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Dance Therapy

Dance is the most fundamental of the arts, involving a direct expression of one’s self through one’s body. It is an especially powerful medium for therapy.

Based on the assumption that the body and mind are interrelated, dance/movement therapy is defined by  the American Dance Therapy Association as the psychotherapeutic use of movement as a process which furthers the emotional, cognitive, physical and social integration of the individual.

The dance/movement therapist focuses on movement behavior as it emerges in the therapeutic relationship. Expressive, communicative and adaptive behaviors are all considered for both group and individual treatment.  Body movement simultaneously provides the means of assessment and the mode of intervention.

Dance/movement therapists are employed in a wide variety of facilities as well as private practice. They address the needs of a broad spectrum of people, including those with specific disorders and disabilities.

As PD is medically considered a Movement Disorder, Dance & Movement Therapy (DMTx) is a logical treatment for the disease. Exercise has long been recommended as part of PD treatment programs and DMTx provides a more creative, integrated and expressive way to address this recommendation. While DMTx is most often conducted in groups, it may also be utilized on an individual basis. DMTx addresses the physical, social and psychological needs of PWP’s in a supportive and engaging way. Sessions include exercises in chairs, balance and gait exercises and voice work. Simple folk and social dances may be engaged in as well. Familiar music is used to support movement and group interaction is encouraged. Above all, groups are fun!.

 

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