Dance Movement

What is Dance/Movement Therapy ?

Did you know that dance/movement therapy can help neurological function?  The best type of dancing 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.

Studies show that dancing can do more to help neurological function 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.  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.

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