Tango Therapy

Christina's shoes and Ezequiel

By Christina Johnson

Contrary to many forms of exercise that exacerbate joint pain, tire the back, and are repetitive and tedious, Argentine tango is always exciting and creative. We can begin tango as a therapeutic exercise and continue to enjoy it as a dance with more refinement and elegance over the years.

Workshop
Tango Therapy
Sat, Nov 21, 11am-1pm
Shelter Theater
Vicente Guerrero 4
Colonia San Rafael
Fifty percent deposit to hold your place

Few dances involve a heart to heart embrace. Human beings need an equivalent of eight hugs a day to enhance the immune system and remain in a satisfactory mental state. Because of the close embrace of tango, a one-hour class would be the equivalent of at least twenty hugs. The biological system has an opportunity to leap into super healing mode through tango.

A study done by the Society of Neuroscience in Washington, D.C., showed that dancing tango boosts brainpower, which can offset negative symptoms of getting older. Seniors aged 68 to 91 demonstrated improved balance, self-esteem, multitasking ability, and motor coordination. Seniors who tangoed were compared with others who walked for exercise, and the tangueros showed more improvement.

At our tango therapy class, we present exercises for people who may be compromised through surgery, accident, or diseases affecting motor skills, the brain, and muscle memory. If you are able to walk, then you can enjoy the therapeutic value of these unique classes. No matter if you are a kinesthetic, visual, auditory, or intuitive learner, all are included in this therapy workshop. Tango takes listening skills and stretches your brain to coordinate rhythm and distinguish it from melody. You will start listening and moving music to the heart, releasing endorphins and soothing the body.

No partner is needed. Cost is 400 pesos per person or 600 pesos per couple. We can pick up the 50 percent registration amount or you may bring it, whatever is most convenient. Wear shoes with smooth soles. Sneaker soles and open-back shoes are not recommended. Wear comfy workout clothes. Your instructors are Christina Johnson and Ezequiel A. Peinado.

The workshop is Saturday, November 21, 11am to 1pm in the upstairs studio of Shelter Theater, around the corner from the main entrance of the Shelter Theater at Vicente Guerrero 4, Colonia San Rafael.

For information and to register, email visionarypower@gmail.com or call Christina at 154 9085. Half of the fee for the workshop is needed to hold your place.

 

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