For most people, hospitals can be pretty frightening places — even if you’re going there to get well. All of us at The Studio aim to bring art into hospitals to give patients a way to escape their bodies’ sickness through their minds’ imagination. Art isn’t being looked at any more as added decoration for healthcare facilities but as an integral part of the healing process.
A soothing decor and warm atmosphere is important, especially when that building promotes health and healing. As the healthcare industry is growing and expanding The Studio has been busy developing Corporate Art Solutions for bringing meaningful artwork into healthcare settings.
At The Studio, art consultants focus on providing an art design that features healing art. What is healing art? How does art heal? Scientific studies tell us that art heals by changing a person’s physiology and attitude. The body’s physiology changes from one of stress to one of deep relaxation, from one of fear to one of creativity and inspiration. Art puts a person in a different brain wave pattern, art affects a person’s autonomic nervous system, their hormonal balance and their brain neurotransmitters. Art affects every cell in the body instantly to create a healing physiology that changes the immune system and blood flow to all the organs. Art can also immediately change a person’s perceptions of their world. It can change attitude, emotional state, and pain perception. It creates hope and positivity and it can help people cope with difficulties. It can also transform a person’s outlook and way of being in the world.
Studies show that selecting the right artwork cannot only help a patient feel calm and comfortable, but it can also aid in the healing process by lowering blood pressure and reducing the heart rate. Artwork can also inspire meditation and prayer for patients. Views of nature are much more preferred than abstract and contemporary art. When patients are in a high- stress situation, you want something familiar, not challenging, not agitating and research shows scenes depicting nature and water work very well in a hospital setting, as well as colors of nature such as warm neutrals, soft greens and blues.