Friday, April 4, 2014

A-Z Challenge 2014: ‘D’ for Dance Therapy

D for Dance Therapy
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There are a number of forms of dance around the world like Ballet, Ballroom, Tango, Hip-Hop, Rumba, Belly-dancing and more. Locally we have Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, Manipuri, Kathakali and lots more in India.

Yes, these dance forms definitely act as excellent therapies. But then, it might not be possible for everyone to spend a lot of effort and many years practising these dance forms.

When I say Dance Therapy, I am just talking about swinging your arms and moving your legs to pulsating music - any kind of music that makes you want to flow with the rhythm.

If you have never done it before or feel shy, just close your eyes and swing. Believe me, it’s an awesome form of therapy that helps you let go of all the stress that you have accumulated ever. Just half an hour of swinging to any kind of music you like - I simply love good old Bollywood music - helps you beat stress.

Believe me if, I mean if, you do it regularly, you will also lose a lot of weight and inches. This is probably one of the best ways and a totally fun way to remain fit.

Dance Therapy
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CLICK HERE to watch Kangana Ranaut dance to Hungama Ho Gaya in the movie Queen.

Wikipedia says: Dance therapy can be used to treat numerous illnesses, disorders and ailments. It is most commonly used to treat anxiety disorders, clinical depression and severe stress. Anxiety disorders can be defined as a group of mental disorders, in which a severe, and sometimes permanent state of worry, is the dominant symptom. Clinical depression focuses more on thoughts and feelings of sadness, chronic gloom, inadequacy and lack of activity. Severe stress is simply worry that may arise from a difficult situation. With each issue, there is a form of stress associated with it, so dance therapy is used to calm that stress. Dance therapy also gives results that medications do not. While medications may have harmful side effects, dance therapy strengthens the body. Anxiety, depression and severe stress have the potential to affect all aspects of a person's well-being: physical, social, mental and emotional. Dance therapy has been shown to improve each of those areas.

30 comments:

  1. I've enjoyed different dance classes over the years and find it always improves my mood.

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  2. I used to dance on stage a lot when i was a kid. But the dance i do now, the funky chicken dance, with my kids is the one most enjoyable and therapeutic! :-)

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  3. Like dance :) To watch is fun.

    I thought today would be Dahi maybe, Sundari ji ;)

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    1. Spoken like a guy! Glad to maintain the surprise element. :)

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  4. Dance therapy is indeed fun :) If one has company who can be equally crazy, it will be the ultimate stress buster. :)

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  5. Dance your stress away ! Weight loss follows !

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  6. When I was going to Uni I would look forward to Student Nights at the bars, not because the drinks were cheap, but they played the best music. I spent a year being sober and going dancing twice a week and it was the best time I ever had going out (and waking up the next morning).

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    1. Hi Christiana, thanks for stopping by and posting a comment :)

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  7. Dance is my ultimate solace. If stressed, I prefer to close doors, put on music and dance. It makes me feel better.

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    1. It's really a super way to de-stress, isn't it?

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  8. I dance around to whatever music I'm in the mood for all the time. Not well mind you but I'm a hyper person and dancing is wonderful way to relax enough to sit :)
    Simply Sarah

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    1. Hi Sarah, it's great to meet you here on my blog. Isn't that what dance therapy is all about? :)

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  9. Many wrote on dance today !
    Yep dance truly therapeutic but I cant dance :( I can sway :D

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    1. I am talking about swaying and swinging here - just moving your arms and legs - not formal dance. :)

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  10. whatever be the form, dancing has always worked for me...love it to the core :)

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  11. For a Bollywood buff like me (and you :))) Dancing is a way of life. So what if no one sees it .. I love dancing.. err sometimes mentally. It is the thought that counts :P But yes totally agree.. any form of art is so therapeutic in nature. Lovely post...

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  12. Dance is such a wonderful way to express oneself!

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    1. Absolutely! Hi Roshni, thank you for visiting my blog and posting a comment

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  13. Dancing definitely is a fun way to relax. I love dancing to my favorite 80's songs, and remember when I was young.

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    1. Hi Julia, glad to see that you obviously liked my post. Thanks for stopping by :)

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  14. I was never much of a dancer. Blame it on my shy disposition and the fact that my sister is an amazing dancer. But, after my daughter was born, I am discovering hidden talents such as comic dancing. It is a welcome release of stress :) First time at your blog and I am loving it :)

    *Shailaja*

    A to Z Challenge, 2014/ UBC, April 2014

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    1. Hi Shailaja, thanks for stopping by. Comic dancing with your little daughter must surely be a stress-buster. Glad you like my blog

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  15. Very true..... A couple of years ago I had attended a dance therapy workshop for a month. :)

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