Benefits of dance for health
Dance allows everyone to reconnect and express their deepest self. A real discovery of one’s body and its potential, beyond the simple physical dimension. Dance heals the body and mind !
Movement is something natural and ancestral. For many tribe I have met, dance was part of their life. Whether it is related to sacred ceremonies, to traditional celebrations or various kind of festivities.
Music often plays an important role, allowing people to let go and encouraging their bodies to move to the rhythms and melodies. In some cases, singing, body percussion and sounds can be used to encourage each other and make daily tasks more enjoyable and easier.
The natural sounds of elements such as rain, wind, bird songs, or internal sensations can also guide movement, bringing well-being and connection with nature.
Dance, a language of the soul through the body.
The language of the body expresses what the soul feels without the filter of thoughts : the body does not lie, it speaks for itself. Everyone has something to say, whether conscious or subconscious.
Anyone can express itself much more easily in letting go, and the consciousness awakens little by little. Your souls reach a states of global awareness of what is going on in one’s being and in the environment around.
Benefit for the body
Motor skills and coordination
Some people have more difficulty with coordination than others, but everyone can make progress, no matter where they are.
I have seen students with major motor disabilities or difficulties progress wonderfully throughout a year of dancing. Imagine their joy, their parents’ and mine.
Balance and proprioception
The world is in constant search of balance. Dance teaches you that balance is not immobility but constant movement. It is also the natural order of things to strive for balance.
This search in itself for the right supports, the weight of the body, is excellent: beyond self-control, you develop your proprioception.
That is to say that you learn to harmonize the placement of your body and the feeling of the latter beyond your eyes, but through a more subtle perception of the latter.
Awareness of space
From the moment you move in a space, it is important to understand how its balance works, how to approach it, enhance or aesthics it. You realize the importance of emptiness, and of its importance to make the movement exist.
You become aware of your place in the space, your position in the world, and your behaviour towards others sharing it with you. It’s all about personal development.
With a regular practice and the repetition of some stretching, little by little your body change. You are more and more comfortable with yourself as you realize you can master your body, with efforts, but with inner sun and joy as well!
Dance is an art, but it’s also a sport. Some people think that the most efficient way is choosing a dance practice and make you sweat a lot.
This is actually not right. Sweating makes you losing lots water, but this does not mean that you have been using the fat in your deep tissues.
If you work less, but deeper, in conscious, and remain honest with where you are, you will see your body changing quite fast and be surprised to get a nice body shape.
In the dance practice, we know that it’s important to work properly, with the right way and the right posture, order, and attitude.
This is why we need to have a teacher to be checked to make sure we work properly and avoid any injury.
In free dance for exemple, the discipline is a behavioral one with rules of propriety and safety to be respected: towards oneself, but also towards others.
Strengthen your heart capacity
If you need to increase your heart and breathing capacity, dance is completely adapted. The more regularly you come, the more endurance you will have.
That’s the advantage of dancing: you enjoy yourself while taking care of your health.
The Energy circulation in the body
In Asia, it is considered that energy lines run through the body and are called meridians. When the energy does not flow properly, there are overflows or voids of energy in certain points of the body called tsubo, there is a “blockage”. This is the origin of a physical ailment, related or not to an emotional cause.
When you dance, you mobilize your whole being, body and mind, and if you learn to dance in full consciousness or even in a meditative state, you are “self-caring”. Trust your body and it naturally finds the slow and gentle movements that balances itself.
Some people who know about physical therapies are well aware of the link between each part of the body and that an ankle problem can cause back pain, or that a stomach problem can create dizziness…
Developing your senses and the world of subtlety
The subtle world just like energy seems abstract to many people, as it is not visible to the human eye. But it is there, just like atoms and molecules, air, sound vibrations, color frequency waves… all interacting with the world and the entire universe.
Surely you’ve left a place or walked away from someone or something because you feel bad about it? It is precisely a matter of vibration that your subtle bodies pick up, and give you information that you will act upon.
