Dance Theraphy

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The Growing Field of Dance Therapy

In the world of therapy, there are many routes that can be taken by college graduates to lead successful lives. There are the “norms” such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, and recreational therapy. There are also the therapy types that have not been exposed quite as much as the aforementioned and should be because they are definitely exciting and should be explored. Among these is the lucrative field of dance therapy. Dance therapy is one of, if not the, most interesting career available to graduates of college today. Sometimes called dance movement therapy, dance therapy requires not only using your body to assist your client. This concentration of therapy relies on your body and your mind. “Based on the principle that movement reflects an individual's patterns of thinking and feeling, the therapist acknowledges and supports clients' movements, encouraging the development of new movement patterns and the emotional experiences that may accompany these changes (www.prospects.ac.uk).” As a dance therapist, your job would consist of “using movement and dance to enable personal, emotional, cognitive, spiritual, physical and social integration and development (www.prospects.ac.uk).” That being said, with the systematical care and guide of a dance therapist, someone’s life is enhanced greatly. However, systematical means there are more things to this job than just its description. For instance, as a dance therapist you would need resources to assist you in enhancing your client’s life. Let’s take a look at that. When thinking of dance therapy, the main word to focus on is dance. There is not much needed to dance except for the human body. It is because of this that dance therapist are able to work with multiple populations of people. “Dance movement therapists support a broad range of individuals, including those with: •emotional or mental health needs;

physical disabilities;
Personal development needs...
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