Medical Clowning is a form of therapy used to alleviate the stresses of hospital patients and bring humor to often difficult medical realities. Alina Ashbal and Vally Kulas, leaders in the field of Medical Clowning, will present the techniques and artistry of clowning that have allowed patients to minimize their levels of anxiety and has proved to have rehabilitative benefits.
Shai Bazak, Consul General of Israel to New England, explained, “Israel is a leader in medical innovation and technology. Medical clowning emerged from a need to provide support to individuals that face the challenges that accompany these medical treatments”
Over the past three decades, Medical Clowning has evolved into a successful and widely used therapy in Israel that is implemented in Hospitals around the country and taught in many major universities. Through using puppetry and clowning, Medical clowns work to combat the fear, depression and challenges that exist when both children and adults are hospitalized or diagnosed with mental and physical disabilities.
The program brings humor to patients and the current delegation will introduce these techniques to various medical professionals in the Boston-area. As a global medical center, Boston hospitals, universities and institutions will greatly benefit from therapeutic means that bring happiness to the lives of patients.
The Israeli Medical Clowning Delegation was brought to Boston by the Consulate General of Israel to New England.