Dance and movement therapy is nothing new. It has been around for awhile to help people get out of their heads and into their bodies, but in a more therapeutic sense. Aside from overall health and wellness, dancing can actually help people who struggle with addiction heal in recovery by giving them a safe space to explore body movement. It is also good for people who are struggling with mental health issues and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Learn more about how dance therapists are taking this work into recovery and addiction settings.
Movement therapy is more than just dancing to music. It is a form of therapy that is similar to talk therapy, only with movement incorporated. It supports the cognitive, physical, and emotional sides of a person’s recovery in myriad ways. Movement helps people integrate all the parts of themselves together because you cannot be thinking about something else while trying to dance or you would trip over your feet. It takes focus and concentration, which means you cannot be elsewhere while dancing but in the present moment. A dance therapist is usually the person who helps someone connect with themselves and express their feelings and thoughts through movement.
Why it Works
The reason dance therapists use movement to help heal addiction is to help people communicate and express themselves to facilitate change. Unscripted dance and movement can be a great way to support a person’s goals in recovery, help them handle various situations that may come up and create space to be vulnerable. When a person is able to express themselves with dance, they are usually able to experience greater connection to themselves and others that aid in recovery. People may also experience:
- Decrease in mood disorders
- Increased positive thoughts and feelings
- Enhanced confidence
Recovery is about finding what works best for you and helps you heal on the journey. The key is to think about your goals that you want to achieve in recovery. Healing begins when you are able to set goals and achieve them with the help of supportive therapists and others who understand what you need. If you think dance movement therapy is right for you, be sure to speak to those who are in your circle of supporters who might understand how to help you connect with what you need to heal.
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