The purpose of dance therapy is to help people achieve greater self-awareness and a positive sense of well-being. For the corporate specific areas such as building bonds and breaking barriers between employees, bringing energy among the group members, making the work environment a happier and more positive place, conflict resolution, exploring your inner child, knowing yourself and others around, letting go of inhibitions regarding oneself as well as awakening the creator in you are addressed. The sessions are going to be a discovery about your body and what your body is trying to say certain manner and how certain movement patterns are reflective of certain people. Dance and movement is a basic way by which an individual can express oneself through his/her body. Even before we were able to develop words, we as humans were able to express through non-verbal communication.
Dance movement psychotherapy is used effectively with children and teachers. By moving to music and rhythm spontaneously, we become aware of ourselves, of our emotions, the fears we have, our expression, our bodies, our confidence and self- esteem issues. It helps us look at our attitude and take a good look at the way we behave and work in set ways. Young children have the unique capacity of learning at heightened rates, as their brains are busy forging synaptic, neuronal connections through experience. Dance movement psychotherapy witnessed remarkable growth in children who have been diagnosed with some form of mental illness as well as with children involved in dance movement psychotherapy as a preventive measure. The sessions focus on specific areas such as improving motor skills, improving overall health, improving mood, building confidence and improving self esteem as well as improving social skills. Teachers expand their teaching skills by incorporating the use of movements. Through movements they are made aware of non-verbal aspects of their facilitation that influence the teaching process, like body language, facial expression, eye contact and so on.
Students of all ages can benefit from dance-movement psychotherapy to gain support with their life transitions and developmental challenges. Dance-Movement Therapy, by looking holistically at the interconnection of physical, mental, social and emotional development, can often provide useful insight to the students. It improves social skills, relationship, self-awareness and ability to express feelings, it brings out creative problem solving skills, better language and communication skills with peers and adults, Increases impulse control, learning how to self-regulate, calm down and relax, increased self-esteem and confidence, expanded motor skills and movement ability and a fun experience of therapy that is playful and creative, that students look forward to. The benefit of dance movement psychotherapy allows the young person to experience emotions in non-threatening ways. Before, during, and after dance therapy, students process what they experienced. In this way troubled teens are more willing to talk about their feelings. One of the goals of dance movement psychotherapy is to promote prosocial skills, and movement can be used effectively to breakdown the walls between themselves and other people.
A sensory dysfunction is in which some or multiple aspects of an individual’s sensory systems contribute to difficulties in modulating internal and/or external input. Through Dance movement Psychotherapy, we as therapists work at connecting children with their internal need as a result of which their connection with the outer world becomes better.Body image is very important for the growth of children, which seems to be lacking in children with autism. Dance Movement Psychotherapy helps in developing a positive self-image, which is essential to develop a body concept. Dance Therapy provides a great level of sensory input as it helps with sensory motor and perceptual motor development as well as its integration. Dance therapy in combination with the understanding of Sensory Integration helps children in motor planning.
The ‘dance of relating’ between parent and child plays a huge role in the emotional and social aspects of a child’s development. Dance Movement Therapy, can offer practical tools for enhancing or repairing this ‘dance of relating’ in a safe and playful environment. Early intervention and treatment can be highly effective and may prevent serious or lasting consequences for a child’s long term development and growth. Our therapists work with infants and young children, alongside their parents or caregivers, to provide education, support, non verbal behaviour analysis, and to assess and provide interventions for developmental delays or parent-child relationship difficulties.