Dance Movement Therapy: A Way to Creatively Transform Relationships

By Txell Prat, Dance Movement Therapist

We often think something, say something else, and finally do something completely different. In the face of such confusion, it isn’t surprising that relationships become complex. Dancing connects us with ourselves, with our desires and needs, and with our life. When we surrender to non-choreographed dance, body, mind, and expression align to become one.

Workshop
Dance Therapy
“Bonds and Relationships”
By Txell Prat, Dance Movement Therapist and Teacher
Fri-Sun, Apr 28–30
Fri, Apr 28, 5–9pm
Sat, Apr 29, 10am–2pm and 4–8pm
Sun, Apr30, 10 am–2pm
LifePath Center, Rinconada de La Aldea 29
San Miguel de Allende
Info: info@danzainterior.com
777 130 0556

Dance Therapy is an integrative form of psychotherapy whereby all levels of our being can come into clearer relation with others. This therapy has always worked on relationships: in one-to-one sessions, through the relationship between client and therapist; and in group settings through the relationship between all participants. And this is always done through movement and a playful approach.

Dance Therapy, as an artistic form, works essentially with images that arise from movement, with metaphor, with symbols, which help us connect the literal level—what is happening—with their meanings. The advantage of working with expressive arts in therapy is that our ego and defenses relax. After all, we are just dancing; we are just enjoying; we are just playing. But metaphors spontaneously arise: first they look innocuous, but soon they reveal valuable insights about our daily lives. We start to see our life reflected in dance.

Dance Therapy starts at the body level, with movement, in a very literal way: supporting the other person, letting our weight on the other person, taking distance, coming closer, trusting—and so we end up discovering our relationship patterns. But the best aspect of the dance therapy space is that, in addition to allowing us to see what we are repeating, it is a safe place to explore new ways of relating, not only thinking, but taking action and creatively expressing ourselves. We can explore how we feel with our new movements, expressions and actions, and how they are received by others.

Finally, the magic of the creative process enters the scene—not only can we acknowledge the metaphors of our daily life and our inner conflicts, we can also use these metaphors to create, to come out with a creative solution for our inner and outer conflicts, thanks to what psychoanalyst Silvano Arieti calls “the Magic Synthesis” of art.

We can solve our issues through dancing, but not only that: we automatically connect with magic, with life, with the pleasure of creating. And creating empowers us because those who are able to create are always able to find new options when faced with life challenges.

 

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