Māori Mental Health Consumers' Sensory Experience of Kapa Haka and Its Utility to Occupational Therapy Practice
Hollands, T; Sutton, D; Wright-St Clair, VA; Hall, R
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Sensory modulation is an emerging occupational therapy intervention within adult mental health services. However, cultural variations in the use of sensory modulation have not been directly explored. In New Zealand, the traditional performing arts of kapa haka are used within Māori services as a cultural intervention. This qualitative study explored Māori mental health consumers’ sensory experiences during kapahaka via in-depthinterviews. Participants experienced feeling safe, being grounded in their bodies, and having an enhanced cultural identity. The findings support the use of culturally-responsive sensory modulation activities within occupational therapy practice and highlight the need for further research.