THE PHYSIOLOGICAL AND MENTAL EFFECTS OF DANCE ON HEALTH AND REHABILITATIVE THERAPY
AuthorLowney, Maya Meijiao
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractDance/movement therapy has been shown to be a viable therapy for those with a range of conditions. Focusing on the mind/body connection can enhance and help the healing process while doing so in a creative manner. Since dance relies on both mental and physical capacities, it can promote improvement in both areas of health and even reverse symptoms associated with those who may have debilitating problems. To explore this, surveys and interviews were conducted to further learn about the impact of dance on health. The data indicates that dance not only has multiple benefits but can be a viable form of treatment. For example, the results indicated that accessibility of taking a dance class allowed this exercise form to be reached by a wide range of people, from healthy professionals to those seeking alternate exercise options to those with movement disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease because of the safe environment and open structure of the classroom. Furthermore, the classes also offer the activity to many people at one time, providing social interactions for those who participate, thereby fostering a network of people that can encourage them to continue going to classes and have a stable workout routine.
Degree ProgramHonors College