Dance Therapy – Dancing Towards Physical and Mental Health

If someone told you that dancing is actually healthy not just for the body, but for your mind as well, then you’d probably think that person is lying. Honestly, dancing and all other forms of movement are now considered a form of therapy for people who are having a hard time moving on from emotional problems and mental issues. This is because modern science and technology have come to recognize the positive effects that dancing brings to one’s physical and mental health.

The American Dance Therapy Associaton or ADTA define dance therapy as the use of movement in order to promote emotional, social, cognitive and physical integration of the person. In short, dancing can help people become more responsive to others and it also helps in overcoming and healing mental trauma. Dance therapy also gives people a past time activity to enjoy and they can even join several groups that promote and assist those who want to start enjoying the benefits of a group dance therapy session.

Dancing is often used as a form of expressing one’s thoughts and feelings. The graceful movement of a person while dancing often sends a different form of feelings towards the audience. Have you ever wondered why there is a category in dancing called “interpretative dancing”? That’s because of the movement the dancers somehow interpret what the music or song that the dancers are dancing to is all about.

The same can be said with dance therapy. When a person dances, everything in his/her body moves with the flow of music. Muscles and bones move in unison with the thoughts and feelings of the dancer, thus everything inside the human body is in harmony. This mysterious phenomenon is often associated with dancers suddenly experiencing feelings of well-being right after rigorous dance practice. This is often called the unity of mind, body, and spirit.