Hi everyone, 

Thank you to Joanna, Leonarda, Alison and Ivy for all of your comments! For this post I decided to look into Alison’s suggestion, but I may come back and see what else I can find out about things that you are interested in! 

For this post I will be exploring how dance and movement based therapy can improve participants emotional health. 

Dance movement therapy (DMT) is different from just dancing. (4) DMT is the use of movement and dance psychotherapeutically to support intellectual, emotional and motor functions. It explores the idea that movement is a universal language and can be used creatively to express emotions and individual personality, and although it can improve physical health, exercise is not the main focus. (2,3,4) It typically takes place in metal health centres, rehabilitation centres, nursing homes, day care centres, disease prevention centres, and private practices it can occur in individual, couple, family and group settings. (2)

 

One of the activities that a movement therapist would use is called mirroring. Mirroring is when someone creates a movement and then someone else matches or repeats that movement. By repeating that persons movement, you are making them feel included, listened to and respected and are showing that you appreciate that person. (3) 

 

Dance movement therapy has many different benefits. It can improve physical, cognitive, mental health and social issues such as chronic pain, cancer, dementia, anxiety, depression and autism, which would improve emotional health. (4) It has also been known to improve emotional, physical and cognitive integration, mood, self-esteem and reduce stress. (3)  

 

One place where dance movement therapy is being practiced is The Palisades at Broadmoor Park Senior Residences. They offer a program called ‘Let’s Keep Moving.’ The program includes dance and creative movement to stimulate range of motion, balance and coordination. They use a technique called “signature movements” where a participant does a movement and the instructor mirrors the movement. At the end they do “instant choreography” where all of the participants watch and remember the others movements and then repeat them. Some benefits of this program have included personal growth, social connectivity, and physical improvements, and the participants were moving and feeling better. (1) Programs like this are extremely important and can improve the lives of many people.

Etta

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Hi Etta! 

Dance movement therapy is something I've heard in the past, but didn't know much about. I'm really glad you explained it because it gave me a better understanding on what it's all about, including what it may contribute; such as personal growth, and social connectivity. I think it would be really awesome if you discussed the history of dance movement therapy, and where and why it originated it from. Here's a source you could possibly use! 

https://blogs.uoregon.edu/esextonw14/timeline/ 

Awesome job once again, I really liked your post !

Hey Etta!

Great job on your post! Unlike Venus, I had never heard about Dance Movement Therapy, and it was very interesting to learn about. Dance is definitely something I personally use to relieve tension and built-up emotion so it is not surprising for me that it can be used as a form of therapy. You mentioned how DMT can reduce stress, and improve our cognitive integration. If it interests you, I would definitely do more research about DMT.

Here are some sources that may be of use to you:
https://counsellingbc.com/coun...movement-therapy-195 

https://adta.org/2014/11/08/wh...ncemovement-therapy/ 

Good luck!

Hi Etta! 

 This topic is awesome, and very fitting for you! I really like all your points about dance being beneficial to physical and mental health, and how it affects all age groups. It's so interesting how DMT is different from just dancing.

 Your point about mirroring was so cool! I remember when I was a kid I did dance and the teacher got us to do mirroring exercises. Looking back, I can see how I felt included and more connected to the other dancers. 

  If you're looking more into this, here's a resource you can use if you want: 

 https://www.psychologytoday.co...23-feelings-in-dance

 Keep up the research, it's so interesting! 

Hi Etta! 

Once again, good job on your research round! It was really organized. I really enjoyed how you added some photos as they made it interesting and aided in my comprehension of your topic. Dance movement therapy is a concept that I find very interesting. It’s a beautiful thought on how movement is a universal language, and I agree with what you said. I specifically enjoyed how you explained that DMT’s main focus was mental health. Dance, in general, is thought to benefit physical health instead due to its various movements involving balance and coordination. In the first website found below, I learned that DMT releases endorphins. In your next rounds, you should talk about the chemicals our body releases. It would be interesting in seeing how they affect us and our mental health in short and long terms. If you are interested in moving into researching about another creative processes, I suggest you in delving into include music and art. I would be excited to see you do research rounds on these topics if you are intrigued. However, if you are interested in continuing researching this topic, you may be intrigued in looking into its effects on the brain, stories of people who DMT really touched (history), and how exactly programs are integrating this fascinating therapy to individuals wanting in benefiting from it. 

Websites to look into: 

https://www.psychologytoday.co...nce-movement-therapy 

 https://www.collective-evoluti...enefits-your-health/  

https://www.artsforla.org/why-...-need-arts-education  

 

Good luck! 

Alison 😉 

 

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