Movement as our medicine…..
I believe that body and mind are directly related and through movement we find a healthy balance and sense of wholeness.
We are born into bodies that are relatively fluid and free; bodies that express instinctively the circulation of life force through movement. As babies, and then through childhood and adolescence we often encounter circumstance and emotion which we are unable to accommodate into this elemental fluidity. In subtle and invisible ways we freeze and harden. Our bodies hold the experience within us, locked up as immobile or stagnant energy. This pattern of holding and hardening becomes habitual. In many ways we feel and get stuck.
The practice of the 5Rhythms® dance and yoga supports and encourages ways in which to free this trapped vitality to give ourselves more movement and more freedom in our lives. The more we can learn how to absorb and digest the power of all our experience the more fully and creatively we can live, the more fluid we become mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Dance is a very effective way to raise moral and well being. It is a fun and safe way of deepening and exploring ones sense of self. In a safe and creative way we can also explore how we relate to others, enabling us the courage to reconnect or deepen our relationship with our community. Everyone moves at their own unique pace and the facilitated journey through movement catalyses shifts when they are ready to occur. A key teaching in this work is that when we put the psyche in motion through moving the body, it will heal itself. What we shift and heal on the dance floor also transforms in our lives.
This work is a moving meditation where our movement becomes our medicine.
Therapeutic benefits include…..
~An enjoyable way to exercise. Physically improving mobility, coordination and reducing muscle tension. It strengthens the immune system through muscular action and physiological processes, therefore promoting healing benefits in prevention and recovery from illness.
~Releasing, reducing and managing stress. Increasing energy levels. Reclaiming the flow of life energy through the body by unsticking and releasing held blockages.
~Through moving our bodies we clear, calm and settle our minds. The quickest way to still the mind is to move the body.
~Emotionally, dance is reported to improve self-awareness, self-confidence, and interpersonal interaction, and is an outlet for communicating feelings. Through dance people can identify and safely express their innermost emotions, bringing those feelings to the surface. This can create a deeply welcomed sense of renewal, unity, and completeness.
~Develop a deeper, healthy self awareness and positive self esteem. Freeing ourselves up from old habits. We cultivate comfort and acceptance in our bodies, by embracing whatever is present in the dance.
~Stimulate creativity and positive, fluid expression. Fostering of healthy skills for learning to relate in a genuine and fullfilling way to oneself, each other and our wider communities. Communicating with a greater sense of fullfillment, presence, openness and clarity.
~Experience, express, explore our basic truths. Practical tools for embodying who we really are and sourcing the confidence to give that everything we have got. Accessible for all people and fun as we find our center and we learn to ride lifes waves.
~To be at home in the body is to be at home wherever we go. This is a simple and fun, yet profound practice accessible to all people.