Dance / Movement Therapy & Embodiment Training

 

me dance wideEvery child knows how to dance. Expressive movement is natural to all humans; the first language to develop is the language of the body. We begin to limit our expressive movements when we become old enough to develop an observer self, that is, we begin to see ourselves from the outside vs. feeling ourselves from the inside. We judge, contain, constrain, tense, limit, control, and manage our self-expression in order to fit into societal roles. The external becomes louder than the internal and we become deaf to our movement impulses and strangers to our own body wisdom. Movement Therapy & Embodiment Training helps people to return to the time before they learned how to make themselves smaller. To reclaim their bodies as integral aspects of their psyche and spirit. Movement can be a powerful tool to express internal states, sequence through difficult emotions, gain wisdom, play, experience joy, and connect to others as well as to the divine. Most people are surprised at how powerful the experience can be and the deep impact it can have on how they live into their lives.

I offer several types of groups such as Devotional Dances and Authentic Movement. To find out more details about the groups I offer please see the event calendar. I also incorporate movement therapy into individual sessions when clients are interested in this kind of work.

Devotional Dances

In all tribal cultures, Dance/Movement is used in ritual to mark a rite of passage or to connect with or embody the Greater Something. In modern society we have curbed our natural impulses to move freely and have turned dance into performance, rather than a profound internal experience. Unlike trance dances, devotional dances are not intended to take the user into a trance state, but to deepen the experience of the embodied mover. Devotional Dance is a free-form movement ritual that allows us to move into and in connection with our Greater Self and the Greater Something.

Devotional Dancers are invited to bring an item to add to the altar, bring Prasad (food to offer to the divine), or volunteer to co-create an altar. The group begins in a connective circle, words are spoken, and then the dance begins. Music selected is devotional in nature and the movers hold silence while dancing to keep the space sacred and the focus inward. The group completes in a connective circle with a sharing of Prasad and a deepening into Kula (community).

Our Moving Truths ®

Our Moving Truths ® Groups are focused on Embodiment Training & Authentic Movement. Embodiment Training is a path of awakening that views the body as a doorway to personal growth and spiritual awakening. It is a way of coming home to the body. The work incorporates Western somatic (body-centered) psychology and Eastern mindfulness practice. Embodiment Training uses both music and silence. We practice without music to allow for an internal deepening into the center of the center. Sometimes music is used to enhance that deepening, to find the place in the center of the center while also deeply connected to environment (i.e. music). Authentic Movement is a specific type of embodiment practice which cultivates a deepening into ones own truth while another bears witness. It is practiced without music and with eyes-closed. The mover begins in stillness to allow movement impulses arise then follows through on those impulses. Authentic Movement often brings up buried feelings an allows the mover to process through hidden aspects of the psyche. Having someone bear witness while we are deep in our truth can be a deeply healing experience, as many of us do not have the experience of being fully seen or understood.

We are called to live into our sacred and silly bodies. To be overcome with joy and to dance our freaky dance. To go back to the youngest days, before our fingers understood zippers and shoelaces and our hips moved of their own will when music captured ears. We are called to clench our fists and faces, make boxer movements at the air and to hit the floor with hard feet. To remember who we were before we learned our movement was inappropriate and unwanted. We are called to dance before the Lord. To embody Shakti Shiva Kali and all the Divinities. We are called…

Resources