Community Dance, Therapeutic Dance and DMP
It is not uncommon to see the word “therapeutic” associated with dance, but in most cases, it describes a sense of wellness, or feeling better. It is important to point out that “dance therapy” is not a phrase but an actual profession – Dance Movement Psychotherapy – which is regulated by a governing body and code of ethical practice.  Both create meaningful engagement an...

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The mind/body connection in chronic pain
Chronic pain debilitates around 28 million adults in the UK alone, yet there is apparently no cure. Perhaps this is because we have been searching for the wrong type of answer, in the wrong place. Perhaps the answer lies in understanding that the mind and body, rather than being separate, are intrinsically connected. Many people are aware that stress can induce physical sympto...

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Health conditions that benefit from Tai Chi
In class we hear many instances of how Tai Chi benefits the participants – every individual has their own story to tell – but there is also a growing body of scientific evidence which supports Tai Chi as valid complementary or alternative therapeutic exercise for many health conditions.    The results of studies which have recently been published in several international J...

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How Tai Chi benefits the brain
Although Tai Chi lacks the improvisation and spontaneity of DMP, there is strong correlation to aspects of sensorimotor psychotherapy and the transpersonal dimension.  Neuroscience  shows that Tai Chi can activate the parietal cortex of the brain in a beneficial way,  leading to a sense of where the body is, and keeping areas that are key to memories engaged, too. The neural sy...

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The benefits of Tai Chi’s slow movement
In today’s fast-paced world, it is good for our minds and bodies to slow down.  Moving slowly is a key Tai Chi principle.  Allowing time for mind and body to connect and ‘tuning in’ to the breath relieves stress and aids relaxation.  Slow movement has many physiological benefits too: it builds the muscles which support joints and spine, helping to maintain proper posture and im...

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