Dance movement therapy is a type of therapy that uses movement to help individuals achieve emotional, cognitive, physical, and social integration. Good for both physical and mental health, dance therapy can be used for stress reduction, disease prevention, and mood management.
The physical component of dance motion therapy offers increased muscle strength, coordination motility, and deceased muscle tension. It can be used with all populations and individuals. Dance therapy promotes self awareness, self esteem and a safe space for the expression of feelings. It’s based on the idea that motion and emotion are interconnected. Emotion comes from motion! It’s commonly used to treat physical, psychological, cognitive, social issues such as chronic pain, childhood obesity, cancer, arthritis, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, mental issues, anxiety, depression, disordered eating, poor self-esteem, post-traumatic stress disorder, cognitive issues, dementia, social issues, autism and family conflicts.
Research on dance movement therapy continues to show promise as a viable treatment or adjunct therapy for many physical, mental health issues. The key principals are that the mind/body are interconnected so that a change in one impacts the other; movement becomes more than exercise, it becomes a language. As its said music is the food of the soul and when combined with motion and movement, it will elevate the mood and affects the overall health. In Europe, it’s quite common for medical doctors to prescribe dance/music therapy because its gets to the core of soul of the patient.
It’s recommended for parents bonding with their children, couples enjoying a new activity and singles meeting new friends. Dance/music therapy is also beneficial for big companies to motivate their employees for health and fitness by learning coordination and balance for longevity, creativity, and productivity. It has been noticed that incorporating any form of dance therapy/movement with music into a daily routine for at least 20 minutes a day will boost energy and increase focus for any task at hand.
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