Resources on Movement

The articles listed below are written by various authors and related to Creative Movement as the mode of body/mind/soul integration. 
 
The knowledge includes that of pscyhology, biology, and neurosciences.
 
Dancing and the Brain

Much of the research on the benefits of the physical activity associated with dance links with those gained from physical exercise, benefits that range from memory improvement to strengthened neuronal connections.

The researchers looked at the effects of 11 different types of physical activity, including cycling, golf, swimming, and tennis, but found that only one of the activities studied—dance—lowered participants’ risk of dementia. According to the researchers, dancing involves both a mental effort and social interaction and that this type of stimulation helped reduce the risk of dementia. More....
 

Is Dance “The Next Wave” in Cognitive Neuroscience?
 
Dance often involves body contact and thus interpersonal coupling. In addition to that are the social and emotional attunement processes that accompany such physical coordination, including feelings of bonding, empathy, cooperation, and social identity. More...
 
 
The Body as Symbol: Dance/Movement in Analysis
 
Joan Chodorow, Ph.D., is a Jungian analyst writes about dance/movement as a form of active imagination and as a bridge to early, preverbal stages of development. More important than whether we use dance as a form of active imagination, is the question of how we can fully engage the imagination. More ...
 
 
Trance Dance
 
Trance dance is a ritual where shamans dance as women clap the rhythm and sing special medicine songs. The San believe that these medicine songs are full of a supernatural potency. For the San, trance is the spirit world; it is here that they heal the sick, remonstrate with malevolent spirits, and go on out-of-body journeys. More ...
 
 
Happy feet: how a dance prescription saved my life
 
You need to remain active. Go and do something you enjoy,” my GP told me, trying to motivate me out of the fug of depression that had been hanging over me for months. Last winter, my world had turned bleak. Existential worries piled in: what am I doing? Where am I going? Shouldn’t I just man up? After months of soul-searching, I consulted a professional. “Your brain will function better once you become more active,” he told me. “What about dancing? It can be very therapeutic and really helped me through a bad patch. You get to meet new people and it’s a great way to shake off the blues.” More ...
 
 

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Dance and Aging

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