Dance Therapy: Dance or Dance Movement Therapy, is a type of therapy that uses movement to help individuals achieve emotional, cognitive, physical, and social integration. Beneficial for both physical and mental health, dance therapy can be used for stress reduction, disease prevention, and mood management.
Dance/movement therapy can be used with all populations and with individuals, couples, families, or groups. In general, dance therapy promotes self-awareness, self-esteem, and a safe space for the expression of feelings.
Culture plays a significant role in the process of healing the mind, body and spirit. Several studies have indicated that cultural traditions, such as religious rituals, prayer, meditation, movements as well as dance, have therapeutic aspects that positively affect one’s mental, physical and spiritual self. Research indicates that such dances have therapeutic value. For example, Indian philosophers identified that poses of Indian classical dances are based on the asana, or meditative poses.
Indian classical dance meets all the criteria required for a therapeutic purpose. Authors explained that there are certain conditions for dance or exercise to be therapeutic. Dance should fulfill the following requirements: (a) the movement or exercise should be enjoyable, fulfill the urge of expression that stays with one for a lifetime, (b) it must include the element of play, toning up the muscles and nervous system, (c) there should be symmetry of movement, addressing each and every body part, (d) it should strengthen the heart, improving capacity of lungs and, (e) it should involve the brain, challenging the nervous system, for the development of sound body and alert mind.
We work around holistic approach and integrate dance movement therapy to individual needs and health conditions. Our one of the very popular program is Bollywood dance, which incorporate music and dance movements on popular sound tracks.