An Introduction to Medical Dance Movement Therapy: Health by Sharon W. Goodill, John Graham-Pole

By Sharon W. Goodill, John Graham-Pole

Offering dance/movement treatment (DMT) as a attainable and necessary psychosocial help provider for people with a clinical ailment, Sharon W. Goodill exhibits how operating creatively with the mind/body connection can inspire and improve the therapeutic approach. This publication represents the 1st try and bring together, synthesize, and post the paintings that has been performed over fresh years in clinical DMT. The rising software of scientific DMT is grounded in the context of proven viewpoints and theories, reminiscent of arts remedies, overall healthiness psychology and medical views. in addition to interpreting its theoretical foundations, the writer bargains real-life examples of clinical DMT operating with humans of other a long time with diversified health conditions. This accomplished e-book presents a company origin for exploration and perform in clinical DMT, together with innovations for pro education, learn and software improvement. Interviews with dance/movement therapists deliver clean and fascinating views to the sphere and those and the author's tales element to the prospective destiny purposes of clinical DMT. With progressively more expert dance/movement therapists operating with the medically in poor health and their households, this can be a well timed and well-grounded examine a thrilling new self-discipline. it's endorsed analyzing for DMT scholars and pros, complementary therapists, and all people with an curiosity within the therapeutic capability of operating innovatively with the brain and physique.

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Sometimes body parts or organs are lost or changed and the body self-image must adjust. In addition, those who are close to that individual must adjust too, and the ill or injured person needs to cope with the reactions of others to his or her body. Enormous contributions of mental and emotional energy are required for the individual to adjust to the changes or loss (Cash and Pruzinsky 1990). Fisher and Cleveland (1968) are among the major researchers of this process, notable for their neurological study of the well-known “phantom limb” syndrome, wherein a patient who has lost a body part to surgery or injury continues to receive sensations as though the limb or other part was still present.

More recently, researchers have turned their attention to the role of positive emotions and how they can be health enhancing (Folkman and Moskowitz 2000; Taylor et al. 2000). In addition to the emotions named above, subjective well-being, creativity and optimal experience or “flow” (Csikszentmihialyi 1990) are all considered under the domain of positive psychology (Lazarus 2000). When related to health and illness, the concepts are linked to effective coping, supportive relationships, self-efficacy, meaning and motivation.

1998). Guided Imagery and MusicTM has shown benefits for a variety of medical populations, including quality of life and mood state improvement in cancer patients (Jacobi 1995; Summer 1990). Creativity as a process and a trait has much to offer the practice of medicine (Dossey 2001; Rodenhauser 1996). Rodenhauser stated: creativity from both internal and external sources has deeply personal – and spiritual – implications. It provides affirmation, passion, expression, excitement, and experience of a universal nature.

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