Leda Shantala
Shantom




DANCE MOVEMENT THERAPY 

   

When we stop communicating with our body

Personality influences and is influenced by the movement style. When we move, we declare who we are. Our experiences, our feelings, our mind patterns, are all externated through our personal way of moving in an allegorical way.
Stiffness of movement mirrors
constraints in an individual's personality and in their way of communicating and of living the present. Movement is permeated with traces from the individual's reactions to past and present events in their lives. The way in which the body is wearing the muscles shows how the soul feels.
If the muscles look like an armour, on another level, the soul is also wearing a defensive system of strong defence from various feelings. It is thus that chronic muscle stiffness in certain parts of the body expresses a parallel chronic oppression of certain feelings.
There is a close relationship between muscle behaviour and psychological attitude. It can even be said that every bodily "sentence" of tension and relaxation can bring about a correspondent inner process of consonance.
When the relationship between who I am and feel in my core and how I outwardly look and communicate through the "mask" of personality is disrupted, then a gap is formed, where bodily and psychological disease can find the chance to develop. To maintain that gap, the individual builds a psycho-somatic "armour", which on one hand protects the core from external influences, on the other, however, the cost is the "freezing" of expression of the feelings and of the expressiveness in movement and communication. Tension and malaise accumulate. Life seems to glide and drift away while we feel imprisoned inside our walled self, living a deep anguish of deprivation and fear of the life that we cannot live and enjoy anymore.

The sessions:

In the group, with an atmosphere of expressive freedom, play, imagination and support for differences and the uniqueness of each individual, through free improvisational movement, dance and art with its multiple reflections, the participants have the chance to explore, deepen and liberate their movement patterns and liberate themselves, thus expanding their possibility to feel and enjoy life to the fullest.
The creative interactions developed in the warmth of the group, provide them with the means to communicate with their "hidden" self and discover their personal way of externalising and expressing their inner, deep core, drawing knowledge, strength and energy.  
The liberating processes of dance movement therapy cultivate new possibilities of being, communication and learning, that fill the participants with vitality, joy and optimism.


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