By Goodill S.W.
Providing dance/movement treatment (DMT) as a doable and worthy psychosocial help carrier for people with a scientific ailment, Sharon W. Goodill exhibits how operating creatively with the mind/body connection can motivate and improve the therapeutic method. This ebook 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 verified viewpoints and theories, reminiscent of arts cures, health and wellbeing psychology and medical views. in addition to reading its theoretical foundations, the writer bargains real-life examples of scientific DMT operating with humans of alternative a long time with varied health conditions. This accomplished booklet offers an organization origin for exploration and perform in scientific DMT, together with thoughts for pro training, examine and software improvement. Interviews with dance/movement therapists deliver clean and intriguing views to the sphere and those and the author's tales element to the potential destiny purposes of clinical DMT. With more and more expert dance/movement therapists operating with the medically in poor health and their households, it is a well timed and well-grounded examine a thrilling new self-discipline. it is strongly recommended interpreting 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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From a series of studies by Pennebaker and colleagues (Berry and Pennebaker 1993), we know that the expression of emotions, as opposed to the constraint of that expression, has health benefits. This is true for the expression of the negative emotions as well. Inhibiting the expression of negative emotions may in fact result in poor health outcomes (Salovey et al. 2000). Pennebaker’s initial studies examined the health benefits of expressive writing for college students, using a number of behavioral as well as immunological indicators of health.
Denial can be defined as “refusal to believe that the stressor exists or…trying to act as though the stressor is not real” (Carver et al. 270). Denial is a complex coping phenomenon that is paradoxical. It may be helpful immediately after diagnosis of a life-threatening illness because it enables people to move past the initial and paralyzing fears to mobilize other important coping resources. 236). Some studies have found that the use of denial can predict more rapid medical stabilization in the initial hours and days following a heart attack.
Imagery There is plentiful evidence that imagery influences health. 671). 16). To do justice to the vast body of knowledge on imagery and health is beyond the scope of this volume, but several concepts and studies are highlighted because they can inform the practice of medical DMT. Body image is a central construct for DMT and this will be examined. Patients’ imagery about their bodies and their disease will also be considered. Finally, the use of imagery techniques will be reviewed. Because health-relevant imagery often occurs during altered states of consciousness, PSYCHOLOGICAL CONCEPTS FOR MEDICAL DANCE/MOVEMENT THERAPY 49 including creative and movement states like those generated in DMT sessions, the dynamics and induction of such states will also be discussed.
An introduction to medical dance movement therapy by Goodill S.W.