Dance Movement Therapy: Benefits

Dance therapy or dance movement therapy” (DMT) uses body movements and dance to support the body’s intellectual, emotional, and motor functions. It is a type of expressive therapy; dance therapy focuses on connecting body movement and emotion.

Dance therapy improves the overall physical, psychological, emotional, and social development of the person.

Dance therapy connects our body, mind, and spirit and improves speech and language through movements.

It is suitable for both mental and physical health. Dance therapy is used to reduce stress, disease prevention, and mood management.
Dance therapy improves the coordination, mobility in the person.

Dance therapy increases mental ability, self-confidence, and self-esteem through the movements and expression of feelings.

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Issues treat by dance therapy

Dance movement therapists work with people in therapy to help you improve your body image and self-esteem. Dance therapy is a multifaceted form of therapy based on the idea that motion and emotion are intertwined. The dance movement therapy can be performed with all populations and individuals, couples, families, or groups.

This therapy is used to treat physical, psychological, cognitive, and social issues such as:

Physical Issues

  • Cancer
  • Chronic pain
  • Arthritis
  • Hypertension
  • Childhood obesity
  • Cardiovascular disease

Mental Health Issues

Social Issues

  • Autism
  • Aggression/violence
  • Social
  • Interaction
  • Family
  • Conflict

Cognitive Issues

How effective is dance movement therapy?

Research has shown that dance therapy can effectively treat mental health issues such as disordered eating, depression, stress, and anxiety

Dance therapy can improve memory recall in people with dementia

Dance movement therapy is also considered a treatment option for childhood obesity.

How is dance therapy different from regular dancing?

Many people have understood that dancing is good for our health; it improves cardiovascular endurance, balance, and coordination.

Dance therapy can also boost a person’s bad mood into good, improve body image, and provide an opportunity for fun that may lower overall stress and anxiety.

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