About MYSHA Therapy


MYSHA - Meditation, Yoga, Self Healing Arts, is an experiential, arts based approach to personal development and holistic wellbeing for adults and children using a variety of creative arts modalities (drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, felting, music, movement, writing, drama, play and more), together with the ancient practices of yoga, meditation, breathwork and mindfulness techniques.


This unique blend of contemporary creative arts therapy and ancient arts practices was founded by Melissa Joss, artist, musician, registered teacher, trained yoga teacher, and experienced creative arts therapist.


If you are seeking support to explore parts of your life which aren’t working the way you want them to, and embark on a creative journey of personal learning and growth, MYSHA offers individual sessions or group work for adults and children, at rates to suit your budget.  Click here for bookings and enquiries.



Developing Self Awareness


Through MYSHA, we learn to be mindfully present to ourselves in a holistic sense (physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, creatively and spiritually).   When we do this, as we go through life’s experiences, we are better able to achieve greater understanding of who we are and how we are and what it is like for us to be in the world.  Using the practice of MYSHA, we can explore these useful questions, gain greater levels of self awareness, make decisions about how we want to be and set our course for living the life we choose.



An Experiential Approach


Put simply, an experiential approach means we don’t just sit down and discuss/talk about our experiences or challenges, although 'talk' is part of the process.  We enter our experiencing in the now and notice what is happening within us.  MYSHA facilitates a creative and hands on, experiential process.  This leads to wholistic, embodied knowing so that we can arrive at understanding which isn’t merely found in our thinking minds.


Why is this so important?


Understanding at the thinking level is how we assume our minds work.  The use of CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) has been used successfully in the reprogramming of old habits which no longer serve.  The power of positive thinking and changing your thoughts, for example, has been written about and read by millions, the world over.  Yet, cognition is just a part of who we are as human beings.  What has been found in educational theory, psychology and neuroscientific research today, is that our ways of knowing and understanding are multimodal – that is, they do not just occur on a thinking level.  Rather, we learn and we come to understanding through whole, embodied, life experiences which involve many modes: our senses of touch, smell, sight, taste and sound, our dreams, visions, images, memories, metaphors, symbols, sensations, feelings, emotions, intuition and of course language.  What we have been calling the mind,  (the thinking and understanding parts of ourselves),  extends well beyond our physical head/brain, throughout our bodies, to the ends of our billion plus nerves and even further, energetically speaking, out into the space that lies between us as individuals and our environment.  There's a whole lot more to the mind than the thoughts we think and the words we speak.


A very simple example of this is that we cannot think/talk about what something tastes like; to truly taste it, we need to eat it and embody it to truly gain its full essence.  Similarly, in our quest for self awareness and a fuller understanding of ourselves, we need to explore experientially.  The arts provide the perfect platform.


I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understandConfucius (551 BC - 479 BC)



Meditation and Yoga


Meditation (dhyana), yoga breathing techniques (pranayama) and postures (asanas) are powerful ancient practices which help us to become more fully present and in the moment in a whole body sense.


Meditation and yoga are the M and Y in MYSHA.  They point us inwardly, to our unique and personal experience in the world - MY experience, MY world, MY body, MY feelings, MY needs, MY patterns of being, MY relationships and so on.


The meaning of the word yoga comes from the Sanskrit root yuj, which means to yoke or unify and what are we unifying in yoga? – our mind, body, heart and soul - our whole selves.


In MYSHA, yoga and meditation is often our “way in” on our holistic journey to self awareness.  Put very briefly, through the self awareness of yoga and the stillness of meditation, we gain focus and presence.  It is through presence - and the practice of mindfulness, that we can gain the ability to press the pause button in the now moment.  It is this pause that affords us a great point of power for management and change in our personal patterns of experiencing through life.




MY-S.H.A. Self Healing Arts


From the place of self awareness and greater focus that yoga and meditation provides, we learn to access and indwell our experiencing.  In MYSHA we explore this further using creative arts modes such as drawing, painting, sculpture, music, movement, creative writing.  The creative arts allow us to express and to represent in a holistic, integrated and embodied way.


Through creative cycles of amplification and reduction to essence, we discover that which is most significant to us.  We learn to listen and observe ourselves and make decisions about the way forward.  Along the way, we use a variety of creative arts therapy procedures such as description, writing keywords/phrases, clustering, mapping, developing themes/patterns and creating essence statements.  These procedures are applied on a needs basis and their employ rests upon the intuitive connection that occurs between participants and the therapist.  It's a connected and co-creative process which empowers the client to take action in their own self healing and wellbeing.




The Art of Companioning with Presence


The MYSHA approach to each individual client or group is one of companionship.  One of MYSHA’s integral values is that as companions we are constantly learning and practising the art of mindfulness.  We endeavour to raise our awareness of the group energy/individual to a level of observer of all that is arising within us and between us.


The working posture is one of being in, being for and being with.  Along our journey of learning to be more mindfully present and self aware, we learn how to be companions to one another.   These social and relational life skills are key to achieving more fuller understanding of each other.  Through greater understanding, we can achieve greater success and harmony in our relationships and in our world.


The aim is to build a relationship space which is safe and where each individual is respected, valued and included.  A variety of techniques of working together and being present to each other are used.  Whether we are working independently, in pairs, small groups or as a whole, we take the time to watch ourselves, listen to ourselves and take note of what is happening for us.  We ask, How am I experiencing this moment? The quality we seek to bring to each other as we interact and build our relationships is one of presence.  The collective energy in this companionship is intentionally focused on the now moment.  The potential for growth and positive change in this environment is vast.



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