Good Vibes Wednesday: Dance as Good Energy In

Posted 4/1/2020

Good Vibes Wednesday: Dancing the Good Energy In.Good Vibes Wednesday: Dancing the Good Energy In.

Welcome to Good Vibes Wednesday!


Today we’re talking about dancing.


Did you know that there are movement and dance therapists that help people heal from both physical and emotional injuries?


While most of us think of dance much the way this little bug is thinking about his first ballet class, dance can be anything that moves your body in a rhythmic fashion. 


From a healing perspective, it can be opening and closing (or squeezing) tissues that need space or increased blood flow. 


It can be the holding of a posture while the sorrow or grief drains from your tissues. 


It can be the rapid tapping or stomping of as agitation or nervousness wiggles into the floor. 


It can be the wide sweeping movements of catching the world in your arms and then letting it go.



Regular exercise fills this void, but there is something about allowing the body to move in unstructured ways that helps with healing even more.


Whether you are in a traditional dance class, or are in an interpretative movement class, the encouragement is to move as you see fit, as your body responds to sound. 


In my house right now, I’m FORCED to listen to the Imperial March (Darth Vader or the Stormtrooper’s theme) as I have a budding trombonist in the house. There is something masculine and powerful about that march that makes you want to take a stand in the middle of the kitchen while preparing dinner. 


In contrast, my wee vocalist singing Where the Lost Things Go (from Mary Poppins Returns) moves me to tilt, sway, and open to sorrow and all its possibilities.


There is significant evidence that dance therapy in whatever form improves the mood, balance, memory, blood pressure, stress hormones, sleep, and a whole lot more. 


I found an interesting study out of the University of Physical Education in Poland that showed when you dance, you improve your blood cell counts and blood viscosity or slipperiness. Basically, dancing improves your blood cells, immune system, and decreases your risk of developing a stroke. All good things in my book. 


You can easily start with putting on your favorite tunes and moving your body to the music.  Feel free to invite others into your space - DANCE PARTY!!! Or find some place quiet and alone where you can move as you need when the music moves you.


If you are more interested in programs of dance therapy that you can use at home, you might want to check out Gabrielle Roth’s Sweat Your Prayers or any of her guided dance albums on iTunes (Endless Wave Volume 1 has verbal prompts that walk you through different dance styles designed to move your body through its roles).


I hope that these dance ideas can help you move your body through this icy season. 


Sending You Good Energy In,


Dr. Julie