Why is conscious dance therapy so important to your well-being?
We can tend to be pre-occupied and live in our heads most of the time, and look outside of ourselves for the answers to our problems. Oh if only this would happen, then I will be happy. This continual pattern of searching and striving outside of ourselves takes us further away from our true self. While thinking has a creative place and having an active mind is wonderful, I feel the world in which we all live in, ‘thinking’ has become over emphasised. This may come as no surprise, but from my own experience, and also in witnessing others that i teach, I see time and time again that spending so much time living in our heads, causes anxiety, depression and stress for many people. In order to create more balance, quieting the mind (some of the time) is so important for our overall health and well-being. Conscious dance therapy is one way to spend less time in your head and more time connected to your body. Shifting your attention from ‘thinking’ into moving. Moving the body within a guided movement experience connects us to our ‘knowing’, to our essence, to our truth(s). I say ‘guided movement experience’ as for me this is something more. I have experienced many times, ecstatic dance. Often this is an experience where you are invited to dance freely, to uplifting and inspiring music for many hours! (usually there is little or no guidance). In essence it's about freeing yourself and dancing in your unique way.
During an experience such as this I am able to immerse myself into the experience, but then I have danced all my life and feel very comfortable expressing myself in this way. BUT here’s the thing, I still find myself 'in my head' a lot of time whilst ecstatic dancing. I do not get the same connection to my inner state as I do when I experience a ‘guided movement experience.' Of course I feel and know the benefits to this type of movement, and yes there are times in my life when I have had awesome ecstatic free-dance experiences! The music is certainly taking me on a journey and this type of experience is incredibly revealing and beneficial, but still it does not give me what conscious dance therapy/ guided movement gives me. Guided (meaning) - a teacher consciously crafts a movement experience. For example; this is crafted through authentic movement, structured therapeutic movement, simple choreography, body awareness, observing tension within the body, postural exploration, visualisations, symbology, mirroring/reflection, motivation, breathing techniques, love & care, and relaxation. A conscious dance guided movement experience turns our attention inwards. When we connect with the wisdom of our body, we become embodied. We feel rather than think. When this happens it changes everything. We begin to understand our self on a deeper level, this can be for example our beliefs, our behaviours, our fears, why we think and feel the way we do. We are able to connect with what is true for us.
Ultimately what is at our core is ‘being’. When we live and see the world from this place we move with more kindness, more love, more authenticity, more gratitude, more self responsibility. This is our true nature as human beings. Living from this place is for me the only choice. Conscious dance therapy is a gateway to creative expression, bringing the unconscious to the conscious and allowing you to get in touch with your inner state. Dance is a wonderful way to shift energy in the body and release emotional knots and blockages. There is an inherent talent and untapped creativity that resides within each of us. Letting go of that which is imposed onto you from the outside and trusting in source (soul / spirit), trusting in yourself and the wisdom within, you will unlock your potential and create more meaning with your self and in your life. I believe there is no swifter, truer way for someone to reach his/her fullest growth potential than through a guided conscious somatic movement practice. Who we are is reflected and manifested in our bodies. You are the only one who can take responsibility for your own feelings, emotions, actions and ultimately life. So my question for you this week is…when are you going to experience a conscious dance guided movement experience?
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