What is dance/movement therapy?
Dance and movement therapy (DMT) focuses on the connection between the mind and body to promote health and healing. Physically, dance and movement therapy can include light exercises, improving mobility and muscle coordination, and reducing muscle tension. Emotionally, DMT can help improve self-awareness, self-confidence and provide an outlet for children to express and communicate feelings.
How does dance/movement therapy help kids?
As part of the Ponzio Creative Arts Therapy Program at Children's Colorado, DMT allows kids to use movement to express a wide range of emotions. This form of therapy is used for patients who have a variety of social, emotional, psychological, cognitive or physical concerns. It is often included as a part of the recovery process for kids with chronic illness. Our dance/movement therapists can work with kids in an individual setting, or with an entire family.
Dance/movement therapy at Children's Colorado helps kids get better faster by:
- Fostering a physically and emotionally safe, non-judgmental and fun environment
- Respecting individual limitations and achievements
- Facilitating individual expression and communication with other people
- Increasing body awareness, spontaneity, creativity and a healthy self-image
- Reducing chronic pain and body tension
- Developing a new relationship with the body
After a dance/ movement therapy multi-family group, one family member shared, “Wow and a-ha. Thank you for this opportunity to experience a new way to see myself, my child, and ponder how others see me.”
Getting started with dance/movement therapy
Medical patients and families can access individual dance/movement therapy by referral. Psychiatric patients and families experience dance/movement therapy group sessions within their integrated treatment schedules. However, any patient or family may request dance/ movement therapy as an integral part of their visit to Children's Hospital Colorado.