Dance Movement Therapy
Dance Movement Therapy is a means of expression within a psychotherapuetic relationship, founded on the principle that movement reflects an individual’s patterns of thinking and feeling – the person is enabled creatively in a process of personal integration and growth. In acknowledging and supporting the movements of clients, therapy encourages development of new, adaptive movement patterns, together with the emotional experiences accompany such changes.
Through the movement and dance, each person’s emotional world becomes more tangible, individuals share some of their personal symbolism and relationships are made visible. Dance Movement Therapy creates a holding environment, in which feelings can be expressed, acknowledges, and communicated safely. It is practiced as both individual, and group therapy.
While the origins of dance as a healing art lie in ancient history, the contemporary profession relies also upon practices developed primarily in Europe and the U.S.A. The profession is informed by continuing professional research.