People cure people all the time. Maybe it’s your Wednesday night yoga class, your Tuesday night bike group, or maybe its just having your friend over your home for a cup of tea to talk and catch up about life. Unfortunately the medicines that are so simple and essential for our health, such as human interaction our becoming lost as we become smarter and smarter.
PEOPLE AS MEDICINE
People curing people happens all the time, and even in the most extraordinary circumstances. This becomes very interesting when you start looking at Neonatal Care. So where else are humans helping to heal other humans. How about IMPROV CLASSES! Chicago seems to be breaking new ground by combining Improv with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which (CBT) is a proven method to help decrease anxiety. I am hoping that Seattle, my home city, will step up and become the second city to develop an Improv for Anxiety class. We currently have several Improv groups in the area which are loaded with talented people. My favorite classes are in the University District at Jet City Improv.
Doctors and Improv
I firmly believe that Improv should be taught in medical school. Meeting with patients for a first time visit is very much like improv. The ability to handle different “scenes” or situations is really what medicine is all about is essential. It also might make Docs more humorous which would probably be a really good thing. The Bastyr Center for Natural Health’s Biofeedback shift can also be a fantastic place to learn skills to help shift your orientation to this wonderful world.