Your senses are also perceptions of certain vibrations, stimuli : colors, sensations, noises, smells, taste…more we are advanced, the better we can be independent on that side.
However, even after years, I noticed we always need some coaching and consult some physical practitioner, despite the fact I’m myself a body mind therapist. It’s important to always remain humble as we always learn, all our life. We have about 639 muscles: imagine that It can takes times to master all of them!
Benefits for the mind
When you dance, you focus on here and now. You need to put all your attention, and concentrate on what you are doing. Therefore, there is no space for your mind to think about your worries or emotional preoccupation.
Moving your body helps you release those energies of stress accumulated in your body during your day. As explained in my article about anxiety, when you’re under stress, your brain doesn’t make the difference between your thoughts and the reality.
Most of the time, if you think a situation is unsafe, your body (the adrenal glands) will start releasing cortisol, responsible, among others, of the fight and fight response.
This reaction increases your sugar rate in your blood stream, and many physical problems. When you dance or practice any physical activity, it helps you to release this excess of cortisol and use this extra sugar in your body.
When you learn to do something and after trying hard and repeat again and again, you finally succeed, that bring you so much fulfilment and satisfaction. You’re ready to jump to the next step.
The more you progress, the more it motivates you. It really teaches you that perseverance is the key of success, and always focus on the journey, on what you achieve.
Dance makes you feel happy because you express yourself. I saw impressive transformations in some students even during one year : they change posture, attitude, they collaborate more and open themselves to the group…
Some need time to feel more comfortable with the group, and getting less shy or less scared to face the look of others. And why ? Become they know and they master more themselves !
Mindset and determination
Also, you quickly realize that if you don’t succeed, you may need to stop and think about the reason, and learn from any failure to move forward. Generally, you have plenty of support in the process, starting by the instructor, but you dance mate as well.
In a professional level you can face a competitive mind, but the support also exists, especially with dancer more advanced than you : just watching them is a high opportunity to learn from observation.
On the amateur side, this competition is much less, but there is often this group mind who boosts you to create the end of the year show together.
We don’t have the same ability with memory, and not the same way to learn. With dance, you can learn if you are more a visual learner, an auditive learner, a kinesthesia learner… A teacher is aware of that and will use all of them at the same time to make sure everyone get it.
My personal technique is to encourage to experience, and associate what you do with an inner story. It’s like meditation : I offer a guidance but everyone dive in the self to feel and experiment. It has been experimented that a person who can associate things together can memorize more easily.
But you will be surprised how strong the body memory can be ! It’s much slower than the mind generally, but it can last much longer within your muscles memories… It’s a bit like to learn bicycle : you learn it ones, and you never forget… it’s just a matter of time to recover its full ability and a matter of regular practice.
If you are not focusing, you can fall, hurt yourself, hurt others, not remember properly. So you learn fast that focus is essential to improve and enjoy. You can total dance freely and organically, but still remain very focused to your feelings, sensations, the space, others, and in what you are expressing and doing in the now.
In your everyday life, you may realise that you have a lot of distraction (especially visual) : phone, TV, advertising… A dance room is empty : you come here to dance, and that’s generally something that you like. Then, it’s easy to stay focused as you enjoy what you are actually doing.
Creativity and imagination
Indeed, to create a choreography and to improvise, you need imagination. For some people it can be a bit hard sometimes, and they prefer just follow the choreography, However, the creating process can teach you better to be creative, and that even in your life.
There are so many ways to create, and dance teaches you lots of them. Once you got the point, you just need to swap the creative process in your everyday life and in your work to enjoy yourself.
So, you ready to get started ? You don’t need to know how to dance to start dancing, and you can start at any age ! Relax, and enjoy life. When you do something you like, you are more willing to accept the part inside who are more challenging to do.
Live the life you love, dance your life on earth !
With us, you’re free to be yourself ! In a protected space, we offer you : a warm-up, no talking, no alcohol, barefoot, on a progressive Dj set of cosmic and awakening music benefiting your self-healing process.