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Dance therapy is a form of expressive therapy that involves the use dance and movement in order. Also referred to as dance/movement therapy, the primary goal of this therapeutic treatment approach is to promote emotional, mental, and physical growth and healing. Like music therapy, art therapy, and other expressive types of therapy, dance therapy is based on the premise that healing is facilitated and enhanced when people are encouraged to express themselves openly and freely in a safe and supportive atmosphere.
Creative self-expression not only stems from deeply-felt emotion, it also gives a voice to feelings that are often difficult to articulate with words.
This is one of the reasons dance therapy is especially effective for individuals who are struggling with unresolved trauma and other deeply painful emotional issues. When those feelings get trapped within the body, they manifest in a variety of problematic ways. Dance therapy provides a unique medium for catharsis and healing because it emphasises the powerful connection between the body and mind.
Since dance therapy doesn’t rely on verbal expression or interaction, it breaks down barriers that traditional talk therapy and most other types of therapy can’t. This makes it suitable for a wide range of individuals and conditions, including those with dementia, developmental delays, traumatic brain injury, as well as those who struggle to find words to express their thoughts and feelings.
Dance therapy is used in a wide variety of clinical and non-clinical settings. It’s appropriate for young children to the very elderly. Since dance is a universal language, dance therapy is appropriate for individuals from all backgrounds and walks of life. The ability of dance and movement to touch the soul at the deepest level enables dance therapy to improve a person’s wellbeing in every way – emotionally, physically, mentally, and socially.
Dance therapists use movement as an intervention – a means to elicit buried emotions, give a voice to taboo topics, and allow for the processing and release of internal conflicts, worries, and fears. A skilled dance therapist uses various forms of movement to help therapy clients relax and open up.