Throughout history creativity has been a refuge and a source of wellbeing. Today there is growing evidence to show that participating in the arts has benefits for mental, emotional and physical health. In the Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries, doctoral students are investigating educational and healing qualities of dance.
One such student is Kate Riegle van West. Kate’s research explores the effects of International Poi and Tai Chi on physical function in healthy older adults working in partnership with the University’s Centre for Brain Research. Kate’s work is ground-breaking in this area and she is planning to study and research these findings further for her PhD. The possibility of using poi as a rehabilitation tool for stroke patients has huge scope for supporting Māori men and women.
Donations to this appeal will help support doctoral students like Kate to undertake and continue their valuable research into the benefits of the creative arts in health and wellbeing.
Learn more about Kate’s research www.spinpoi.com
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