Dance/Movement Therapy

What is Dance/Movement Therapy ?

Did you know that dancing helps you reduce the chances of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease?

According to a recent New England Journal of Medicine study conducted over a 21-year period, researchers discovered that dancing could reduce the incidences of dementia by an astounding 76 percent.  The best type of dancing to help lower your risk is called freestyle dancing which simply means moving your hands and feet to the music. You do not have to know any special styles or techniques; the only requirement of freestyle dancing is that you stay in constant motion and make quick decisions about your movements.  In this way, your brain is at work rerouting neural pathways so that you have more neurological storage capability.

The results of the study show that dancing can do more to help ward off dementia than reading or other physical activities because of the type of work required in the brain.  While any physical activity offers multiple benefits, dancing forces the brain to work in different ways because of its lack of repetitive motion as in biking or swimming.  In addition, sedentary activities, such as reading or solving crossword puzzles can ward off dementia, but statistical benefit is not as evident as it is with dancing.  Dancing, with its freedom of movement and expression, combines kinesthetic, rational and emotional functions together for tremendous physical and mental gains.

With aging, physical activity provides long lasting physical and mental benefits, so why not turn on your favorite song, stand up and dance as if no one is watching.  Dancing makes you feel younger and stronger.  Try it today and see how much better you feel!


Dance/Movement Therapy at Haven Behavioral Hospital of Albuquerque

Based on the mind-body connection, dance/movement therapy (DMT) at Haven Behavioral Hospital of Albuquerque uses dance and movement to improve the emotional, psychological, social, physical and spiritual health of individuals.  DMT uses basic and everyday movements to help individuals better connect with themselves and each other.   DMT groups are generally set to music and can have a playful and energizing quality.  No dance experience or skill is necessary to take part in dance/movement therapy as the focus is on each individual’s unique movements rather than any dance technique.  Thus, DMT can be used for everyone regardless of cognitive or physical capabilities as it aims to celebrate the creative and expressive capacity in us all.

Margaret Migliorati, MA, LPCC, R-DMT, NCC

Margaret Migliorati, MA, LPCC, R-DMT, NCC, is a registered dance/movement therapist (R-DMT) with the American Dance Therapy Association and a Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LPCC) in the state of NM.  Margaret obtained her master’s degree in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling Psychology in 2000 and has been practicing with a variety of clinical populations since that time.  Margaret is currently a therapist at St. Martin’s Hospitality Center providing individual and group therapy.  She is also Vice President of the ADTA board of directors and is a staunch advocate for the use of dance, movement and the creative arts in healing.

Dance/ Movement Therapy
Dance/ Movement Therapy
Haven Behavioral Hospital of Albuquerque,
Using dance and movement to improve the emotional, psychological, social, physical and spiritual health of individuals.
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5400 Gibson Blvd SE
Albuquerque, NM 87108
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