Who in their right mind would go to a dance/movement therapist to get help for anxiety, trauma or grief couseling?
What in the world does dance have to do with therapy?
Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT) has nothing to do with ballet lessons, nor any type of dance routine.
Rather, DMT has all to do with the psychotherapeutic use of movement to promote emotional, social, cognitive, and physical integration of the individual, for the purpose of improving health and well-being.
Dance/Movement Therapists receive extensive training in movement analysis in order to attune to the non-verbal communcation of clients and help them process thoughts and feelings by paying attention to the body and how it expresses itself through:
- breathing patterns
- muscle tone
- tone of voice
Dance/Movement Therapy helps improve body image and awareness and can be used at various levels, such as teaching, rehabilitation or therapy with children, adolescents, adults and elderly who suffer from
- anxiety disorders
- grief and trauma
- mood disorders
- somatoform disorders (especially chronic pain syndromes)
- eating disorders (anorexia nervosa)
- Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias
Recent findings in neuroscience confirm and explain the effectiveness of a body-based approaches to psychotherapy.