Dance/movement therapists utilize a variety of bodily techniques aimed at fostering self-awareness, connecting inner psychic processes with feelings and experiences in the outer world, and understanding relational dynamics.
As defined by The American Dance Therapy Association, dance/movement therapy is the psychotherapeutic use of movement as a process which furthers the emotional, cognitive, physical, and social integration of the individual. As we now know, the body is the repository of our emotions, whether we pay attention to them or not, and the vehicle with which we learn how to be in the world. Through movement we relate and communicate. Creative movement expression, in a safe, respectful environment, not only facilitates awareness of feelings and the discovery of hidden resistances or personal blocks, but also endows us with the ability to find unexpected solutions to life’s dilemmas.