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Dance Movement Therapy Can Improve Health

Womenlines loves to get empowering and informative content for all readers, viewers and followers from across the globe. Womenlines is delighted to welcome the organisation ‘Cancer Awakens’  as a sponsor for the content related to ‘How to prevent and thrive with Cancer’ under ‘Health’ segment. Enlightening content from Cancer Awakens is going to empower people with the right mindset and knowledge to prevent cancer and to thrive with it if one is diagnosed with it. This month Dr Niraj Mehta, MD a Medical Director, Radiation Oncology based in Miami, USA IS sharing how dance movement therapy can aid cancer treatment-

Many people who have tried dance movement therapy rave about its results. They feel physically and mentally recharged. Further, it is said to aid healing and slow down ageing.

Some call it dance.
Others call it movement meditation.
Still others call it presence.

What is dance movement therapy?

It is simply moving your body to change choreographies, regardless of your ability to coordinate. You focus on getting therapeutic benefits from your rhythmic movements rather than how graceful you look. It also aids healing, slows down ageing and improves immunity. That’s why some call it “natural immunotherapy” or “mind-body medicine”. Some scientists prefer psychoneuroimmunology.

There are many types of physical exercise. Research demonstrates that two specific types, vix endurance training and “dancing,” enhance the areas of the brain that generally degenerate with age. However, only dancing leads to behavioural changes with respect to improving balance. This is due to the additional task of learning the dance routine.

Does dance movement therapy actually work?

A cohort of elderly volunteers were assigned to either:

Findings

How dance movement therapy aids cancer treatment

 

According to the Cancer Society, dance increases endorphin levels in the brain and makes one feel comfortable and secure. Besides, dancing or moving the body in a rhythmic way also activates other body systems. This helps to stay healthy and fit.

Specifically for cancer patients, the benefits of dance movement therapy include:

What if I just can’t dance?

The effects of dance movement therapy are independent of your perceived ability to move (or even your resistance to “dancing”). Rather, they depend on the extent of your involvement and your connection with the music. If you have “two left feet”, or consider yourself “rhythmically challenged”, have no fear. Movement is innate. Focus on your connection to the music. And let the benefits serve and move you.

Reflection

Source

Neuroscientists reveal the number one exercise for slowing the aging process  
Dance Therapy for Cancer Patients 

Author

Dr Niraj Mehta, MD is a Medical Director, Radiation Oncology based in Miami, USA. He is also the Creative Director of Making Moves Universal and a Cancer Awakens Sherpa. Having closely worked with cancer patients, Niraj wants to make the cancer journey exciting and fulfilling … even a celebration!

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