Thursday Therapy : Experience Your happy hormones through Movement Therapy

Therapies effectively facilitate many skills -competencies and can also be very effective for your immunity, long life, well being and also solve lifestyle disorders!!! In all my training programs some of my dance metaphors have not only made people bring out the best hidden in them, it also broke the ice to create long term relationships. In general I have seen people happiest and ecstatic when they immerse themselves in dance. The happy hormones like oxytocin-dopamine -serotonin are best experienced during some form of movement. Movement therapy, usually referred to as simply as dance therapy or DMT. It is a type of therapy that uses movement to help individuals achieve emotional, cognitive, physical, and social integration. Beneficial for both physical and mental health, dance therapy can be used for stress reduction, disease prevention, and mood management. In addition, DMT's physical component offers increased muscular strength, coordination, mobility, and decreased muscular tension. Dance/movement therapy can be used with all populations and with individuals, couples, families, or groups. In general, dance therapy promotes self-awareness, self-esteem, and a safe space for the expression of feelings. Research has demonstrated that dance therapy can be effective in the treatment of mental health issues like disordered eating, depression, and anxiety.

If you are experiencing stress -depression -anger -jealousy or even general blues, overwhelmed with work try DMT. This heals like no other drug or doctor. Regular practice in fact helps you maintain good health and peak in performance no matter what you do. In my deep dive research as executive coach, mentor, teacher I found that a lot of science behind the same. Thus we use it in our regular practice as an important tool for success and also performance enhancement!!

The roots of dance therapy can be traced back to the modern dance movement of the 19th century. The movement grew from the idea that dance could go beyond simple entertainment and be used as a form of communication and expression. In other words, emotional content was infused into dance. By the middle of the 20th century, the modern dance movement had laid the groundwork for dance therapy pioneers Marian Chace, Mary Whitehouse, and Trudy Schoop. They formed the foundation for dance therapy through the addition of observation, interpretation, and the manipulation of dance elements into the practice. But regardless of theoretical approach, all dance therapists must pursue graduate training in order to become certified dance/movement therapists.

Most people understand that dancing can be good for their health; it improves cardiovascular endurance, muscle tone, balance, and coordination. Dance can also boost a person’s mood, improve his or her body image, and provide an opportunity for fun that may lower overall stress and anxiety. While these elements are certainly beneficial, dance/movement therapy takes therapeutic dance to another level. People in treatment with a qualified dance therapist have the right to confidentiality, and dance therapists provide a safe space for people to express themselves. Movement becomes more than exercise—it becomes a language. People in treatment communicate conscious and unconscious feelings through dance, which allows a therapist to respond to support remedy... Dance therapists help people work on issues through the use of a “movement vocabulary” that is centered around physical expression instead of words. Dance/movement therapists assess body language, non-verbal behaviors, and emotional expressions. Treatment interventions are tailored to address the needs of certain populations. Some intervention examples may include:

  • Utilizing “mirroring” to illustrate empathy for an individual and validation of his or her experience.

  • Incorporating jumping rhythms into a dance with a group of people experiencing depression because research has shown decreased levels of vertical movement in people with depression.

  • Making use of a “movement metaphor” to help a person physically demonstrate a therapeutic challenge or achievement

We have now introduced DMT in our regular therapy and training sessions, to help participants lead a happy-healthy -harmonious life!

Some of the issues that can be solved by DMT are following:

  1. Building Confidence & Self esteem : DMT adds to the body language and also over all confidence with regular practice. You may have also experienced that dancers, sports folks and others who are into rhythmic movements gain a lot of confidence. Dance/movement therapy is a versatile form of therapy founded on the idea that motion and emotion are interconnected.

  2. Curing Physical ailments and Issues - DMT can salvage issues like chronic pain, obesity, cancer, arthritis, hypertension or even cardiovascular diseases. The rhythmic movements initiates better mental and physical health thereby supporting well being.

  3. Supporting mental wellbeing -DMT also helps mental relaxation and harmony. Conditions like anxiety, depression, anorexia or other stress conditions can also be cured with regular practice.

  4. Cognitive improvements : Dementia, Communication issues can also be supported with DMT tools and techniques.

  5. Social Issues and anxiety to be cured -can also be worked out through this therapy. This ensures that one is able to relax and get a hold of their aggression, conflicts or such related disorders.

  6. Supportive procedures for best outcomes -DMT sessions often include observation, assessment, warm-ups, interventions, verbal processing, and warm-down phases focused on closure. Sessions can be highly structured or non-directive and may be conducted individually or in groups. Although each dance/movement therapist will have his or her own style, certified dance/movement therapists basic common mission and principles. Primary mission being Facilitate life-span development and prevent, diagnose, and treat issues that interfere with healthy functioning. And the main principle is to adhere a natural style of allowance for best outcomes.

Though DMT is a special process and needs to be supervised by a therapist, engagement in regular movement or dance activities could also facilitate similar benefits for individuals who practice it. Do share with us your experience in terms of such interventions.

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