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What is Clay Therapy?

Unlike clay which is administered on the body for beautification purposes, Clay Therapy is a totally different experience altogether. Here, one will turn emotions and expressions into tangible shapes by one's own sensory control of clay.

 

Clay Therapy is a powerful medium to help people convey and work through many issues such as anger, grief and loss, fear, guilt and blocked speaking. Instead of traditional talk based therapies, clay therapy is especially helpful for people who find it difficult to articulate their feelings including children and adolescents.

 

Clay therapy moves a person from painful emotional experiences to inner growth and healing. It provides processes for healing and transformation of difficult experiences. During a clay therapy session, one can then express and resolve feelings regarding a certain issue and develop expressions of self-protective safety.

 

 

How does Clay Therapy Work?

Clay has the capacity to quickly absorb and express what we are feeling, especially when we are not clear of our thoughts and we feel stuck or unable to work through our problems. Clay arouses deep layers of feelings and enables one to express experiences that otherwise remain buried. Through working with clay, we will find the answers to certain issues troubling us, such as the trigger cause of our anger with someone or the cause of our fear or emotional wounds. Through the arising of long forgotten memories and unacknowledged imprints of experience in our consciousness, we will be guided to heal the imprints and move on.

 

For whom?

Clay Therapy is suitable for children above 7 years to adults.

 

 

Article on Clay Therapy as featured on Caring and Sharing Magazine, Vol. 3 (in Mandarin) Click on link)

 

 

Translated excerpts from the article:

 

The trigger incident for anger for Siau Fang, a working mother was feeling unappreciated as a 15 year old child by her father who did not recognize her effort in doing well during her PMR exams. Siau Fang tells her story:

 

Recalling a moment of imploded anger, an incident that happened a few days ago came to mind. When I was busy doing my housework and taking care of my four-month old daughter, my mother-in-law asked my, “Why didn’t you clean your brother-in-law’s room? I felt that that question implied that I was lazy and unappreciated for all the housework that I had done. Although it was a very small matter, at that moment, I felt like my chest was going to explode. I thought to myself, “My brother-in-law is 24 years old. He is an adult. Can’t he clean the room himself? As I was supposed to be filial to my mother-in-law, I answered her humbly and swallowed my anger.

 

I stepped into the sensation in my chest, and once the anger was exploded, it looked like a flat blob with buds sticking out.

 

I felt like I was trapped in a torture chamber made out of a large stone. I felt that there was not enough room to move or breathe. I molded the position I was trapped in. My hands and legs were frozen rigid, representing a working woman receiving pressure and unable to express her emotions. The repressed emotions gave me a rigid feeling.

 

The one who suffers was me at age 15 when I received my PMR results. When I received my results, I was very happy to show the results to my father thinking that I would get praised. However, my father only glanced at the results and said in a cold manner, “You didn’t get an A for Bahasa Malaysia. What’s the use if you get all A’s for other subjects but you didn’t get an A for Bahasa Malaysia? At moment, she felt like a pail of water had just poured onto her head.

 

It had seemed like two different events, but I had the same frozen feeling. I had put in the effort, but was not appreciated, and my faults were criticized instead. The incident happened many years ago and I thought that I had gotten over it.. However, it was still in my memory and resurfaced as anger with my mother-in-law.

 

I felt that the qualities required to heal was recognition and appreciation. After deeper contemplation, I found that what I actually lacked was self-confidence. I molded the quality of self-confidence in the shape of a thumbs-up sign. I selected golden yellow as the colour of self confidence and breathed in the healing qualities. I molded a sun representing as the recovering one. I felt totally cleared of these negative emotions. When faced with the same emotional issue again, I know I won’t be so angry and her face will have a radiant smile. After completion of the Clay Therapy session, I felt much lighter.

 

                  Anger                                   Torture Chamber                      The Wounded One           Self Confidence      The Recovering One

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For enquiries, please call Dr. Selina at (6) 013 – 630 2926.

 

 

 

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