by Nicole Acton
The Phoenix Society’s World Burn Congress introduced several workshops prior to the event’s official opening, including Wednesday’s workshop that explored the use of unconventional healing methods ranging from art to music to yoga.
Titled, Creativity, Rhythm, and Movement: Exploring the Use of Art, Music, and Yoga as Avenues to Healing, the interactive art workshop used color, images, designs, and symbols as a tool to process the complexities of the burn injury journey.
Leading the section was Lydia Johnson, a professional art therapist who has worked in day treatment centers, residential and partial programs, group homes, and inpatient facilities, where she specializes in individual and group psychotherapy and art therapy.
Lydia earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Art from Southwest Baptist University and her Master’s in Art Therapy from Drexel University.
Heather Hodorowski led the music section of the workshop, which had participants using drums and other percussion instruments in a facilitated drum circle format. Heather is a licensed music therapist and the coordinator of music therapy at NorthShore University Health System.
The yoga section of the workshop explored the power of movement through a snapshot of yoga methods, as participants sought to move forward in their healing from a burn injury.
This section was led by Maria J. Bishop, who is certified in Hatha Yoga and Pilates instruction. She is also an adjunct professor at Mount Mary College, from which she received her M.S. in Community Counseling.
The Phoenix Society’s World Burn Congress is an annual conference involving burn survivors, health care professionals, firefighters, and anyone affected by a burn injury. The Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors is the only national nonprofit that provides the tools and resources to help burn survivors get back to living.