Therapies Offered as Special Programs

Therapies Offered as Special Programs

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Pedro Reyes, Sanatorium, 2011-present. Installation view of Transmigration Express. Courtesy Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York. Photo © Kristopher Mckay. 

Pedro Reyes, Sanatorium, 2011-present. Installation view of Transmigration Express. Courtesy Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York. Photo © Kristopher Mckay. 

These special Sanatorium treatments will be offered throughout the duration of the exhibition. 

Vaccine Against Violence
Fridays, June 5, July 3, August 7, 6:00–8:00 pm

This is a cathartic procedure. Your therapist will ask you to blow up a balloon and draw on it the face of the person who has hurt you the most in your life. After doing so, you will place the balloon on top of a punching bag shaped as a headless dummy. Your therapist will encourage you to hit the dummy, yell at it, tell this person why you hate them so much, and how he or she did you wrong. Get even with the dummy; punch it until the balloon bursts. At the end you will be given a sugar pill, a placebo that is your “Vaccine Against Violence.” This is a walk in event, no R.S.V.P. required.

Compatibility Test for Couples
Thursdays, May 28, June 25, July 23, 6:00–8:00 pm
Saturdays, May 30, June 27, July 25, 11:00 am–1:00 pm and 2:00–4:00 pm

The objective of this therapy is to discover one person’s compatibility with another. To test this, couples choose fruit to represent themselves and their partner and then make juice from their selections. To register, click on one of the dates listed below.

Mudras
Thursdays, May 28, June 25, July 23, 6:00–8:00 pm
Saturdays, May 30, June 27, July 25, 11:00 am–1:00 pm and 2:00–4:00 pm

Mudras are symbolic gestures often performed with the fingers and hands that guide the flow of the body’s energy. In this therapy you will be taught several mudras you may find useful. After practicing these, you will invent some mudras of your own. Think of an issue that you would like to address, visualize how to improve or change it, and translate what you see and feel into a gesture using your hands. Incorporate other parts of your body if you’d like. Share your new mudra with the group and practice it together. This is a walk in event, no R.S.V.P. required.

Transmigration Express
Sunday, August 16, 1:00–2:00 pm

Celebrate the closing of Occupational Therapy with a session of “inner visioning.” Participants are asked to lie comfortably on the floor and close their eyes, covering them with a mask or goggles. Slowly warming up, the participants listen to instructions given by the therapist in a soft voice to help them open up to inner visions. They will be asked to hold a balloon between their knees and squeeze it gently while breathing evenly, concentrating their awareness on the effect this motion has on their bodies and minds; combining the inner visioning with this movement creates a kind of conscious dreaming, a state of creative being. This therapy may bring up memories of experiences, visions, or past emotional states, or it may create insight into the present state of mind. To register, click on the date listed below.