What is Dance Movement Therapy?

Dance therapy is NOT a dance class; and therefore, you don’t have to be a dancer (or even know anything about dancing) to benefit. According to the Dance Movement Therapy Association of Australasia, dance therapy is ‘the relational and therapeutic use of dance and movement to further the physical, emotional, cognitive, social, and cultural functioning of a person’. In short, the aim is to achieve true well-being on all levels. In movement psychotherapy, your body is the key to facilitate profound healing of feelings which might be trapped within.

How does Dance Therapy work?

Dance has been used therapeutically for thousands of years. We all know that moving is good for both body and mind and has an abundance of mental and emotional benefits – as I like to say: ‘Moving is life’. When we move, endorphins are released which make us feel better, and they are the same endorphins that help us concentrate, sleep better, have more energy and arm us for mental/emotional life challenges. Due to the body-mind connection, motion can bring about change/growth of emotion.

What does a Dance Therapist do?

We combine elements of dance, movement systems and creative processes with psychological/scientific theories. Since we are trained in understanding the whole body/mind relationship within us, dance therapy sessions are beneficial in clinical, institutional, community and private settings. It is our job to adapt to each client’s needs to provide our therapeutic expertise to facilitate growth and change, using movement to help clients achieve emotional, cognitive, physical and social integration. After establishing a good base of trust and mutual connection, it is our aim for each individual to recognise and (re-)connect with their own full potential.

How agile do I have to be?

As mentioned above, you don’t need any experience with dancing (and you won’t be learning dance moves). Dance Therapy is suitable for all abilities. I have worked with clients ranging from toddlers through to elderlies in wheelchairs. You might be surprised how much movement you discover during a therapy session!

What happens in a dance movement therapy session?

A session is usually for 60 minutes. Since each client/group is unique and special in their own way, no dance therapy session is like another. There is no single fixed type of movement style, but we move our bodies mindfully and purposefully. Depending on the client’s needs I may also work with art material. During the session, I will observe and analyse movements and develop a therapeutic programme from there.

What are the benefits of Dance Movement Therapy?

Holistic movement psychotherapy has helped people with many things such as:

  • Stress reduction
  • Mood management
  • Developmental delays
  • Psychological issues
  • Mental/emotional health conditions
  • Eating disorder recovery
  • Improving their body image & self-esteem
  • Improving communication skills
  • Relationships
  • Mother-infant bonding
  • Traumatic injuries

Who can book Dance Therapy sessions?

As literally, anyone can benefit from dance movement therapy, this form is suitable for all ages and physical abilities. As mentioned before, you don’t need to be a dancer to participate. As a Dance Therapist, I have worked with …

Authentic Movement Therapy

A sub-practice of Dance Therapy, Authentic Movement Therapy is an experience which is deeply nourishing to heart and spirit. Completely self-directed, you follow your impulses to move through space to lead you to your own healing process.