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What is Somatic Dance and Movement Therapy?

Somatic Dance and Movement Therapy

Somatic Dance and Movement Therapy is an empirically based practice that utilizes creative and expressive modalities to engage the body, mind, and spirit. It incorporates elements from diverse disciplines such as modern dance, psychotherapy, trauma studies, and somatic movement practices. This approach to healing focuses on developing a relationship with the self through mindful awareness of the body. Clients who practice Somatic Dance and Movement Therapy learn to be aware of their physical sensations in order to gain insight into how they are feeling emotionally or psychologically. Through this process individuals can then use the information gained in order to move towards healthful living.



The main goal of Somatic Dance and Movement Therapy is to help people understand how their physical body is both a reflection of their inner self and a tool for self-expression. This type of therapy encourages the use of creative movement as a means of exploring physical and psychological experiences. Through this exploration individuals can explore the wide range of emotions they are experiencing, including anxiety, depression, fear, rage, confusion and joy, or self-love. The therapist will also work with clients to identify patterns in their movement that could be reflective of internal conflicts or unresolved trauma. By working through these issues in a safe space it is possible for healing to take place.



In addition to utilizing creative movement, Somatic Dance and Movement Therapy also involves verbal components along with breathing exercises, postural alignment and body-oriented processes. Through this multi-faceted approach to healing clients can gain greater insight into their physical and emotional state as well as develop a better understanding of themselves. In turn, this can lead to improved relationships with others, increased self-confidence and ultimately a deep sense of peace.

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Somatic Dance and Movement Therapy is great for people that have difficulty opening up

Somatic Dance and Movement Therapy is becoming an increasingly popular form of therapy for individuals looking for holistic approaches to healing. Its non-verbal practices are ideal for those who find it difficult to express themselves verbally or who need extra support in exploring the depths of their emotions. It is also beneficial for those who are seeking to feel connected and grounded in their body while learning how to move through life more mindfully. Whether you are looking for individual or group sessions, Somatic Dance and Movement Therapy is an effective way to foster positive change in your life.

Somatic Dance and Movement Therapy is an evidence based practice that has been shown to be effective in helping people cope with stress and emotional pain. It can also help those who may find traditional talk therapies difficult due to past traumas or other life experiences. With the right guidance and support, individuals can learn to use their body as a vehicle for self-expression and healing. Somatic Dance and Movement Therapy can also be a powerful way to cultivate a deeper connection to your authentic self and create meaningful relationships with others.

What should you wear to a Somatic dance and Movement Session?

When attending a Somatic Dance and Movement Therapy session, it is important to wear comfortable clothing that allows for freedom of movement. Loose-fitting items such as yoga pants or leggings and a t-shirt work well. Shoes are not necessary as many sessions involve being barefoot. It is also advisable to bring along a water bottle and a light blanket if desired. Ultimately, the goal should be comfort – both physical and emotional – so whatever clothing makes you feel safe, secure, and relaxed is what you should wear.

Who is Somatic Dance and Movement Therapy for?

Somatic Dance and Movement Therapy can be beneficial for people of all ages and abilities, regardless of their health or lifestyle. It is a great tool for individuals who are looking to reconnect with the body after an injury, illness or trauma. Those suffering from anxiety, depression, PTSD, chronic pain or any other physical or mental health conditions may also find this form of therapy helpful in managing their symptoms and improving overall wellbeing. Ultimately, anyone looking for a safe space to express themselves through movement and explore their innermost thoughts and feelings can benefit from Somatic Dance and Movement Therapy.

If you are interested in learning more about how this approach could help you find balance, growth, and health in your life, please reach out to Elizabeth Mulhane. She is available for individual sessions as well as group classes where you can explore movement practices together in an environment of safety and acceptance. It is possible to experience transformation through Somatic Dance and Movement Therapy; all it takes is dedication and the willingness to try something new!

Elizabeth can help guide you through the process of exploring physical sensations as well as provide personalized strategies to work towards achieving desired outcomes. With patience and dedication, it is possible to create lasting changes within yourself that will bring greater meaning and joy into your life.

Not interested in movement therapy but keen to try therapeutic movement?

If you would like to experience the therapeutic benefits of Somatic and Dance Movement, without the psychotherapy, you may be interested in learning more about Flow Form. Flow Form is an exciting new movement modality that embraces a positive psychology framework for improving wellbeing through combining somatic dance and movement therapy with yoga and tai chi qigong.

Flow Form is available for all age groups. Flow Form Instructors run mums and bubs classes; Flow Form StoryTime session for 2 to 6 years; and programs for older children and adults.

Flow Form Level 1 was launched was officially launched on the 20th of September 2021, through the Global Wellness Institute and internationally accredited through IMMA (The International Mindfulness And Meditation Alliance). We now have our Level 2 and 3 Instructor training programs available. So, if you are interested in a wonderful new lifestyle, teaching this multi-modality form across the lifespan, then register for Level 1, or reach out and ask for more information.

Interested in becoming a Flow Form Instructor? Find out more about Flow Form Level 1 – here.

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