Have You Thought About The Therapeutic Effects Of Dance When Recovering From Ill Health?
27th October 2015
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What is dance therapy, you may say?  Well, Dance therapy uses movement to improve mental and physical well-being.  It is a recognized form of complementary therapy used in hospitals and comprehensive clinical cancer centres.  Dance has a great way of making you feel better. It has been shown that dance therapy helps people accomplish the following:

  • Develop positive body image
  • Improve self-concept and self-esteem
  • Reduce stress, anxiety and depression
  • Decrease isolation, chronic pain and body tension
  • Increase communication skills
  • Encourage a sense of well-being

The physical benefits of dance therapy as exercise are well documented.  Experts have shown that any physical activity is known to increase special neurotransmitter substances in the brain (endorphins), which create a state of well-being.  This can promote confidence, self esteem and total body movement (such as dance) enhances the functions of other body systems, such as circulatory, respiratory, skeletal, and muscular systems.  Dance therapy can help you stay physically fit and enjoy the pleasure of creating rhythmic motions with your body.

Joining dance classes as a means of recovery from an illness or condition can have added benefits too.  Meeting new people who are like minded and enjoy the art of dancing can be great for your soul.  Friendship can lead to many positives through all aspects of your life and the gift of having someone to talk to can do wonders for your source of strength.

If you want someone to talk to about the benefits of dance from ballroom to street and everything in-between call Karen at Project Dance on: 01271 346384.

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