Dance Therapy: Orange Is the New Black & Dance Is the New Therapy! by Erica Hornthal

Dance Therapy: Orange Is the New Black & Dance Is the New Therapy!

Dance/movement therapy is a psychotherapy that focuses on body language and non-verbal communication to facilitate mind-body integration and support growth within the therapeutic relationship. It's an alternative to traditional talk therapy. The benefits include, but are not limited to:

  • Increased self-awareness and mindfulness
  • Decreased anxiety and depressive symptoms
  • Chronic pain management
  • Improved self-image and identity

Why does it work? Movement is the most primitive instinctual form of communication and expression. It allows for a deeper level of understanding, validation and support. And don't worry, no dance experience or coordination is needed to reap the benefits.

For more information, go to the American Dance Therapy Association website here

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Pam McCormick
Dance is always my "go to" therapy! No matter what is going on, I always feel better after a little dance session with my favorite tune! :-)
Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
This is awesome, Erica Hornthal - I always feel better after I move. Yoga is my go-to, but I need more dancing in my life!!

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