This article explores how patients and their families engage with yoga practice offeredat a psychiatric ward of MGMC&RI in the Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth in Pondicherry, India. The material collected during participant observation-based research in form of detailed field notes, photography and video focused on patients’ experiences, hopes and limitations as well clinical staff's expectations and opinions on providing yoga as a therapeutic activity. Participants in the study found yoga to be a beneficial practice through which they could release tensions, relax and care for themselves. However, patients also felt that they would not be able to continue with their practice once discharged from the hospital. In addition to therapeutic interventions, then, there is a burning need to introduce yoga in patients as a long-term skilled practice. Yoga could be brought out of the psychiatric ward into the patients’ day-to-day lives by encouraging families to practice together. Furthermore, we suggest that using personalised videos could support patients in maintaining regular practice and to enhance adherence.
Palliative care is an approach of specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. It focuses on caring patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, physical stress, and mental stress of a serious illness. The philosophy of palliative care nursing includes providing care to patients using medical science combined with compassion and caring. Palliative care Nursing is always associated with stress in both professional and personal levels. Palliative care nurses are even more at risk of work stress as their role involves exposure to frequent deaths and family grieving. Palliative care nurses are frequently exposed to stressful situations related to death and dying.
How can we document change as a function of doing music in a therapeutic setting and how does it work? Biomarkers representing the effectiveness and those representing the music therapy process are related to an accumulation of and a focus on important moments in therapy time. Analysing resting state EEG may inform about group effects, while moments of interest in the improvisational process may reveal synchronization of brain processes. In music therapy it may be an important key to understand where and why change in therapy occurs. We will discuss the promises of biomarkers and neurometrics for music therapy, will draw on results of depression research, on recent work with wireless EEGs and improvisation, music performance, neurofeedback and game applications in psychiatric and neurorehabilitation.