I am a dance student floundering within my research of the mind-body dichotomy. As dancers and people I believe that the Cartesian opinion often adopted by the Western world is wrong. An anti-dualisitic opinion has been connected to dance for years through Somatic practices. I am interested in all of these topics and study Somatics alongside my dance training. However I am convinced somewhere there must be a connection to the world of alternative medicine. A world where problems stemming from the mind are seen to physically manifest within our muscles and organs. I don’t want to offer a specific dance or movement therapy for a specific illness, but I would some how like to connect the world of movement practices to the healing of self and soul. Perhaps instead of looking at how the mind affects the body, I could look at how movement practices can help develop a clearer, more conscious sense of being.
What do you guys think? Can movement help us regain our mind and our true self?
Once I did postural integration sessions it’s a massage based on rolfing. In certain poses, I went straight away to past lives. To me the body is holy in principle.
More holy as we might think.
And of course there is a relationship with mind, body. But that doesn’t mean that someone doing yoga is realised.
Many roads are there, and we walk the one that fits.
Nurejev became the dance, instead of being the dancer
Be well and beautiful
I think movement practices have a tendency to still the mind. When your mind is constantly active and chattering away, it takes up a huge amount of energy that could otherwise go into healing the body. The same energy is used to generate thoughts as is used to heal the body. It’s the concept of life force. Movement has the byproduct of stilling the mind sometimes, and can therefore help to heal the body. It also can align posture and make you more fluid. But I think the most important aspect is directing energy away from the mind and back into the body.
“Where attention goes, energy flows.” If your attention is always in the head, all your energy is being eaten up by anxious thoughts, and there is not enough left over to maintain health.
Just read your reply after writing mine and I love everything in it. Awesome way of wording it man. I’ve never done Tai Chi or Qi Gong, but from what I know about those practices it seems like you’re describing the philosophy on which they’re based. Very cool.
I ABSOLUTELY believe movement can help us recover from old traumas, help us grow, and help us get in touch with our authentic selves.
I did an internship with a practitioner of The Feldenkrais Method and Authentic Movement. Both methods are used by many dancers; I’m not a dancer but I got so much out of both.
Feldenkrais is all about expanding awareness through tiny, subtle movements. The movements are intended to help you learn about your own body; about your areas of tension, strength, relaxation; about the relationships your body parts have with each other. A lot of people use it to recover from injuries, chronic pain, and other conditions. For me it was the key to using my Yoga practice more intelligently. I learned about my body through Feldenkrais, and with what I learned I was able to rehabilitate old injuries and strengthen my body through my renewed Yoga practice. I’ve written a bunch of stuff about Feldenkrais on my blog: http://syntropulse.com/2014/01/17/what-is-feldenkrais/
Authentic Movement is like a guided dance expression, where you use your movements to connect with your emotions, soul, and energy. I did this less than I did Feldenkrais, but it’s an awesome practice that you should definitely try as a dancer.
I think there’s something very important about moving with awareness. When we move with awareness we start to see how movements are expressions of deeper layers of our self. Through this process we learn more about our self and how we express ourselves in the world.
I’d love to talk more about the research you’ve done into movement and what you think.
Ben @ http://www.syntropulse.com