Movement is our first language and most basic form of communication. It is a metaphor for how we think, feel and relate to the self and others. There are many ways to connect with your partner, but often couples get stuck in communication patterns that pull them apart intimately. Finding creative ways to understand your feelings and using that information to create vulnerable and connecting moments with your partner can create significant shifts in your relationship.
In this episode, Tarah and EJ interview Robin Memel Fox, MA, BC-DMT, LPC. They discuss how dance and movement can help individuals access and express themselves more freely. Robin shares her knowledge of Dance Movement Therapy and how it may be helpful to individuals and couples.
Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT) works with the connection between the mind and body, by assuming that together they are an integrated whole, each affecting the other.
DMT is defined by the American Dance Therapy Association as “the psychotherapeutic use of movement as a process which furthers the emotional, cognitive and physical integration of the individual”. Thus Dance/movement therapy effects changes in feelings, cognition, physical functioning and behavior. It engages the total person and provides a vehicle for self -expression, understanding, healing and growth.
Movement is our first language and most basic form of communication. It is a metaphor for how we think, feel and relate to the self and others.
The body does not lie- it expresses what is not verbally spoken and reveals the personal and collective unconscious. All of our past and present experiences are stored in our bodies.
DMT views the individual holistically with an emphasis on changes and reaffirmation of the authentic self through the direct use of therapeutic movement and self-expression.
Dance/movement Therapy is a counseling specialty that is recognized by the National board for certified counselors. DMT is an evidence-based, highly researched practice and profession that requires a Master’s degree and approved Certification process. .
Dance/movement therapy is:
- Focused on movement behavior as it emerges in the therapeutic relationship. Expressive, communicative, and adaptive behaviors are all considered for group and individual treatment. Body movement, as the core component of dance, simultaneously provides the means of assessment and the mode of intervention for dance/movement therapy.
- Practiced in mental health, rehabilitation, medical, educational and forensic settings, and in nursing homes, day care centers, disease prevention, health promotion programs and in private practice.
- Effective for individuals with developmental, medical, social, physical and psychological impairments.
- Used with people of all ages, races and ethnic backgrounds in individual, couples, family and group therapy formats.
What do dance/movement therapists do?
Dance/movement therapists focus on helping their clients improve self-esteem and body image, develop effective communication skills and relationships, expand their movement vocabulary, gain insight into patterns of behavior, as well as create new options for coping with problems. Movement is the primary medium dance/movement therapists’ use for observation, assessment, research, therapeutic interaction and interventions. Dance/movement therapists help develop treatment plans and goals, document their work in clinical records and collaborate with professionals from other disciplines.
Where do dance/movement therapists work?
Dance/movement therapists work in a variety of settings including nursing homes, schools, psychiatric, rehabilitation and medical facilities, drug treatment centers, counseling and crisis centers, and wellness and alternative health care centers.
What does a dance/movement therapy session look like?
The extensive range of dance/movement therapy techniques and the needs and abilities of participants allow for a wide variety of movement activities in dance/movement therapy sessions. Dance/movement characteristics, from subtle and ordinary movement behaviors to expressive, improvisational dancing could occur.
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