Holistic Centre for Body, Mind & Spirit

(Dance) Body Movement Therapy

While the historically documented use of dance as a healing art can be found in different cultures all over the world, the contemporary profession incorporates dance, movement and psychological theories and therapeutic practices developed primarily in Europe and North America.

Source: www.admt.org.uk.
Association for Dance Movement Therapy UK

What are arts therapies?

Arts therapies should not be confused with using the arts for fun or creativity.

Arts therapies are a way of using the arts – for example, music, painting, clay, dance, voice or drama – in a therapeutic environment with a trained therapist. They can help you to express things that are hard to put into words.

You do not need to have any special skill or previous experience of the arts in order to benefit from arts therapies, and the aim is not to produce a wonderful work of art, but to use the art form to understand yourself better with the help of the therapist.

Arts therapists are skilled in whichever medium they use, and they will help you to express yourself by creating something. They will then help you make sense of what you have created in relation to your life experience and your state of mind.

Whatever you express is contained in the therapy room in a way that is safe; they will maintain professional boundaries, just as any therapist should, and act within the code of practice of their chosen therapy.

Who are arts therapies for?

For some people, arts therapies may provide more profound and long-lasting healing than more standard forms of treatment for psychological problems. They can provide a powerful means of expression and a release from trauma.

They are particularly helpful if you feel distanced from your feelings or if you find it too upsetting to talk about painful experiences, and would therefore find it difficult to benefit from talking therapies, such as counselling or psychotherapy. Using the art form to express yourself, you can express your feelings without words, come to terms with events, or even learn to live with the memory of difficult experiences.

What happens in (dance) movement therapy?

Dance, or (dance) movement, therapy is based on the idea that the way people hold themselves and move expresses the way they feel about themselves. It uses dance and movement to help you express those feelings spontaneously and to feel that your mind and body are integrated. It may help you to become more aware of emotions that you find it hard to talk about and more at ease with your body. Dance therapy may be used with individuals or in groups.

How (dance) movement therapy can help

The therapist observes, acknowledges and supports your movements, and encourages you to develop and change your movement to change the way you feel. For example, if you are subdued and generally carry yourself stooped and small, you may be encouraged to reach up and out and stand more upright, so you feel more self-confident. Through moving with you and copying your movement patterns, the therapist can directly share some of your experience and can develop an instant empathy and awareness of how you are feeling.

(Dance) movement therapy is also helpful if you want to develop greater self-understanding and personal growth. It may be particularly effective if your problems are expressed physically; for example, if you are concerned about body image, or if your emotional problems come out as physical illnesses. It may also help you if you struggle with issues around bodily contact and trust.

If you have a history of early trauma or psychotic experiences this may affect the way you hold yourself and move. Movement in therapy becomes a method of remembering, and expressing and resolving issues.

If you have feelings of being detached and disconnected from your surroundings, and out of touch with everyday life, dance movement therapy may help you to express your feelings physically and to be more aware of your body as part of yourself.

Source: www.mind.org.uk.
Mind, the mental health charity

When you create you lose yourself in your creation. Time seems to stand still and all else is forgotten. You participate in the divine play that is creativity. The truth is that you are the Creative Self, expressing through the human vessel of your body, emotions, mind and soul.

Losing yourself in the divine embrace of the creative process, you disappear. Your ego or limited sense of separateness vanishes and you emerge into the vast ocean that is creativity. This is an altered state of intuitive awareness in which you renounce control from your head alone. Instead, you allow the Creative Self to flow through your heart, your body and your intuition.

And that vessel – physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual – can be shaped only through hard work and awareness. We must harmonise these four aspects of our being. For instance, the body and emotions need time to digest flashes of inspiration the soul and mind receive.

Source: www.luciac.com
Lucia Capacchione

Anam Cara’s practitioner says, "I have been a successful psychic and healer for many years. I have trained in NLP, Hypnotherapy, Deep Memory Process, Pranic Healing and Energy Clearing.

“Working closely with Anam Cara as a holistic centre and with Anam Cara’s team of practitioners who offer a range of different and integrated therapies is where I see my practice growing further. Primarily this is due to the high ethics and moral values that Anam Cara represents. I feel aligned with their purpose, holding, helping and supporting of clients. It is very important to the way I work too.

“My own healing journey, and the need for a total integration of my gifts and skills, compelled me to commit to reading a Masters in Dance Movement Therapy & Psychotherapy, journeying further into the body-mind connections which I very much use in my current practice.

“Anam Cara’s team of practitioners provides an umbrella of excellent therapies and a supportive safety net for a client on their journey towards recovery of their full life potential. I feel that being a part of this team is not only a personal blessing for me, but it adds another avenue of healing for clients to choose from. I believe this will be a great unfolding and marvellous journey for us all.”