowing individuals to focus their attention and gain a sense of inner peace.
In a therapeutic context, bilateral drawing can be particularly beneficial for individuals who have experienced trauma or are struggling with emotional regulation. Trauma often disrupts the brain’s normal processing and integration of experiences, leading to difficulties in emotional regulation and self-expression. Bilateral drawing can help restore balance and promote healing by activating both sides of the brain and facilitating the integration of traumatic memories or emotions.
Through bilateral drawing, individuals can explore their feelings, thoughts, and memories in a non-verbal and creative way. The process of creating symmetrical or coordinated patterns can provide a sense of control and mastery, empowering individuals to express themselves and regain a sense of agency over their experiences.
Additionally, bilateral drawing can enhance body awareness and sensory integration. The coordinated movements of both hands stimulate proprioceptive and kinesthetic senses, promoting a better connection between the mind and body. This can be particularly beneficial for individuals with sensory processing difficulties or body-focused repetitive behaviours.
Bilateral drawing is a powerful therapeutic tool that combines creativity, mindfulness, and bilateral stimulation to support emotional healing, self-expression, and overall well-being. By engaging both hemispheres of the brain and facilitating communication between them, this technique offers a unique and effective approach to address trauma, promote emotional regulation, and enhance self-awareness.
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