Do you feel a sense of freedom when you put your dancing shoes on?
There’s no doubt dancing is one of the best ways of expressing yourself. For dancing is so much more than moving your feet to the rhythm. It is more than just moving your hips and waving your hands.
Dance is a language that doesn’t need words. “Dancing it out” not only helps you express yourself, but it also helps you release your frustration, stress, and anger with every move. This makes dance a therapeutic activity.
What’s Dance Therapy?
The body often knows things that the mind may not be aware of.
Our bodies act as physical representations of our memories and life experiences. Dance movement therapy helps the body in connecting with these memories and life experiences.
Our actions speak more clearly than words. Releasing the knowledge that has been physically and mentally stored in the body over time, helps us convey the intangible and increase consciousness.
Traditionally, therapy is often associated with an image of a person sitting on the couch and talking for long hours over sessions and sessions. However, by definition:
“Dance therapy is the psychotherapeutic use of movement as a process which furthers the emotional, cognitive and physical integration of the individual”
In simpler words, dance movement therapy helps you stay not only physically fit and healthy, but it also keeps your mental and emotional health strong.
By dancing your worries away, you are not only relieving the tension in your body and mind but you also gain self-esteem, confidence, and a way to express yourself – emotionally!
Dance is also a huge stress reliever. Let’s dive into how dance can help you let go of stress.
How Does Dance Therapy Help Relieve Stress?
Research shows that dance therapy can be effective in treating stress. Dance Therapy and Mental Health are closely related. Dance therapy can help to reduce many mental issues.
Let’s see how dance therapy works in relieving stress:
1. Drains Out Toxins
Stress isn't just a feeling; it's a physiological response that manifests in your body. Hormones like cortisol are released in response to stressful situations and get collected. Dancing literally helps in flushing out the toxins that get collected in your body.
Hence, dance therapy helps in lowering stress levels. You shouldn't be surprised if you have fewer colds and muscle aches as well.
2. Improves mood with happy hormone
Dancing regularly helps you elevate your mood and sharpen your concentration. Dancing produces endorphins or happy hormones in the body. These happy hormones make you feel happy and help in reducing body pain.
Our bodies naturally produce endorphins as painkillers to lessen stress and boost focus. Our bodies feel calm and relaxed after a vigorous workout thanks to endorphins. Who's to argue that dancing isn't a form of exercise?
3. Gives you a Creative Distraction
Too much stress at work or home can make us feel trapped within our minds and body. By assisting you in removing yourself from stressful situations in your life, dancing helps you decompress and recharge your brain.
This in turn helps you face the day with newfound energy. How is this achieved? By preventing you from thinking about anything else and by keeping you busy with your movement and music!
4. Feels like Meditation
Dance movement therapy allows you to become aware of your body while keeping stressful thoughts at bay. Dance therapy helps you become more conscious of where your body stores stress in the form of muscle tension. Dance therapy also teaches you how to release it.
If you’re a person who doesn’t like to sit still for meditation, dance therapy is a wonderful alternative for you. While dancing, all your focus is on your breathing, movements, and performance.
5. Self-Expression All the Way
As we don't have enough opportunity to vent our stressful thoughts and feelings, stress keeps getting accumulated in the body. Almost everyone can agree on how wonderful it is to "get things off our chest" by venting to a friend or writing in a diary.
Dance therapy is a more therapeutic way to express our feelings. Thus, making it a terrific way to let off steam.
In conclusion, Life can get too demanding sometimes, which makes you want to run away. Some people decide to dance, while others decide to meditate or visit the gym. Dance therapy releases happy hormones that make you feel like a happier version of yourself.
Dance is a language that helps people express their emotions and get in touch with themselves. So, the next time you feel overwhelmed, close your eyes and dance like nobody’s watching!
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