There is absolutely a therapeutic component to this work. Though we are not movement therapists, in our classes, instructors use movement, a component of dance, to assist with emotional and behavioral challenges. For that reason, the “dance” comes from the individual, not the instructor, as an organic expression of the self. It becomes the responsibility of the instructor and each class member to to support and validate each individual’s existence through witnessing, mirroring, and expounding upon movements that arise in this therapeutic movement conversation.
- improving body image
- communication skills
- enhance the functioning of the body’s circulatory and respiratory systems
- stress, fears and anxieties
- feelings of isolation
- body tension
- chronic pain
Dance/movement therapy has been used with individuals dealing with, but not limited to, Alzheimer’s disease, Autism, ADHD, cancer, chronic pain, depression, dementia, mental illness, mood and anxiety disorders, movement disorders, sensory processing disorders, trauma, and even violence prevention.