Dance Movement Therapy
Dance movement therapy (DMT) is the psychotherapeutic use of dance and movement in order to improve the physical and mental well-being of a person. The body and its non verbal expression are explicitly being used to promote health and well-being. DMT is used in a variety of settings with people who have social, emotional, cognitive, or physical concerns. Dance movement therapy can be done with both individuals and groups.
Dance movement therapists help people to be aware of what is going on in their bodies and how this relates to current or past feelings, emotions, thoughts, beliefs, and relationships.
Through dance and movement, and talking about their experiences, people can insight in conscious or unconscious conflicts which are creating tension and disease.
You don’t need to be a dancer or know how to dance the cha cha cha in order to benefit from this therapy.
Physically, dance therapy can provide exercise, improve mobility and muscle coordination, and reduce muscle tension. Emotionally, dance therapy is reported to improve self-awareness, self-confidence, and interpersonal interaction, helps gaining insight and is an outlet for communicating feelings.