We all know that moving the body through exercise or yoga is beneficial to your overall physical and mental health, but have you ever considered how DANCE can help you heal from the inside out? Think about it, you’re never NOT happy when you dance. Whether you prefer to dance alone or with friends in your car, at a wedding, in your living room or pretty much anywhere – you’ve noticed the joy and bliss that dancing can bring. I mean, it’s pretty hard to be stressed out when you’re shaking what your momma gave you!
Growing up I had the tendency to become really isolated from other people my age and when I would feel lonely, sad, or anxious I would always plug in my stereo while blasting Britney Spears “Hit Me Baby One More Time!” CD for hours on end. Dancing came effortlessly to me as it was a way for me to be completely present in my body, letting go of all my worries and stressors – even at the early age of 12 (middle school was stressful, okay?)
The reason why I want to share with you the healing benefits of dance it’s because EVERYONE can do it! If your 78 year old grandmother can dance to her favorite classics without any shame as to what she looks like or who could be watching – so can you! I challenge you this week to put aside whatever it is that you’re doing, even if it’s for 5 or 10 minutes, close your eyes and just MOVE!
Feelings and life experiences live inside the body and can get trapped there. You don’t have to be a dancer to benefit from dance therapy. The body can be the key to unlocking profound levels of healing. Dancing is considered to be a therapeutic exposure that can be used in conjunction with other therapies to help access genuine, long lasting health.
Notice what areas of your body respond to the music first, is it your arms? Your legs? Perhaps your hips if you’re listening to latin music? Choose a genre of music that inspires you to move. Turn this time into your moving meditation. Allow yourself to have fun. Dance therapy is not always seen as the go-to healing modality to treat symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress, fatigue, and other not so good ailments – but it IS so beneficial.
So what do you say? Get your favorite song playing, hit the repeat button, close your eyes and begin to move! Let us know if you’d be interested in taking a dance therapy workshop at Heal. in the near future – I’d love to be your dancing buddy!